Corel has released the 10th major version of its Paint Shop Pro image editing software. The upgrade focuses on tools for photographers, but also adds professional design features.
Paint Shop Pro gains the Smart Photo Fix filter, which analyses a photo and suggests settings to correct colour, brightness, sharpness and saturation. Unlike standard auto-correction tools, the filter allows users to manually adjust the values before effects are applied.
The application gains a series of Makeover Tools, including Blemish Fixer, Toothbrush, Suntan Brush and Wrinkle Fixer. As you might expect, Blemish Fixer removes spots and smoothes skin, Toothbrush brightens teeth, Suntan Brush warms pale complexions and Wrinkle Fixer, based on the Scratch Remover tool, smoothes skin.
There’s also Object Remover, which gets rid of unwanted elements from photos but replaces them with automatically created background textures. Tools for working with black-and-white photography have been enhanced by the inclusion of simulated infrared and black-and-white filters that apply colour filters first.
Camera RAW support has been enhanced to bring the number of supported formats to more than 40.
Paint Shop Pro X gains 16bit colour support, CMYK image import (with support for ICC profiles) and enhanced monitor calibration with support with LCD displays.
The upgrade also integrates the Browser Palette into the Paint Shop Pro interface, and adds the Paint Shop Pro X Learning Center step-by-step guide to the application, and the separate Photo Album 6.0 software for managing software.
Paint Shop Pro X costs £85 plus VAT.