Paint Shop Pro X3 Review
|The original image with an unsightly mast messing up the picture.|
|The same image with the Smart Carver dialogue.|
|The offending mast is painted in for removal.|
|The mast is gone!|
Like “one-step photofix” before, these new features can be performed using existing tools such as layers, masks and the like, with a little skill and practice and achieve a result specific to the job rather than the generic result programmed into the software.
Probably for me the most useful feature was the RAW converter, which enabled me at last to batch read, convert and process files from my camera which was not possible in x2 because the RAW dialect was not recognised. A legion of such readers is now standard in the program.
|The Raw Dialogue
The software processes faster than X2. No longer is there a very long delay whilst the software catches up with the tools like the brushes, but the reading from file and the save to file are much slower. There is an upside to this. It is now possible to “undo” changes after a “save” and to go back to steps before the “save”.
The software is more of an upgrade than a new version.
“Curves” seem less likely to crash, although it is still possible to crash the software if you tell it to do too much at one time (I have pushed it to the limit though!). It is a pity that in the tidying up of the coding Corel didn’t take the opportunity to tidy up the menu structure.
|Object Extractor in the Images menu.|
|The object to be extracted is outlined and filled with red to select.|
|The Extracted object - there are some remnants of the original image which are easy to eliminate.|