11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Mixed bag of tricks, good value but needs some dedication to achieve what you want,
This review is from: PaintShop Pro X4 (PC) (CD-ROM)
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I installed this software onto my laptop for myself and my boyfriend to use. I found it pretty easy, being a reasonably competent user of Photoshop and being familiar with layers, photo editing and print layouts. The tools are easier to use than the X2 version which I also have and the software is packed with features at a very reasonable price. When you compare it to something like Photoshop, this product wins hands down, it's under £60 and has most of the features without a price tag of several hundred pounds. It does produce some rather large output files but that was easily sorted by creating a file and then making it into a print ready pdf which reduced the size dramatically. I was able to produce a tidy looking leaflet for professional printing, numerous photos were edited for use on websites and all look great.
What I would say is that if you haven't used a similar package before, there IS a learning curve, you should work through the various tutorials. This isn't like Microsoft Word or similar packages, it's a photo editing suite and has different tools and works in a different way. Be prepared to give yourself a few hours to work through the tutorials and learn how to use it properly. If you do that, you'll have added a very powerful tool to your toolbox and you'll be delighted with the results.
My boyfriend didn't find the software intuitive, but also refused to follow the tutorials in the belief that he had taught himself to use Viseo and this would be similar. Big mistake, much time wasted and a very frustrated man who had achieved very little after several hours of muttering at the screen. Once I'd shown him the basics of how the software works (all included in tutorials and the very helpful user manual) he managed to achieve his goal of producing a leaflet, editing photos and creating posters.