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Paint Shop Pro 8

by Corel
Windows 2000 / 95 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Complete graphics and photo editor for home and business
  • Record and save any series of steps or actions as a Script
  • New image editing and photo composition tools
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 95 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00009450H
  • Release Date: 5 May 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,496 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Amazon.co.uk Review

PaintShop Pro is one of the original graphics editors, stretching back over 10 years. This latest version of the program features a new, more logically organised interface. Gone are the cumbersome floating palettes, a feature of earlier incarnations. The tool options palette, for example, is now a context-sensitive ribbon under the menu bar. Lifting a leaf out of the CorelDraw handbook, the colour palette and several others have been rearranged as dockers on the right-hand side of the screen.

The painting engine itself has been rewritten to give smoother control over your brushstrokes and it's now quite possible to do delicate work with the mouse, where before a graphics tablet might have been necessary.

Several new tools have been introduced and others have been enhanced, so they're equally useful to the casual photo retoucher and the professional digital artist. A couple of examples are the red-eye removal and erase-to-background tools. Red-eye removal calls up a two-pane dialogue, for editing on the left and preview on the right. After highlighting each eye in turn and selecting the colour and hue of your choice, the result can be a very natural looking pair of irises.

Erase-to-background enables you to paint away any part of a photo and leave just the unpainted parts as a foreground image. It's more intelligent than a simple eraser and detects line edges so works particularly well on high-contrast subjects. Other new tools include warp and mesh warp brushes.

A major new productivity feature is the scripting recorder, with which you can teach the program a task and get it to repeatedly run that sequence of operations. This is ideal if you want to convert a batch of files from one format to another or resize a series of images. --Simon Williams

