Corel’s veteran image editor adds project templates, pre-built desktop publishing-type layouts, Windows Real-Time Stylus support and more.
PaintShop Pro has long been viewed as one of the more credible alternatives to Photoshop, offering advanced features such as layers and Photoshop-compatible plug-ins, along with step-by-step guides to help you get started with common tasks.
And priced from $99, PaintShop Pro is a whole lot cheaper than its better-known competitor.
So it’s good to see Corel continuing to improve the veteran image editor with a new version that offers a host of new features – including project templates, pre-built desktop publishing-type layouts to help you create greetings cards, brochures, photo collages and more.
PaintShop Pro X9 also now supports Windows Real-Time Stylus for pressure sensitivity on Microsoft Surface and other similar devices.
An interactive gradient fill tool allows fine-tuning a gradient by dragging across the image and watching a live preview. Extended camera support includes 15 new RAW profiles and the ability to work with Intel RealSense XDM images.
You can now export your edit history, ideal for showing others exactly how you achieved a particular effect.
Elsewhere, there’s an updated Text Toolbar with downloadable text presets, Silent Script for faster one-click editing actions, and smart photo fix one-click fixes can now be applied as part of a batch process.
Corel PaintShop Pro X9 is available for $99, with a collection of additional photo tools as Corel PaintShop Pro X9 Ultimate for $129, or with Corel’s VideoStudio Pro X9 editor as the new Corel Photo Video Bundle for $179.
A 30-day trial is available now for Windows 7 and later.