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Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate combines ease of use with full professional power. Fix brightness, color and photo imperfections like red eye in a few clicks, or use precision photo-editing controls to create photos you'll be proud to share. The Ultimate edition features valuable extras like media recovery software, a creative content pack, Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4. Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 has everything you need to create stunning photos. The integrated learning center and a ... Read more
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Comments to date: 12. Page 1 of 1. Average Rating:
Lukefwkr 12:33pm on Sunday, August 29th, 2010 
Love it so far tho Vast improvement over my MS Digital Image SuiteCan do so much more and the learning curve does not seem too bad so far seems to so... To all who are considering this product read up on the Protexis spyware that is installed with it and make sure you can live with it before purchasing... intel quad 2.4g 2gigs ddr2 800 ram evga 8800 gts XP sp2.... I can play just about any game but cant do my photos up as I want ...
VidE 9:24pm on Monday, August 2nd, 2010 
"You can edit photos and get profesional results.You may control lightness,shadows,color..ect.I do like the express lab.
spichanator 12:17am on Friday, July 30th, 2010 
Ordering and receipt simple and efficient but unable to get the warranty sit to receive information to validate extended warranty.
Amity 2:53pm on Monday, July 12th, 2010 
artwork This is a wonderful package. I am having a lot of fun with years of photos. Corel needs to go away Corels customer support absolutely blows.
Sean 7:40pm on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 
simpilly cant get better than it.. its really great..... no words to describe the quality of the product "Easy To Set Up","Easy To Use".
blancoj 9:14pm on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 
"I have always used Print Shop and wanted to try something new. Paint Shop Pro is by Corel and I love corel products. I was not diappointed.
guillermo 12:37am on Sunday, June 20th, 2010 
This product from Corel is rather misleadingly compared to Photoshop Elements, time after time, when it is more akin to the full version of Photoshop.
Flap101 8:43am on Saturday, June 19th, 2010 
I recently purchased this camera for my daughter to keep in her purse and take pictures of her 4 yr old son. I bought this for a friend with limited pc experience. Perfect for their needs.
andreas.weiss@ebuconnect. 8:00pm on Thursday, May 13th, 2010 
This is a great program. HELP files are very good. You will be doing some amazing photo editing in no time with this package.
landonab 3:26am on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 
Paint Shop Pro 2 The software was like new and installed with no problem. I received it very quickly and I would recommend this to anyone. Corel has rendered this product unusable. Time for PhotoShop I have to agree that since Corel took over, this product has gone downhill.
000 8:24am on Friday, April 2nd, 2010 
easy to use up to now,but I have not used all tha facilities yet Icons in instruction book very small, hard to make out what they are
fatchan 5:20am on Sunday, March 28th, 2010 
Pros: The color, large screen, and low price Cons: photos are grainy and many are blurred.

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Reviewers Guide

Copyright 2007 Corel Corporation. All rights reserved. Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Reviewers Guide Protected by U.S. Patents 5652880; 5347620; 5767860; 6195100; 6385336; 6552725; 6657739; 6731309; 6825859; 6633305; Patents Pending. Product specifications, pricing, packaging, technical support and information (specifications) refer to the retail English version only. The specifications for all other versions (including other language versions) may vary. INFORMATION IS PROVIDED BY COREL ON AN AS IS BASIS, WITHOUT ANY OTHER WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABLE QUALITY, SATISFACTORY QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR THOSE ARISING BY LAW, STATUTE, USAGE OF TRADE, COURSE OF DEALING OR OTHERWISE. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE RESULTS OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED OR ITS USE IS ASSUMED BY YOU. COREL SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF REVENUE OR PROFIT, LOST OR DAMAGED DATA OR OTHER COMMERCIAL OR ECONOMIC LOSS, EVEN IF COREL HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, OR THEY ARE FORESEEABLE. COREL IS ALSO NOT LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIMS MADE BY ANY THIRD PARTY. COREL'S MAXIMUM AGGREGATE LIABILITY TO YOU SHALL NOT EXCEED THE COSTS PAID BY YOU TO PURCHASE THE MATERIALS. SOME STATES/COUNTRIES DO NOT ALLOW EXCLUSIONS OR LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. Corel, the Corel logo, Paint Shop Pro, CorelDRAW, iGrafx, Knowledge Base, MediaOne, Painter, Picture Tubes, Thinify, WinDVD, WinZip, WordPerfect, and WordPerfect MAIL are trademarks or registered trademarks of Corel Corporation and/or its subsidiaries in Canada, the U.S., and/or other countries. Adobe and Photoshop are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. Carbonite is a registered trademark of Carbonite, Inc. DirectX, Microsoft, Outlook, Windows, and Windows Vista are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Imagekind is a trademark of Imagekind, Inc. Nik is a trademark of Nik Software, Inc. Snaptotes is a registered trademark of US Handbags, Inc. Zazzle is a registered trademark of, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Other product, font, and company names and logos may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. 021067


