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Corel PaintShop Pro 2020 Review

Corel PaintShop Pro 2020 is the latest version of Corel's popular photo editing software and we've got it on test to find out what's new and if photographers will still find the software useful.

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PaintShop Pro 2020

Quick Verdict

Corel PaintShop Pro 2020 is inexpensive, subscription-free, easy to use and has plenty of tools to help you perfect your photos. Will all photographers find the new/improved tools useful? Perhaps not, but those who have used PaintShop Pro for a while will probably welcome the updates and be happy to see that Corel has listened to their feedback, too. We're not massive fans of the new Photography workspace, however we're sure a novice will find it useful and the new 'Copy & Paste Layer Styles' function is pretty cool. It's good to see that Corel is sticking with a subscription-free format, too. 

+ Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Lots of creative features
  • Good value for money
  • Free bonus material 
  • Tools for pros as well as beginners

- Cons

  • Photography workspace looks dated
  • Not all photographers will find the updates useful


Corel Paintshop Pro 2020 is a photo editor that's designed for photo enthusiasts who want to edit, make quick adjustments and manage their photo collection all within one piece of software. The Corel team regularly update the photo editing software, bringing new tools and features annually to the software. Plus, the team have kept Corel Paintshop Pro 2020 subscription-free; something many photographers will appreciate when Adobe is still sticking with its subscription-style format. 

We'll walk you through what's new before we put the new features to the test to find out if Corel Paintshop Pro 2020 is a piece of software photographers should be investing in. 

Corel PaintShop Pro 2020 Features 

On test, we have the Ultimate version of Corel PaintShop Pro 2020 which comes bundled with 5 add-ons: AfterShot 3, Painter Essentials 6, PhotoMirage Express, Parallels Toolbox and GRFX Studio, but you can also just get Corel PaintShop Pro 2020 without the extras should you so wish. You can also access brushes, textures, backgrounds and more, both free of charge or for a small fee depending what you choose, within the software. 


PaintShop Pro 2020 Photography Workspace

What's New?

As well as general fixes, Corel has introduced new tools, RAW camera support, Layer Style options and a new area, for photographers who want to apply quick edits, called the 'Photography Workspace' which is also touch-ready for those working on devices with this function built-in. 

What's New At A Glance:

  • Touch-Ready Photography Workspace
  • SmartClone
  • Refine Brush
  • Creative Content
  • Copy & Paste Layer Styles
  • RAW Camera Support

As well as adding new features, Corel has also updated features that are already built-in and have improved the Depth of Field precision. 

What's Improved At A Glance:

  • Text tool overhaul - rendering, editing, inputting, wrap
  • Faster pic-to-painting function
  • Better Depth of Field precision
  • Latest stylus and graphics tablet support

Quite a lot of what's new/improved has actually come from user feedback which is pretty cool, too. 

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steveb127 2 1 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2019 7:02PM
"Not all photographers will find the updates useful" - that's a con for con's sake - not all photographers will agree on anything at all.

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