Everything a professional graphic designer could possibly want in one package and at a reasonable price.
September 23, 2021

Everything a professional graphic designer could possibly want in one package and at a reasonable price.

Philip Martindale | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Corel PaintShop Pro

I use Corel PaintShop Pro to produce content for landing pages and other web content for my main line of work which is Internet Marketing. I have also used it to design artwork for t-shirts, mugs, stationery, and other print-on-demand merchandise for an online shop while pursuing a side interest.
  • An extensive range of image correction and effects tools. I found I could be very precise with exposures, color balancing and other aspects of fixing-up photos.
  • I like the fact that the original image is saved in a seperate place in my file system so I can easily revert to the original when I make a mistake
  • The "batch process" feature is an excellent feature for reapplying a learned series of changes to a batch of photos. It has saved me time.
  • I have the 2018 version and every now and again upgrade ads will pop up in the bottom right of my screen which I find rather annoying
  • How to save your work and where it gets saved is confusing. It took me a while to realize that projects were saved in "pspimage" files. The knowledge base article “The Basics Of Saving Files In PaintShop Pro” did not mention pspfiles. They also have the concept of workspaces, but I eventually realized that this is not where your work is saved.
  • I find that a tool called paint.net is massively easier to use, but, then again, paint.net has far fewer features. I think an option in PaintShop Pro for temporarily switching down the functionality and interface to resemble paint.net would be a useful feature, so users do not get blinded by the extensive interface.
  • The ability to work in layers is perhaps the most important feature, but that is expected of all middle-weight and upwards image processing tools.
  • We find image correction, which is well supported, to be something we frequently use.
  • Occasionally we use bulk processing on multiple images and this saves a lot of time.
  • Though I can not quote any figures, Corel PaintShop Pro has had a significant positive impact on our business as we use to jump around between quite a few tools to get a job done. Now all the tools are under one roof.

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Corel PaintShop Pro is well suited for photographers wanting to adjust photos and also for designers who want to create designs from scratch, working in layers and merging various elements.

Due to slow load times, Corel PaintShop Pro is not well suited when you only have a few small tasks to do and when a lightweight alternative will do the job just as well (e.g. cropping and red-eye removal).