Customer Reviews

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robo-Shop 1 Jun 2003
I’ve used Paint Shop Pro versions 5, 6, & 7 previously for web design and graphics editing, and can definitely recommend version 8 as a truly innovative release. It still has the familiar user-friendly layout, which is improved with more intuitive menu icons, but really leaps ahead with the macro/script interface that allows repetitive tasks to be automated. The script language employed (Python) is no more difficult to grasp than HTML or JavaScript, and there is a comprehensive guide to the various commands available on the CD in the “Script Authoring” folder. Coupled with this are improved handling of web graphics, using web browser preview, and a nice new menu option for web image splicing and mapping, similar to the recent versions of Photoshop.
Other nice touches include Macromedia style walkthrough animations of the main program options within help, and new Warp and Background Eraser brushes, amongst others. Down sides are very hard to find with this product, but if I was being picky I would say that the text editing window is less intuitive than previous releases. It took me a minute or two to find out how to change text colours after I’d typed my text in (Tip: The background colour is the fill text colour!).
In summary then, as with all PSP releases, it is very good for the beginner to intermediate/advanced user, and this version in particular is excellent for web designers. The main competition for PSP is Adobe Photoshop, and whilst Photoshop would still seem to have the edge in terms of high-end professional features, PSP is not far behind, it is more user-friendly, and is certainly far better value for money. If, however, you are just looking to crop, enhance and reduce red-eye in your digital photos, then you might be better off looking at something like Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 or Jasc Paint Shop Photo Album 4.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paint Shop Pro has got even better 16 May 2003
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I've been using Paint Shop Pro v.8.0 for over a week now. It is absolutely brilliant. f you want a fully featured image editor, but can't afford Photoshop 7.0, this will be an excellent substitute.
The software interface has improved with a much more polished, professional layout. There's plenty to help the beginner, as well as all the 'manual' options for those more familiar with the technical details. Version 7.04 was good, this is even better.
For those who like photographing buildings, the perspective correction tool is excellent. The automatic correction tools for adjusting colour balance, contrast, focus etc are also highly efficient and deliver great results.
The layer features are now more sophisticated too - add the ability to record scripts and what you end up with is a product that will meet the needs of home users and professionals alike.
Version 8 now supports digital cameras more fully, it now displays the Exif data from digital cameras and also supports WIA with the latest Windows operating systems.
If you want a useful program that will provide hours of fun, look no further. Place your order now!
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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb as usual but the 8.1 patch is ESSENTIAL ! 11 Dec 2003
Having been an avid user of Jasc's universally excellent Paintshop Pro product from way back on version 3 (and before!), I received version 8.0 on the day of release earlier this year.
DISASTER! For the first time that I can remember, Jasc had clearly either been pressured into rushing out the release, or the product was just downright poor. I was gutted to say the least. On my "typical" Windows 2000 PC at work, the package was crashing left right and centre - something which I have NEVER had problems with before on PSP.
Some respite came with the release of a "free" downloadable patch up to version 8.01, but even this was still littered with bugs and crashing problems (and it wasn't just my PC at fault - a quick look on the Jasc PSP on-line forum and I found dozens of other people from around the world who were having even more problems!)
So how come I have still given the product 4 stars? Well, fortunately, Jasc have now finally got their act back together with the release of another "free" downloadable patch - this time up to version "8.1".
Since I have installed this essential upgrade, I am delighted to announe that normal service has been resumed! No crashes and improved performace all round. I can now finally start to play with all of the new features and improvements present that were not in version 7.x.
So yes, overall 4 stars here rather than my usual 5 for PaintShop Pro. The software is still an superb bargain, but Jasc need to be punished here for the disaster that was (in my opinion) version 8.0. I am assuming that the boxed product is now shipping with 8.1 on the CDrom, but do check when you install as you might still need to download the 8.1 update.
I hope that this information is helpful. Do stick with PSP - it's still "The Daddy", but 8.0 needs to be patched up immediately!
John Mounsey, December 2003
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Photoshop this is the best! 19 Sep 2004
By A Customer
Photo Shop to many is the best photo program around today I agree I used it for three years at Uni. Even after that long though I never managed to master it because it was so complicated! but I always had Paint Shop Pro handy to make life easier.
Paint Shop Pro is a wonderful photo/design program you will ever wish for. It has most of the options of Photoshop the options that are missing you will never use anyway unless your a graphic designer.
You have a huge manual to look through but I recommend buying one of the many books available to learn the real basics. The best thing about this though is the help guide on the program its fantastic at showing you how to do something.
Paint Shop Pro is recommended to anyone after a great photo program I would even recommend it to Graphic designers. If you don't want to pay hundreds of pounds for Photoshop this program if for you it has everything that Photo Shop has and its a bargain!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good computer programme.
Published 1 month ago by Joan.S.Landon
4.0 out of 5 stars The last of the useful PaintShop Pro versions
The last of the useful PaintShop Pro versions, I'm led to understand. Rich in features so, almost inevitably, not easy to start to use. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Martin Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 3 months ago by A D Harflett
5.0 out of 5 stars Paint Shop Pro 8
Excellent peice of software; i'm still using it today. The only downside is, since Corel took over there are no further updates and their newer versions are too expensive. Read more
Published 9 months ago by A. Forbes
5.0 out of 5 stars fab thank you excellent
fab thank you excellent wonderful service what else can one say it arrived i am using it life ig great
Published 13 months ago by Mrs u shields
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for photo compilers
Photoshop is supposed to rule when it comes to photographic software packages, but it has one fatal flaw for anyone who has a very large image library; the Photoshop browsing... Read more
Published on 11 July 2011 by Peter Sharpe
1.0 out of 5 stars not so great
dont recommend it, software was waste of money did not understand it,
did not give be any pleasure to used it, ended up in my bin after a week.
Published on 10 Mar 2010 by kami
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Product.
I used this continuously until I eventually moved to Photoshop Elements which is now my main photo software. This is a very good product with some good tools.
Published on 18 Dec 2009 by Mr. S. Newbury
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
Having used Corel stuff for years I thought I would try this. Oh dear its hard work. I cant even manage to find out how to draw a filled shape!!! Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2009 by Mr. Colin S. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars paint shop pro 8
I have a version of paint shop pro 6 which I liked very much, but running it on vista worked but kept coming up with an error message. Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2008 by Mr. Clive Mealing
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