- Inconsistent interface
- No macOS version
- Some operations slow
Getting Started With PaintShop Pro
Corel PaintShop Pro 2023 v184.108.40.206 (x64) Crack runs on Windows 10 (recommended version 1903 or later with the latest Service Pack (64-bit editions). You first install a small downloader program that completes the installation. You have to choose whether you want 32-bit, 64-bit, or both—the last means you’ll be compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit plug-ins. After this step, the program asked me to enter an email to create an account, which only requires confirmation by responding to an automatically generated email.
Corel offers downloadable effect packs, too, such as ParticleShop brushes and ColorScript color effects (for $14.99 and $4.99, respectively). I installed PaintShop Pro on my test PC running Windows 10 Pro and sporting a Core i7 6700 CPU, 16GB RAM, and an Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics card.
What’s New in PaintShop Pro?
Corel puts a lot of effort into improving and adding features to the venerable image editing software, taking feedback from user advisory boards and program telemetry to decide what people want. New features for the 2023 version include AI Background Replacement, AI Portrait Mode, and a much-improved AI Style Transfer. It also adds support for the HEIC and HEIF file types that iPhones use and an updated Welcome and startup experience. New brushes, color palettes, gradients, patterns and picture tubes, and a Frame tool for placing images inside shapes round out the updates.
The Ultimate version adds a Highlight Reel video slideshow-creating feature (similar to the one in Corel VideoStudio), MultiCam Capture Lite for screen and webcam video presentations, Painter Essentials 8 for simple drawing, sketching, and painting on the PC.
In 2021, PaintShop added a touch-friendly photography mode that includes a split before-and-after view, handy for seeing the effects of your edits. (I’d still like to see a side-by-side option like Lightroom’s.) Also arriving in that version were AI Upsampling, AI Denoise, AI Artifact Removal, AI Style Transfer, and the HDR Studio plug-in. A big tool from this update is the Sea-to-Sky Workspace (only in Ultimate). It’s applies appropriate fixes to underwater and aerial shots, such as those from a drone.
Other recent updates added a slew of tools as well. The 2020 version added SmartClone for blending multiple image selections; Refine Brush for selecting complex objects like hair or tree lines; new brushes, color palettes, gradients, patterns and picture tubes; Text tool enhancements; and an improved Depth of Field tool. Available within the Crop tool, Depth of Field lets you position the focus area with a five-by-five grid of squares. The 2019 version added 360-Degree camera support, an improved crop toolbar, stylus and tablet support, and a more-customizable UI.
The PaintShop Interface
Corel PaintShop Pro 2023 v220.127.116.11 (x64) Crack Welcome screen shows your recent files, product news, tutorials, and add-ins for purchase. Pick an image to work on, and the program starts up in one of four workspaces you choose: Photography, Essentials, Complete, and Sea-to-Sky. Only three tabs grace the top of the Complete program window: Home, Manage, and Edit. Aside from the simple Photography workspace, the others each take you through an interface tour wizard to show you what’s what.
The Photography workspace is simple and touch-friendly. I appreciate the ability to use a touch screen more and more as threat of carpal tunnel syndrome from excessive mouse usage looms.
In the Photography workspace, you find basic tools like Rotate, Crop, Brightness, Color adjustments, One Step Photo Fix, and White Balance. You also get some of the fancier tools, including AI Upsampling, AI Denoise, AI Artifact Removal, and AI Style Transfer. There’s an arrow offering even more tools, like the useful Local Tone Mapping tool, High Pass Sharpen, Fill Light/Clarity, Vibrancy, and Fade Correction. I’d like to see adjusters for highlights and shadows here, too, but they’re MIA. A Fill Light control makes up for the lack of a shadows slider, but the Photography view offers a handy split-screen view to see your edits’ effect. You can adjust the text and icon size and workspace colors, as well.
Another thing I’d like to see in this Photography mode interface, aside from highlights and shadows, is an easier, one-button way to get to the program’s other, more-advanced workspaces—Essentials and Complete. You can switch to any mode from the File > Workspace menu, but buttons would be quicker. A minor interface feature I like to see in photo apps is having sliders snap to the default position when you double click.
