PaintShop Pro X4 (PC)
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- Easily manage, adjust and edit photos in the redesigned workspace
- Retouch photos quickly with adjustment tools and filter effects
- Extract unwanted objects, blend colours and apply professional lighting effects with advanced editing features
- Merge photos taken with different exposures to get a natural or surrealistic look with the new HRD module
- Seamlesslessly combine elements from different photos to create the perfect shot with new Photo Blend
- Brighten shadowy areas of a photo while preserving the rest of the image
- Manage photos on one screen and edit on the other with new dual monitor support
- Post photo's to Facebook and Flickr from the Organizer
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- Platform: Windows 7 / Vista / XP
- Media: CD-ROM
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Corel PaintShop Pro X4 gives passionate photographers more to love with hundreds of photo-editing features, a streamlined workspace, new pro-level effects and one-click sharing. Retouch photos faster. Create the perfectly exposed image or achieve a surreal, artistic effect with the HDR module. Remove distractions and combine the best elements from a series of shots with Photo Blend. Plus, have fun with the new Selective Focus feature and mimic expensive tilt-shift lenses to turn a scene into a miniature world. Managing and editing all your photos is easier with redesigned workspaces and dual monitor support. When you're ready to show your best photos, sharing to sites like Facebook and Flickr is just a click away.
Key Features and Benefits
Professional-quality tools in a streamlined, intuitive workflow
With PaintShop Pro X4, you get the photo-editing tools you need to create the professional look you want. Fix common flaws with standard editing tools. Retouch photos quickly with adjustment tools and filter effects that let you extract unwanted objects, blend colors and apply professional lighting effects.
Take advantage of over 50 adjustment filters and 112 special effects to fine-tune your work. Merge photos taken with different exposures to create a stunning, perfectly exposed image with the new HDR module. Or experiment with the tonal range to get an intriguing, surrealistic look. The HDR tools in PaintShop Pro X4 are ideal for revealing hidden details in backlit scenes like sunsets. Try it with a series of photos taken using the auto-bracket feature on your DSLR.
Get the look of tilt-shift photography without expensive lenses using the new Selective Focus feature. Turn a scene into a miniature world or use it to add depth of field.
Combine photos easily
The new Photo Blend tool lets you combine the best elements from similar shots to create your ideal photo. For example, remove unwanted cars or people from a street scene, or take the best smiles from a series of group shots.
With new performance updates, including GPU optimisations, PaintShop Pro X4 is the fastest version yet. More real-time effects--including Noise Reduction, Vibrancy, Tone Mapping and others--let you see the results as you work. Start up time is drastically reduced, plus the interface is faster and more responsive.
Enjoy an easy and intuitive editing experience with tabbed workspaces that mirror your natural workflow. Move freely between three modes:
- Manage--quickly browse, tag and organise your photo collections
- Adjust--easily make powerful adjustments and quick fixes
- Edit--take advantage of professional tools for photo editing, image composition and graphic design
You can also access the Organiser directly from any workspace, making it easy to review and rate your photos. Use trays to gather and access images from several folders and refer to the new Shot Info panel to instantly see details about the camera and image. New dual monitor support lets you manage your photos on one screen while editing on the other. Plus, try new Adjustment Layers to experiment without changing your source image.
More detailed photos
Brighten shadowy areas of your photo without changing the rest of the image with Fill Light. Try the Clarity filter to draw attention to subtle details, dramatically increasing the texture and depth of your photos.
Apply a custom fade to the outer edge of a photo to emphasise the focal point of your image. With the new Vignette effect, you can use intuitive sliders to control the appearance of the edges by choosing the shape, colour and tone, and adjusting the amount of blur, glow and feathering.
Robust RAW Lab
Get a better look at your images with a larger preview area in the redesigned RAW Lab, which now supports more camera models and opens your images faster.
Built-in social media sharing
Share your photos faster with one-click sharing to Facebook and Flickr straight from the Organiser window.
Professional editing power
New: HDR tools: A totally new set of HDR tools in PaintShop Pro X4 is designed to let you take full advantage of photos taken with auto-bracketing features on DSLRs.
You can use Exposure Merge to combine photos taken with different exposure settings to create perfectly exposed images. Ideal for high-contrast backlit scenes, such as sunsets and interior window shots, Exposure Merge lets you bring out colour and detail in the foreground, midground, and background areas. PaintShop Pro X4 has built-in HDR-adjustment presets, or you can save and reuse your favourite configurations as a preset.