1 | Introducing Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2.| Customer Profile...5
Aspiring Photographers... 5 Workplace Communicators... 6

3 | Top Features...7

Process Your Photos Like the Pros... 7 Discover Editing Tools You Cant Find Anywhere Else. 11 Enhance Photos Using Powerful, Easy-To-Use Tools.. 16 Create One-Of-A-Kind Photos... 20
4 | Summary of New or Improved Features.| Whats Included?...25
Applications.... 25 Content.... 25 Printed Documentation... 26 Electronic Documentation... 26 Minimum System Requirements... 26 Recommended System Configuration... 26 Additional Requirements for Selected Features... 26
6 | Customer Support and Other Resources.27
Introducing Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2
Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 is the ideal digital photography software for users who want professional-looking photos and new ways to unlock their creative potential. With the widest selection of photo-editing features ranging from automatic tools when you need results fast or precision controls for fine-tuning Paint Shop Pro Photo provides a depth of functionality that grows with users as their skills and knowledge advance. Downloading, viewing, sorting, and quickly processing photos is a breeze, and users can learn as they go with a variety of learning aids in the application. With version X2, award-winning Paint Shop Pro Photo continues to set the standard for easy-to use, powerful software at an affordable price. Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 continues to focus on photo editing, making it the ideal choice for any aspiring photographer's digital darkroom. The exciting new features in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 include the following: Express Lab A new streamlined mode of Paint Shop Pro Photo helps users quickly view and fix dozens of photos in the time it used to take to edit just a few. Now users can crop, rotate, and fix their photos without having to open them individually. Graphite Interface Theme A new, darker theme for Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 makes photos look their absolute best while users edit them. HDR Photo Merge Users can take advantage of their camera's autobracketing feature and combine multiple exposures of high-contrast scenes, which are otherwise impossible to capture adequately. Integrated Clarify Control Users can achieve incredible results with HDR Photo Merge by applying automatic dodging and burning. The enhanced Black and White Film dialog box also provides a Clarify control, so users can create dynamic, high-contrast images that mimic the use of black-and-white film with a color filter on the lens. Makeover Tool Modes The suite of easy-to-use retouching tools grows in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 to include the new Thinify and Eye Drop modes, which give super results, fast. Reviewers Guide [ 1 ]

Layer Styles Users can easily apply effects such as embossing, drop shadows, glows, and even reflections, which automatically update whenever the underlying layer is edited. Visible Watermarks Users can take credit for their work by adding watermarks to photos. All it takes is a few clicks before printing or uploading proof copies. Workflow Improvements Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 makes it easier to use photos in documents, presentations, and Web pages through the new Save for Office and Copy Special options, plus redesigned Resize and Save As dialog boxes. Auto-Preserve Originals Original photos are now automatically preserved when users save an edited version. This new feature provides a safety net in case users want to return to the original version. Supporting these features is the award-winning Learning Center, which helps new users get up to speed quickly. The Learning Center is laid out in workflow order, so users can easily identify what they'd like to do with their photos. The Learning Center is truly integrated into the application, so selecting a topic automatically launches the corresponding tool. Unlike products with limited feature sets, Paint Shop Pro Photo provides a full range of functionality, from quick, single-click adjustments to full manual controls. Many common photo-editing tasks are much easier to perform in Paint Shop Pro Photo than in comparable applications, such as Adobe Photoshop Elements. Examples include the following: Replacing color selectively Change the color of any object in a photo with just one click of the Color Changer tool while preserving the shading and texture of the original object. Even changing a dark color to a light color requires just a single click, as opposed to the difficult, multistep manual process required in Adobe Photoshop Elements. Correcting perspective Turn any lens into a tilt-swing perspective correction lens with the Perspective Correction feature. Simply line up four corners on a photo element that should be square, and double-click. Photoshop Elements requires a complex process involving multiple controls. Blurring the background selectively Draw attention to an object of interest in a photo with the Depth of Field effect. This feature simulates the use of a low lens aperture setting. Sprucing up photo subjects Apply tooth-whitening, slimming, suntanning, and other enhancements with a suite of Makeover tool modes. Giving images an older look Take photos back in time by using the seven different historical effects in the Time Machine feature. Removing unwanted objects in photos Outline an object to remove, and a background area to use to replace it, and the object is gone. This technique is particularly useful for objects that are larger than the area you