From Welcome, you can also start with project templates. PaintShop’s templates are similar to the Create dialog that appears when you first run Photoshop. The New Image dialog’s Blank Canvas tab is rich with choices like Photo, Paper, Web, Mobile, and Social. One thing I don’t see, which Photoshop has, is a Clipboard choice that sizes your new project to an image you’ve copied. The New From Template tab, like Photoshop’s, offers several document types, including calendars, collages, cards, business reports, and social media. Most of these are in-app purchases—in both programs—though you can create your own custom templates.
The interface is customizable when it comes to color and the size of elements such as icons and scroll bars. These options get their own main menu option: User Interface. From here, you can, for example, enlarge menu text so that it doesn’t look tiny on a 4K monitor. (It also worked well for my QXD 2560×1440 display). The main window’s side panels can also be undocked or dismissed. The program includes sample images, so you’re not starting from zero. Additionally, the Complete workspace still includes the right-panel Learning Center, which helps you along with many image-editing procedures.
You can zoom in or out to any magnification you choose, with a simple spin of the mouse wheel. There are 1:1 and Fit Image to Window buttons in PaintShop, or you can zoom simply by spinning the mouse wheel.
Unlike in Adobe Photoshop Elements, which has a separate Organizer app, you do everything in PaintShop in the same window, but you switch modes for different functions.
Manage Mode and Importing
As its name suggests, Manage mode is where you organize your photo collection. Like Photoshop, PaintShop is not a photo workflow application, even though it includes tools for organizing and outputting. This is especially evident when importing photos; it’s more a matter of simply opening photos rather than importing them. PaintShop lacks the big Import button you find in workflow apps such as Adobe Lightroom. You can import content from a scanner, webcam, or previous versions of Corel PaintShop Pro 2023 v18.104.22.168 (x64) Crack including not only photos, but also brushes, gradients, and Picture Tubes—as long as it’s stored in the standard folders.
For organization and management, you can add star ratings to photos, as well as tags for keywords, people, and places. You can also create collections, including Smart Collections of photos that meet specified criteria, such as date, name, or tags. Smart Collections let you specify criteria, such as text in the file name or image size to automatically create a Collection. PaintShop no longer includes automatic face recognition feature—a feature Photoshop has also dropped.
On the left panel is source navigation, with folders and collections. In the center is your main content view—thumbnails, full image, or a map showing photo locations based on GPS data. You can double-tap a thumbnail for a quick full-screen preview with options for rating, rotating, deleting, or launching the image in the editor. Images aren’t overwritten when you save edits; rather, they are saved in PaintShop’s own PSP format.
You can also save in Adobe PSD format (though you lose vector layers and other features), along with dozens of other standard image formats. If you open a PSD file created in Photoshop, layers are preserved, and you can edit them separately to taste. Afterwards, your edits are fully editable if you open the resulting PSD in Photoshop. What this means is that if you’re working with someone who uses Photoshop, you’ll be able to edit compatibly in PaintShop, but if you start in PaintShop, they’ll only see a flattened version of your file.
Though the Essentials workspace is drastically simplified, it retains frequently needed features, and you can add and remove tools to suit your needs. There are still quite a number of menu choices along the top—14 of them, compared with Photoshop’s 11 and Photoshop Elements’ 10. Like Photoshop, PaintShop lets you create custom workspaces, though the Adobe product offers six options by default compared with PaintShop’s four. Photoshop Elements has Quick, Guided, and Expert modes, which can be thought of as workspaces.
On thing I find odd about the Essentials workspace is that it’s missing the Manage button at the top that is found in the other two workspaces.
