After being around for 25 years, it probably shouldn't be a surprise that Corel Paint Shop Pro X8 is absolutely packed with image editing power.

There are tools to fix brightness, contrast, or colour problems, adjust sharpness, remove noise, fix red-eye, even tweak portrait shots to make your friends look thinner, smooth out their wrinkles or give them an attractive tan.

Automatic tools can apply many fixes with a click. Scripting and batch processing options help you work on hundreds of pictures in a single option, or of course you can take full manual control of every step.

A stack of special effects open up all kinds of creative opportunities, and there's support for Photoshop plugins if you need more.

The program is a highly capable paint and drawing tool, with a host of illustration options, and support for importing Photoshop brushes.

You also get powerful photo restoration features, a RAW camera lab, a slideshow builder, social media sharing, and more graphic design tools than you'll see in many desktop publishing programs.

Corel Paint Shop Pro X8 extends the program with Lens Correction tools to quickly fix distortions, vignetting and chromatic aberrations.

Select an object in a photo and relocate it, and the new "Magic Move" feature automatically fills the hole to match the surrounding background.

There are a series of big performance improvements, including brushes (40%-120%), Smart Edge (up to 50%) and saving native .pspimage files (up to 50%).

Smarter text handling means you're now able to fill a selection or vector shape with text that automatically wraps within it.

You also get more selection and layer options, preview of cut shapes and gradients, brush sizes of up to 3000 pixels, more batch processing features, and 4K display support means it all looks better than ever.


A solid upgrade brings even more professional features to this versatile image editing suite. Good value for what you get, too.