For photographers who use auto-bracketing often, Batch Merge is a time-saving tool for quickly processing HDR sets. It lets you merge multiple bracketed sets of photos at the same time to achieve a custom, uniform look across a series of HDR photos. Batch Merge lets you save your results to a 32-bit HDR file so you can refine it later. In some cases, this might be all you need to get the look you were hoping for. In other cases, you'll want to adjust the results in Exposure Merge.
New: Photo Blend: Getting a group shot where everyone looks their best just got a lot easier with Photo Blend. This new feature lets you combine the best features from a series of photos to create a perfect image. For example, you can swap out a blinking photo subject from one picture for a better shot of that person. And if the only thing that stands between a good photo and a perfect one is an unwanted element, Photo Blend makes it easy to remove unwanted portions of images. You can even get creative by showing the same person multiple times in a single photo.
New: Fill Light and Clarity filter: Using this one powerful filter, you can fine-tune the brightness and clarity of your photos. The Fill Light/Clarity filter simplifies brightening shadows or darkening light areas without affecting other portions of the image. You can also soften or sharpen subtle yet important details in shots.
New: Selective Focus: This new effect lets you transform a real shot into a miniature model. Selective Focus, often referred to as a tilt-shift effect, lets you intuitively adjust the depth of field and increase saturation to create the illusion of a toy-like miniature scene from a photo. You can also use Selective Focus to draw attention to important parts of an image by blurring out busy surrounding details.
New: Vignette: PaintShop Pro X4 makes this classic photo effect easier than ever to create, tweak, and apply. The new Vignette feature adds a soft outer border that fades to white or black so you can draw attention to the most important part of your shot. Easy-to-use controls let you fine-tune the shape of the edges and the amount of blur, glow, and feathering. In addition, an instant preview lets you quickly see how the effect looks.
Enhanced: Camera RAW Lab: The Camera RAW Lab is now easier to use with a larger preview area and an improved histogram that help you quickly assess your adjustments. In addition, new highlight recovery options mean that you can restore detail in overexposed areas.
Enhanced: 16-bit support: PaintShop Pro X4 has extended 16-bit support to a range of tools and adjustments, giving you even more precision and flexibility when working with RAW formats.
Over 20 tools have been upgraded to 16-bit support, including the Scratch Remover, Paint Brush, Object Remover, Colour Replacer, Warp Brush, Mesh Warp, and Background Eraser.
Enhanced: Application speed: PaintShop Pro X4 has more than 75 performance updates, including GPU optimisations, that help ensure a fast, efficient working environment. Effects, such as Noise Reduction, Vibrancy and Tone Mapping, can now be applied in real time. Skin Smoothing, Smart Carver, Depth of Field, Blur, and Smart Photo Fix have also been refined to offer enhanced speed and performance. In addition, Camera RAW decoding is faster than ever.
Enhanced: Full-screen review: The Quick Review feature has been tweaked to offer full-screen image review so you can quickly and easily view, delete, rotate, and rate your photos.
New: MUI support: Great if you're working on a multilingual dual-byte system, new native multilingual user interface (MUI) support means that you can display text from multiple interface languages on a single PC. Now, there's never a problem working with photos that have foreign characters in their filename.
Enhanced: Workspace: PaintShop Pro X4 has been redesigned so you can move between photo workflows in a click. The application has three tabbed workspaces each dedicated to a different stage in the digital-photography workflow. The Manage workspace gives you everything you need to review and organise your photos. You can find the most frequently used image-correction tools in the Adjust workspace, and the Edit workspace provides you with a full range of professional-level editing tools. No matter which workspace you're in, the Organiser palette is always displayed, so there's no need to go to a separate workspace or application to find more photos.
New: Dual monitor support: Because you can never have enough screen space, PaintShop Pro X4 lets you manage your photos on one monitor and edit on another.
Corel PaintShop Pro X4 gives passionate photographers more to love with hundreds of photo-editing features, a streamlined workspace, new pro-level effects and one-click sharing. Retouch photos faster. Create the perfectly exposed image or achieve a surreal, artistic effect with the HDR module. Remove distractions and combine the best elements from a series of shots with Photo Blend. Plus, have fun with the new Selective Focus feature and mimic expensive tilt-shift lenses to turn a scene into a miniature world. Managing and editing all your photos is easier with redesigned workspaces and dual monitor support. When you’re ready to show your best photos, sharing to sites like Facebook and Flickr is just a click away!See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
The packaging is excellent and the software is contained inside on a single disk. However...if you are of a nervous disposition this is the time to take your meds... it comes with a clear and colourful manual!!! I am torn between saying 'how retro' and 'what a relief'. The manual is small enough to be readable and large enough to be an adequate reference. I recommend this product thoroughly.