360-Degree Photo Editing
When you first try to open a 360-degree image file shot on a camera like the GoPro Max, a dialog asks whether you want to edit it as 360-degree image or to open for adjustments and effects. The latter doesn’t affect the geometry of the photo. Instead, you can manipulate just the lighting and color effects, as though it were a warped 2D photo. Doing so keeps it in 360 format with your lighting corrections, so you can still upload it to Facebook or other 360 viewers. Corel helpfully includes a few sample 360 files for experimentation.
Opening an image in 360-degree mode presents a separate editing window and an explanatory dialog showing what you can do with the file type. There are really just four editing options: Straighten, Remove Tripod, 360-to-Panorama, and Planet effects. The last two convert the image from 360 to a standard format, such as JPG, after applying the effect.
The most useful tool is Straighten, which worked well in my testing. This option removes the unnatural curves of your 360-degree photo and lets you pick a viewing angle for the resulting image. You can pan around with the mouse or use slider controls for Pan, Tilt, Field of View (zoom), and Rotate. Then you save your work as a standard 2D photo in the format of your choice.
Remove Tripod switches your view to facing down, where a tripod normally would appear. You select the tripod with a circle, a free selection tool, or a square, and then apply Magic Fill to match the surrounding terrain. The Panorama option is mostly just a crop tool—it didn’t convert the image to a natural looking panorama, as the Straighten tool does.
The Planet effects include Tiny planet and its opposite, Rabbit Hole. The tool worked fine on sample images.
The Rabbit Hole and Tiny Planet 360-degree image effects.
One minor annoyance with the 360-degree editing window is that hitting Cancel after one operation takes you out of the editor. I often wanted to switch from, say, Straighten to Panorama, but I had to start over instead.
Basic Photo Correction
Corel PaintShop Pro 2023 v22.214.171.124 (x64) Crack includes auto-correction, along with tools like a histogram with lighting and color controls. The One Step Photo Fix (available in all editing workspaces) corrected lighting problems in many of my test photos. The Smart Photo Fix dialog gives you a lot more control. You can click a neutral spot to correct the white balance and use a Levels slider to balance a lopsided histogram.
Smart Photo Fix also shows before and after views so you can see the results of your adjustments and edits. There’s also a Revert button at the bottom of the corrections panel. After all, there are certainly times when you’ve adjusted a photo excessively and just want to start over. Back and Forward buttons also help with this.
PaintShop’s Effects menu goes leagues past the familiar Instagram choices, but it does offer Instant Effects that mimic those. The Time Machine tool lets you see how your photo would look if taken in 1839 through 1960. There are lots and lots of effects—Artistic, Film, B&W, scene lighting. Clicking on an effect, shows a preview of the selected effect side by side with your original image. If the slew of effects isn’t enough for you, you can download even more.
Another gap is the lack of control over the effects. Sometimes you want to tone it down a bit, as I found with the Instant Film effect. Photoshop Elements’ instant effects are indeed adjustable, but Corel PaintShop Pro 2023 v126.96.36.199 (x64) Crack aren’t.
Of course, you could fuss with the image using the app’s other adjustments for lighting and color, but it’s nice to have a slider that simply controls the effect’s strength, as even Instagram does. Luckily, there are also Undo and Redo buttons, since applying effects can get messy. You can limit the disk space used by these, but otherwise, they’re unlimited. The program offers Autosave, with a minimum time between saves of 15 minutes—a bit long for my taste. Another help is the big Revert button, in case things have gotten completely out of hand and you want to start over.
The most commonly used photo editing tool by far is the crop tool. It may seem that there’s nothing to it, but Adobe supercharged Photoshop’s crop tool, even adding AI-powered auto-suggested cropping (now also found in Photoshop Elements). Corel continues to give attention to its own crop tool, too. It gives you a better idea of your final result by darkening the rest of the image. It offers overlays for composition guides, including golden spiral, golden ratio, and rule of thirds. When you rotate with the tool, the crop box stays put while the image rotates, so you can see the result without tilting your head.
Corel continues to add new photo editing possibilities to its Corel PaintShop Pro 2023 v188.8.131.52 (x64) Crack , making it a worthy Photoshop alternative on Windows for a budget-conscious, one-time price.