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PaintShop Pro X5

by Corel
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Powerful photo editing and creative design
  • Incredible instant effects
  • Fast and intuitive workspace
  • All-new social media features

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  • Platform:   Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
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  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 12 July 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Corel PaintShop Pro X5 - Whether you want to create powerful photos or dynamic digital works of art, Corel PaintShop Pro X5 provides all of the photo editing and creative design tools you need. Manage, adjust and edit your work with a few simple clicks. Create stunning photos with intense visual contrast using new and enhanced HDR features including the new ability to create HDR-style effects from single RAW photos. Organise your photos and tag people and places using the new Find People and Map View features. Get inspired with creative brush and vector tools, including new text and layer options. Hone your skills with built-in tutorials and use new social media integration to instantly share your creative vision on Facebook, Flickr and Google+.

Powerful photo-editing tools

  • Manage: quickly browse, tag and organize your images
  • Adjust: easily make adjustments and quick fixes
  • Edit: professional tools for photo editing, image composition and graphic design

Get incredible creative results - fast!

Turn everyday photos into stunning images in just seconds with the quick and easy photo-editing features of PaintShop Pro X5. Use new Instant Effects to apply visual presets to get the perfect look for your photos and create and customize your own presets for use in future projects. Recreate low-fi camera effects using the all-new Retro Lab or try the new Graduated Filter tool to quickly and easily add unique colour gradient effects to your images.

Built-in sharing and social media features

Share your photos and designs with the world using the new and enhanced social media features of PaintShop Pro X5. Create online albums, add descriptions, and simultaneously upload your photos and designs to Facebook, Flickr and Google+.

Versatile creative design tools

PaintShop Pro X5 is more than just a photo-editing solution, it's also a powerful design program that's perfect for any visual project - whether you're creating dynamic logos and designs, developing images for the web, or adding creative touches to your photos. Enjoy a variety of powerful design features, including creative brushes, textures, layers, vector tools and more!

Creative web graphics

Whether you're an aspiring or experienced web designer, PaintShop Pro X5 offers everything you need to create, edit and optimize your web graphics. Use built-in image slicing, mapping and simple rollover tools to create interactive web graphics. Results can be previewed in your web browser and new web image files are exported automatically with accompanying HTML code, making it easy to add to your web design projects.

Stunning HDR photos

Autobracketing is a powerful camera technology which automatically takes multiple shots of the same scene with different exposure settings. PaintShop Pro then selectively recombines the shots to create a single stunning HDR (High Dynamic Range) photo with intense visual contrast. PaintShop Pro X5 includes a variety of enhanced HDR features, including Exposure Merge features which allow you to preview HDR photo alignment, add moving objects and create black and white HDR photos. For added functionality, the Single RAW Photo feature allows you to split an individual RAW file into three images and then selectively recombine them to create an HDR-style effect.

RAW photo editing made easy

RAW is a powerful photo format which contains more information and detail than the traditional JPEG format of most digital cameras. PaintShop Pro X5 feature the Camera RAW Lab, a unique tool system which supports hundreds of camera models, allows for simple batch processing to convert RAW image files, and includes the ability to apply non-destructive adjustments to your RAW photos.

Connect with photos and people

With PaintShop Pro X5, connecting with those around you is even easier thanks to all-new features that bring photos and people together. Use the new Find People feature to automatically scan your photos using powerful face detection technology. It's the quick and easy way to identify, tag, and organize your photos based on the people who appear in them. You can also save time by linking friends and family members in your photos with Facebook and Flickr so they're automatically tagged when you share online.

Share your photos and your travels

Whether you want to share your latest travel adventure or are simply looking for a way to add a new dimension to your photos, PaintShop Pro X5 offers a variety of built-in features that combine places and photos. Use the Map Mode to view and add real-world locations to your photos using GPS data, Google Maps search, Facebook check-ins or copy and paste locations from other photos. And for the ultimate photo-travel experience, use the Share My Trip feature to create interactive slideshows that allow you to integrate your photos into a detailed map. Save your photo-map as a slideshow or upload it to your Dropbox account for optional sharing on Facebook.

