5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good in parts,
This review is from: Corel PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate (PC) (CD-ROM)
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I was making a video of this program's installation and use for you, but I see Andrea Polk has already made an excellent one.
Installation of the main program was quite slow (about 20 mins) - and had to be done twice as, following the initial installation, it went off and downloaded a newer version. This is, of course, correct, but I wish it had checked for updates before starting the first run! I then needed a further half an hour to install the Ultimate Creative Collection, FacFilter Studio 3 and Perfectly Clear from the second disc.
On first run, the program invited me to become a Corel Member. I did this (free) and downloaded some plug-ins that were shown as available. One of these was a Scripting Guide which, it says, will enable me to write scripts that make decisions, use data from an open document, or prompt someone to enter data. I'm intrigued by this, as it suggests PSPX6 can do more than enhance photos. I will explore it later.
There are dozens of PaintShop Pro X6 tutorials on Corel's YouTube stream, here: [...]
This program is marketed as a photographic enhancement tool, and I can see that it's very full-featured in this respect. It's pretty easy to navigate on first run, although there are many functions that will require further exploration. Fortunately, the built-in help is comprehensive, with loads more on the Web. I used a snapshot of some 85-year-old relatives, thinking this would make a good test for the top-level cosmetic features. The skin smoother correctly identified skin, and promptly smoothed it to the extent that most of the facial features were also smoothed into insignificance! In other programs, I would use a brush to control the areas to be smoothed - I assume this is also available in PSPX6, but was interested to test the automatic function. It was too blunt an instrument. So was the smile whitener, which, despite being on the lowest setting, whitened half the face as well. Some other semi-automated photographers' tools, like a depth of field adjuster and background light balancing, seemed to work pretty well.
I hadn't realised that FaceFilter3 is a separate program. On firing it up, I was once again invited to register - with Reallusion this time, not Corel - and offered some bonus content. The tools in this were fun to work with; they are basically digital make-up kits that you can tailor to the face you're working with. Supplied templates allow you to conform faces to standardised 'attractiveness'. This makes me uncomfortable, but would be brilliant for vanity work on pictures of young-ish human beings. On my elderly test subjects, this program once again wiped the character out of their faces.
In summary: The software would be worthwhile for social network addicts who upload a lot of photos and care how they look. You can polish up your faces, remove the beer stains, and make the light more flattering ;) The same goes for vanity photographers - your wedding parties, award winners and aspiring models can look their best at all times. PSPX6 offers enough fine control for professional results. It's not, however, as sophisticated as Photoshop.