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Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3

By John Virata

PaintShop Photo Pro X3 is Corel Corp.'s latest update to its photo image editor. The application has been around in various iterations for more than 15 years and has a fairly large following. It is an image editor targeted at digital camera enthusiasts, and especially those with Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras who want a more robust image editing tool than what ships with the camera. From the initial look at the application's interface and feature set, PaintShop Photo Pro X3 offers up the same basic tools that you'll find in other image editing applications in its price point, as well as some features that are unique to PaintShop Photo Pro. I've not used PaintShop Photo Pro since it was called Jasc PaintShop Pro, and even that use was fairly limited, so it is entirely new to me. I've been working with it for a few weeks and I am hoping to detail some of the new features found in this release.

PaintShop Photo Pro X3 is comprised of three applications, the main one being PaintShop Photo Pro X3 and the two supporting applications being Painter Photo Essentials 4 and Corel Instant Viewer. This review will focus on the PaintShop Photo Pro X3. The application was tested on a run of the mill 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4GB RAM running 64-bit Windows 7 Professional.

What is new

The first new feature to PaintShop Photo Pro X3 is the Organizer. Every major image editing application has an Organizer and it is a welcome addition to Corel's offering. From within any Organizer, you should be able to import and categorize your images, view and tag them, rate them, and do minor image correction and adjustment, all within the Organizer. These jobs can all be done in PaintShop Photo Pro X3's Organizer. From within Organizer, there is a feature that enables you to edit multiple photos simultaneously. In the Express Lab, select Smart Photo Fix on an image and choose Suggest Settings, Exit Express Lab, and then in the Organizer, select the image that you just applied the Smart Photo Fix to (and renamed), right click and choose Capture Editing, select multiple images in the Organizer and right click, and select Apply Editing. The Organizer will launch a Batch Process that will apply the Smart Photo Fix to the images you selected. The Organizer can also preview video clips as well.

You can also convert RAW images to other image file formats, from within the Organizer. For more detailed RAW image editing, you can launch the full editor to access the Camera Raw Lab. The Camera Raw Lab is a new addition to PaintShop Photo Pro X3. CRL enables those who capture images (including 16-bit images) in the Raw format to make adjustments to those images and then send them out to the full editor. From within CRL, you can tweak a Raw image's exposure, brightness, saturation, shadow, and sharpness, as well as white balance and luminance noise and color noise. You can use the Pan tool to navigate around the image to showcase a larger view, as well as zoom into an individual image. After you've made your adjustments, hit the apply button and the changes are saved to the Raw image file. Hit the Edit button, and CRL sends the file to PaintShop Photo Pro X3 for more editing.

Camera Raw lab

Express Lab
The Express Lab is where you can make quick image adjustments without having to launch the full editor. From within Express Lab, you can make adjustments to an image's brightness, shadows, highlights, and saturation, as well as sharpen, remove noise, and a makeover feature that enables you to tweak a subject's facial features, such as teeth, skin tones, and blemishes.


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