System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP with the latest service packs installed (32-bit or 64-bit editions)
  • Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 or later (multi-core processor recommended)
  • 1.5 GB RAM (2 GB or higher recommended)
  • 1 GB of available hard-disk space required (2 GB or greater recommended)
  • 1024 x 768 16-bit colour display (24-bit recommended)
  • DirectX 9 or higher
  • Internet connection required for online features and tutorial videos
  • Windows compatible CD/DVD drive for installation

Turn everyday photos into stunning images in just seconds with the quick and easy photo-editing features of PaintShop Pro X5. Use new Instant Effects to apply visual presets to get the perfect look for your photos and create and customize your own presets for use in future projects. Recreate low-fi camera effects using the all-new Retro Lab or try the new Graduated Filter tool to quickly and easily add unique colour gradient effects to your images.

Key Benefits and Features

  • Free up the sketching process with ultra-responsive digital pencils, pens, markers, paintbrushes and airbrushes that look and feel just like the real thing.
  • Designed to feel and respond just like a physical sketchpad when used in companion with pen tablets such as Wacom Bamboo, Intuos, and Cintq products or with Windows-based tablet devices.
  • Streamlined interface delivering an unobstructed and discoverable environment, keeping you in the creative zone.
  • Featuring Copic Markers and the Copic Colour System
  • Familiar tools make it easy to get started, including pencils, paintbrushes, markers, airbrushes, erasers, flood fill tools, and smudge brushes.
  • Draw Styles and Guide tools, like French curves, help create clean and precise strokes.
  • Multi-touch navigation support on the latest Wacom devices.
  • Synthetic paintbrushes that behave more like traditional paint mediums, such as acrylics.
  • Smudge brushes for blending colours.
  • Even more brush controls to customize.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it used to be 22 Nov 2012
Platform for Display:PC
I've used PSP for donkey's years and with every new version it has got more complicated and difficult to use. It may well have more features than it used to and I appreciate that it has to keep up - but at what cost? This used to be a great bit of software which was easy to use, relatively straight forward to use and offered a good array of tools and features to suit most people's needs. For those of us who wanted ever more sophistication then the way forward was to buy something more heavy weight and more expensive. What we now have is something that takes more resource than it should, can often be unreliable, is often difficult to navigate and has lost all of its appeal and simplicity. This was once a great little product which was easy to use and gave many of the more so-called "professional products" a run for their money. It's now lost its way. And it's a shame.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Photo Editing! 1 Feb 2013
By Achilles TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Platform for Display:PC
I bought Corel Paintshop Pro X5 a couple of months ago and I am over the moon with it!

My passion is photography and I wanted to take it to the next step and start editing and playing around with my photos; Paintshop Pro X5 allows me to do that and a whole lot more. I have been teaching myself how to use the software, and after playing around with it and reading the tutorials I am getting pretty good at it. There is a user guide built in to it and video tutorials on the Corel webpage.

Pro X5 has powerful photo-editing and design capabilities which provides everything you need to create wonderful photos and designs. You can manage, adjust and edit your photos within 3 seperate pages and navigating between them is simple. When you have finalised your image you can tag people and upload straight onto facebook, Google etc if you wish.

To say that I am self taught I am doing well and although I still have a lot to learn, I am having fun doing it. Prior to purchasing this I looked into Adobe PhotoShop (Full version) which costs over 900; Corel Paintshop Pro X5 costs nearly 20 times less than this. Paintshop X5 may not be as powerful but it certainly puts up a good fight for the price of it!

I would advise anyone who loves Photography, photos and/or Art to buy this fabulous product...

I am very pleased and satisfied with my purchase. I hope this has helped you.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
By Misha The Penguin VINE VOICE
Platform for Display:PC|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
PaintShop Pro X5 is Corel's latest offering of the popular photo editing software. I currently have X4 and so was very interested to see if this was worth upgrading to.

