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Corel PaintShop Pro 2019 announced

Screengrab of Corel PaintShop Pro 2019

Hot on the heels of its imaginative PhotoMirage application, Corel has announced an update to its long-running photo-editing and design program PaintShop Pro.

PaintShop Pro 2019 is aimed at photographers and photo-manipulation fans, from beginners to enthusiasts, although it's also designed with artists, graphic designers and business users in mind.

The new version brings the ability to straighten spherical images captured by 360º cameras and flatten them into panoramas, or turn them into circular 'tiny planets' or surreal ‘rabbit hole’ images where the sky is just a disc in the centre of the image.

There’s also a Pic-to-Painting plug-in which can take your photos and convert them into digital paintings in a variety of styles.

PaintShop Pro 2019 also adds more than 100 cameras to its list of supported Raw file formats, now totalling over 650, together with support for the latest WinTab and Windows Ink tablet and stylus devices.

Corel also states that it has concentrated on improving performance, with a Crop tool that’s now up to five times faster, together with faster Clone Brush and One Step Photo Fix tools, and a list of more than 50 bug fixes. 

Read more: PhotoMirage can turn a still image into a movie

Beginners who are still learning the basics of photo editing can benefit from a Learning Center panel that pops out from the right-hand side of the screen to help with whatever task they’re working on. In addition to this, there's also a ‘Discovery Center’ that lets the user find out more about photo editing techniques and ideas.

The features and updates in PaintShop Pro 2019 are a response to requests from existing users, and anyone upgrading from a previous version can now migrate their existing content, such as brushes and picture tubes to the new version.

The standard edition of PaintShop Pro will cost £69.99/$79.99, but there’s also an Ultimate edition at £89.99/$99.99 which adds PhotoMirage Express, Painter Essentials 6, Perfectly Clear 3.5 SE, Corel AfterShot 3 and a Creative Collection containing “dozens” of brushes, textures and backgrounds. For more details, head to the official site.

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Rod is the Group Reviews editor for Digital Camera World and across Future's entire photography portfolio, with decades of experience with cameras of all kinds. Previously he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more.