I've used Paint Shop Pro since v5 and loved it back then but in more recent years moved to Photoshop Elements 'cause that's just what you do, right? Maybe not.
When I first bought my Digital SLR camera the de-facto software to get was Photoshop Elements. It's just what everyone said to do. There's screeds of books on it too and it's very good, largely because it's an excellent catalog of all your photos. Sadly, no-one mentions Paint Shop Pro when talking about photo editing but maybe people should start to.
So back to PSP X4: wouldn't say it has the same cataloging features as PSE9 but it does allow you to easily drill down through your folders (and all my pictures are organised by year and topic) so it's easy to find pictures. You can create smart tags to easily find pictures too.
The interface: amazing, what a leap forward. As someone else mentioned, I think this actually has more image enhancing features than PSE9 and on the surface seem more accessible. It's very intuitive to use whereas PSE is slightly scary to the beginner.
The tool: as an amateur photographer, I have recently looked into purchasing Photoshop Lightroom which is a really nice product. Having reviewed this and the demo of Lightroom, I no longer see a need for it. This can do everything PSE can and on first impressions, as much as Lightroom. I love the tilt-shift (miniaturisation) effect and vignetting is very easy too (something that requires more effort in PSE9). It's much faster than PSE9 too (with a quad core processor, 1Gb graphics and 12Gb RAM, I can verify this).Read more ›
The odd thing is, PSP7 has been one of the first things I've installed on every PC ever since. The later versions of Paintshop Pro... not so much.
Yes, of course, each new incarnation includes a couple of new features, and on the quite rare occasions when it would be nice to use one of them, I fire up the latest version. Then I spend a while fumbling my way through the less-than-user-friendly interface, use the effect, save the picture... and head back to good ol' version 7 again to finish the job.
Or I just use The GIMP...
If you have no other 2D image editing software, you could certainly do much worse than PSP X4, but first you might like to have a look at something like the GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program), which is totally free. I think you'll find it will do almost everything that PSP X4 will do. It may not have the easiest interface to master, but it's no worse than Paintshop's, and if you really felt the need you could probably buy a very good 'teach yourself GIMP' book for less than half of what this software would cost. And when GIMP updates, you just download the next one for free, instead of having to pay a small fortune for two or three more Paintshop Pro features.
Bottom line... It's OK, but seriously, you should check out some alternatives before buying.
Over the years, the image editing of PaintShop has been catching up with Photoshop, and the addition of the word "Photo" to the name of the product in the last few versions has reflected this - it now offers perhaps 95% of the photo editing ability of Photoshop, but at a much lower price.
X4 is the latest version of PaintShop, and the name is back to the old "PaintShop Pro" - the "Photo" has been dropped, which is a good thing - it was a bit of a mouthful! That said, the image creation and editing tools are as good as ever. X4 is alleged to be twice as fast as X3 was - I can't say I noticed any particular improvements, but both seem adequately snappy in use. The main difference that a user of X3 will notice is the new tabbed workspace - there are tabs at the top of the screen for "Manage", "Edit" and "Adjust", and this has tidied up the menus a lot. "Manage" is the photo browser, "Edit" is the old bitmap creation and editing screen, and "Adjust" is for photo enhancement - a sensible division of the workspace. The "Adjust" tab is new, and works well - it's not dissimilar from Apple's iPhoto, with images displayed next to a histogram and a set of sliders.
In summary, if you are looking to create bitmaps on your PC, PaintShop has always been the best choice, and X4 does nothing to change that.Read more ›
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This software has so much in it that I have barely touched the surface of what it can do.
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I love this software for it's ease of use and for the creative freedom it gives me - I can't imagine just getting my photos printed off at the local shop now before editing them... Read morePublished on 11 April 2014 by Frendo
I have installed, uninstalled, installed again and it just sits there. It will not open. The [...] does not help with this version as Pro5 and Pro6 are out there. Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2013 by Keith
Far too complicated for my needs. This would be ok for someone far more advnced than me. I now have a programe which suits me better.Published on 8 Sept. 2013 by Davyboy
I have had problems installing this product in Windows 8. I contacted Corel and eventually was given a case number. Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2013 by M. Antcliff
alot to get your head around and understand, online videos are extremaly helpfull, need to spend more time with itPublished on 29 Dec. 2012 by pike22lb10oz