First off though - how easy is it to install? Some of the simplest programmes can take forever so a programme like this could take a while? Wrong. The set up was painless and all installed within about 5 minutes. I was prompted to install an upgrade which turns out to be a service pack which means you will have the most up to date version installed in minutes.
A quick prompt allowed me to import my databases from the previous version which is as it should be. I was then confronted with the familiar user interface. Not much has changed here so it will be easy for previous users to navigate. If you are buying for the first time, you will find everything is laid out so you don't have any trouble finding your photos. This can give the screen a cluttered feel, but it's easy to undock and move any toolbars or sidebars you don't want. The menus are quite intuitive too which means when you hide a sidebar by mistake you can quite easily find it again!

Importing photos is easy - Opening Jpegs etc is straight forward. There is a RAW importer which works well with my Canon RAW files. This has a few settings you can change but not many -certainly not as many as my Canon RAW importer, however this is to be expected. Once in, a learning centre sidebar helps you with some simple adjustments. This is the beauty of a product such as this. A lot of thought has gone in to thinking about what people want and there are some useful presets covering contrast and exposure. If, like me, you prefer more control, you can move on to adjustment layers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Scrouge
Platform for Display:PC|Verified Purchase
Sounds daft. But it is true, if you are running the trial and it expires (like mine did on Christmas Eve) you have to remove the program, but here is where I had a problem (W7 Home Premium on Intel 2.8ghz Dual Core). Add/Remove did not work; it crashed, also tried CCleaner, Revo & IOBit, still no luck.
The choice left was manual remove - OMG not for the faint hearted, but hey, it worked, well I thought. After a reboot the program was taken off the disk and installed, but I could not get the update to install. Tried removing the program again and the computer failed to recognise that it existed. The only alternative was to rebuild W7. Happy to report since the rebuild, the program does what it should installed correctly and the update installed with no problem. I am not sure what caused the problem, but I think it may have been related to the fact the trial was over. I wasn't given the option to input a serial number when presented with the 0 days left screen, whether this was the program or Corel's anti piracy software, I don't know.

Now onto the review. It works, it is simple and the effects you can use are fantastic. The only downside I have find is when I upload photos via the Canon EOS up loader to C:Pictures... the program opens in Edit and opens up to 10 photos to edit, rather than Manage. Personally I would prefer to Manage my photos before editing them. There doesn't appear to be a "Watch Folders" process as in PSE. I'll have to see whether the W7 uploader has a similar effect or whether it is just Canon's software.

One thing I love is the Help files, unlike PSE they are accurate and don't leave you guessing; using the trial I have turned a colour photo taken at duxford 2012 into a picture aged by 60 years, so simple.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great
love this program, I have been using pro x2 for 4 years, this one is even better
only one thing, dont know is there any different languages....if anyone knows, let me know :)
Published 1 month ago by Ilona Herbert
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
bit too fiddly - preferred the older versions
Published 1 month ago by Penguin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like this and the different applications. At the moment I haven't got the time to explore it fully.
Published 2 months ago by Margaret Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh those after use adverts
Nice software, but they do plug themselves until you get angry. Not just the usual emails after you register the software, but pop ups when you exit the software. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Edward Cowling
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money
This will do almost everything that Photoshop does at a fraction of the cost. The only downside is that is difficult to find any printed guides - they are all for Photoshop. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Peter
3.0 out of 5 stars Steep Learning curve
I have had previous photo enhancing programmes in the past, but this one does stretch my abilities. The video on how to do things is fine if you have a perfect signal and speed... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Firstome
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor
The program crashes frequently and is unstable making it impractical to use. I am using Windows 7 and have never had a problem with any other photo editing program
Published 8 months ago by Garstings
5.0 out of 5 stars Photo software
Good product and as good as photoshop elements and cheaper,take some time and thought setting up and it works ok ,thank you
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Malcolm Gaskell
1.0 out of 5 stars Work
This item does not work, theres a problem with serial number, I have not been able to load it on to my computer.
Published 10 months ago by Maurice Lasker
3.0 out of 5 stars More complicated than it used to be.
I've been using PSP for many years and my old version doesn't like Windows 8, so I had to upgrade.
It has been made over complicated for simple use, but it still works as it... Read more
Published 11 months ago by CG
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