TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

Our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winner, Corel PaintShop Pro X7, is ideal for beginning photo editors, snapshot amateurs and professionals alike. With its powerful editing and design tools and friendly interface you can quickly and easily make edits and get professional results.

For this new version, Corel has enhanced its versatile photo editing software to be compatible with modern computers using 64-bit processing. You can also edit more efficiently and quicker than ever before with new selection tools and refinements to the organizational features.

Editing Tools
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If you are new to the photo editing scene, you may feel intimidated by the complex appearance of most photo editing software. You may find yourself wondering where to start and what to do next.

With Corel PaintShop Pro X7, you can put your anxiety away and start learning right out of the box. Corel has a multitude of instructional videos and tutorials to help new owners learn the basics of editing in PaintShop. Unlike other image editing software programs, Corel is intuitive for users of all editing levels, so it's easy to pick up quickly.

The user interface, once you familiarize yourself with a quick video tutorial, is easy to use, and you’ll find yourself zipping around the various toolbars and menus like a PaintShop Pro veteran. Corel has made the user interface even easier to use by creating dedicated Manage, Adjust and Edit workspaces. Each of these workspaces has preset toolbars and options critical to these functions. This makes it easy to find the right tools for any task.

Once you import your images, it’s time to edit. Editing is where PaintShop Pro X7 shines. All the standard tools are present, including brushes, red-eye removal and cropping tools, color and light adjustments, color balancing, noise reduction and text tools. X7 also includes the Object Remover and Smart Selection Brush tools, intuitive and flexible editing tools that give you even more control of your images.

Selecting parts of your image, especially in tight spaces with similar colors can be frustrating and time consuming. With the Auto Selection tool all you have to do is draw a rectangular box over the area you want to select and the tool automatically detects the edge and snaps to it. The Smart Selection Brush allows you to refine the selection area without having to start all over if you mess up.

A very welcome improvement and time saver Corel packaged with PaintShop Pro X7 is the new built-in script recorder. This feature allows you to record and save specific actions. For example, you can record a script that automatically applies a color correction and crops the photo to a certain size, then rotates the image 90 degrees. Scripts shorten this three-step process to a single click. This is an incredibly helpful feature and reduces the time spent applying repetitive filters, adding effects or cropping.

Another nice feature of X7 is that Adobe Photoshop and third-party plugins are compatible. This is great news for your sanity and your wallet as you will not have to buy any current plugins you own again or worry about their compatibility.

Organizing
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We are particularly impressed with how Corel helps you stay organized. As you build a folder structure to hold your photos, Corel helps you sort them with features like the five-star ranking system, drag-and-drop keyword assignments and search functions. Now instead of your photo folder looking like a teenager’s bedroom, you can easily organize your photos into a convenient, easily located structure.

 

 

Sharing
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X7 has some fun, effective ways to share your photos online directly from the program. The Find People application uses face recognition technology to identify and tag friends and family quickly and easily

The Photo Mapping option lets you set the location of a photo, and then creates a map you can share online that shows where your adventures have taken you. Along with mapping, the software allows you to create a slideshow that links to your map when you use the Share My Trip feature.

Uploading photos to an online photo sharing site like Flickr is as fast as your internet connection can go. Emailing photos takes one click to open an email form with your selected photo attached. You can also print sheets of you photos with various combinations of sizes on one sheet with Corel PaintShop Pro's templates. Sharing your photos is incredibly easy thanks to these great functions.

Importing
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No matter what device you captured your images with, Corel PaintShop Pro X7 can import it with a few clicks of your mouse. So don’t worry about the source of your image; whether you scan in an image or snap a photo with your DSLR camera or phone, PaintShop Pro can handle it.

We are pleased that PaintShop Pro X7 has native RAW format support, as most professional photographers prefer to shoot in this versatile mode. In the past, this format was problematic because each camera manufacturer had its own specs. Many software programs would only support the RAW format from certain manufacturers, so photographers had to take a gamble on the RAW file compatibility with their software. Before you start worrying, X7 supports RAW pictures from over 300 camera models, severely reducing the possibility that your RAW files will be incompatible.

Output Capabilities
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This photo editing program can save your photos to over 50 different formats, ranging from the popular JPG, GIF, PNG and TIFF formats to lesser known formats like PCX, JPS and PICT.

You can also take advantage of the image slicing capabilities of X7 if you want to export your image for use on a webpage. Slicing an image into smaller pieces makes webpages load faster and is just one of the professional-grade design tools you can find in this program.

Help & Support
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There are multiple ways to connect with Corel’s customer service, primarily through email, phone or live chat. We are impressed with the responsiveness of the service representatives and we have found them to be consistently friendly and competent. Corel goes above and beyond when it comes to helping customers understand how to use their products. PaintShop Pro includes many built-in tutorials and videos to get you off the ground and editing your photos in minutes. Corel’s support page has many links to tutorials and FAQs as well as an active user community to turn to when you can’t find the answer anywhere else.

Corel PaintShop Pro Summary:
9.9/10

PaintShop Pro X7 is a great value for the money and a pleasure to use. With this image editing software you can expand your artistic talent and display your creative style with PaintShop Pro’s professional-grade photo editing tools and process images faster with the redesigned user interface. All the features in Corel PaintShop Pro X7 work together to streamline your creative workflow, freeing up your time so you can accomplish more.

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Corel PaintShop Pro X7

Pros
PaintShop X7 gives you the professional tools you need and integrates 64-bit processing to speed up your workflow. It also has excellent organization and sharing features.

Cons
It only works on Windows operating systems.

The Verdict
: 9.88/10

This program is easy to learn and use, and the professional-grade tools and features allow you to edit like a pro.