Corel PaintShop Pro X5 review: Performance
The real editing work is done in the Edit tab. Here, PaintShop Pro offers almost all the tools you’d see in Photoshop, from layers, Layer Masks and Blending Modes, to sophisticated options like HDR (high dynamic range) image merging tools and a Photo Blend tool for blending parts of different objects.
For example, you could combine two or more examples of the same group shot to produce a single image where everyone is smiling at once.
You get a good range of special effects too, including a Retro Lab, which enables you to simulate the look of old lo-fi cameras like the Lomo and Holga.
PaintShop Pro can also be used to add text to your photos and, interestingly, vector objects. These are shapes you can create and modify individually and merge with your photographic images.
You can create simple shapes and custom curves and outlines you can reshape using nodes. You also get Picture Tubes, which helps you to paint repeating objects on your images.
PaintShop Pro X5 is a very powerful and interesting alternative to Photoshop, but it doesn’t feel as responsive to use.
Instant Effects take a few moments to apply, for example, and while the effects of Adjustment Layers are previewed in the adjustment panel, they’re not applied live to the image as you move the sliders.
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