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Corel has released a new version of its PaintShop Pro software featuring new tools, enhancements and a rather reasonable price point.

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Corel PaintShop Pro X8 Interface


Corel has today introduced a new version of its creative software, Paintshop Pro, that could rival software offered by other well-known manufacturers at a reasonable price and without a monthly fee.

Corel PaintShop Pro X8 features several new tools and enhancements, plus improvements have been made to its overall performance with brushes responding 40-120% quicker and the Smart Edge tool working 50% faster. High resolution, 4K monitors are also supported, plus those who shoot in RAW will be happy to hear that the RAW file format for more than 300 camera models is supported. 

New to the photo editing software is a Text wrapping feature and a Magic Move tool. The new Text Wrapping tool lets you wrap text inside any vector shape or  selection. Simply choose your shape or draw your selection using any of the selection tools, type your text and it's automatically wrapped within the shape. The Magic Move tool is a new content-aware tool that automatically replaces the background when you move an object or person. Simply select an area and drag it to a new position. The empty area left behind is automatically filled to match the surrounding background.


Corel PaintShop Pro X8 Magic Move tool


Enhancements have been made to the Batch processing options to quicken workflow and the Selection tools have also been improved. The layer panel now has more options and a Lens Correction option is now available in the Edit workspace and Camera Raw Lab where distortion, vignetting and chromatic aberrations can be fixed. The Camera Raw Lab layout has been changed to include bigger previews as well as before and after views, plus several user-suggested enhancements have been applied. This includes extra saving options, swatches in the Material Properties windows, Gradient Preview and a Cutter Preview for the Shape and Text Cutter. 


Corel PaintShop Pro X8 Text Wrapping


Commenting on Corel PaintShop Pro X8, Senior Product Director of Corel's Photo group Greg Wood said: "On top of the photo editing strengths PaintShop Pro is known for, today's increasingly visual world has a massive need for imaging and graphics tools. PaintShop Pro delivers all these capabilities in spades, at prices affordable enough for anyone. We challenge users to try it free for 30 days and compare with Photoshop - you'll be genuinely surprised to see just how much is possible for so much less."

Corel PaintShop Pro X8 is available for £59.99 for the basic version or £79.99 for the Ultimate version. To see how the new version of the software performs, take a look at our full review

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