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use for the replacement texture. In Photoshop Elements, this task requires cloning, which often leads to noticeable repeat patterns. Removing purple fringe Detect and remove the colored fringe that appears along high-contrast edges in many digital camera photos by using the Purple Fringe Remover. Simulating infrared film Simulate the ethereal effect of infrared photography. The Infrared Film effect even includes options to simulate the flare and film grain qualities of this unique film type. Importing and exporting CMYK format files Benefit from fully supported color management, with ICC-standard color profiles, including importing and exporting CMYK format files. Merging auto-bracketed images Take advantage of a digital cameras auto-bracket feature to create images that retain all the detail of shadow and highlight areas in a photo.

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Customer Profiles
As the use of digital cameras has increased, Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 has kept pace, giving digital photographers of all experience levels everything they need to process, edit, and enhance their work. With its unique combination of straightforward tools, advanced photo-editing features, and groundbreaking learning resources, Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 lets users create impressive results immediately. Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 also provides the breadth and depth of professional features, so users can grow into the program as their curiosity and experience develop. These time-saving features include automatic and one-step fixes for some of the most common digital photo flaws. Instead of shackling creativity with steep learning curves and restrictive workflows, Paint Shop Pro Photo gives the user total freedom to experiment and unlock the full potential of every photograph.

Aspiring Photographers

Aspiring photographers consider photography an art form, rather than just a means of capturing events. They are serious about photography as a strong hobby or even a part-time business. These users care about the quality of their images and about improving them through digital editing. They are often considered to be photo experts by family and friends, and they become the group photographer. Aspiring photographers generally own advanced equipment, such as a DSLR and special lenses, and are likely to use manual controls and camera raw formats. They are prolific shooters and need tools that allow them to efficiently process large numbers of photos. In many cases, these users are new to digital photography and want tools that are easy to learn, but they dont want to settle for the limited toolset of a lite edition or elements version that they may later outgrow.

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Workplace Communicators
Workers in a wide range of fields from technical writers and architects to real estate agents and legal professionals are using graphics more than ever in their day-to-day work. Images help them to communicate more effectively by overcoming language barriers and clarifying ideas that text alone cant fully explain. These professionals use graphics to improve their companys image and leave a lasting impression with customers and employees alike. Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 includes a powerful image-editing toolset thats intuitive and easy-to-learn, so office workers can start using the application immediately. Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 offers value-minded organizations affordable and flexible licensing, easy deployment, and compatibility with a wide range of graphic file formats. In addition, the application can be easily customized to suit an individual companys needs. For years, Paint Shop Pro has been the preferred image-editing tool of companies worldwide in industries ranging from automotive and aerospace to energy. Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 expands its appeal to multinational businesses by offering dynamic language switching, which lets users quickly and easily change the language of the application. As the corporate world becomes increasingly global and multilingual in outlook, Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 is keeping pace by offering versions in a wide variety of languages English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Swedish, Finnish, Korean, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Polish, Czech, and Russian.

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New! Visible Watermark: Professional photographers and hobbyists alike
want to put their stamp on the photos they take and share. The Visible Watermark feature lets users add a discreet watermark to their photos to remind viewers who took the shot and to help safeguard against misuse of their images. This new feature simplifies the task of adding a logo or other graphic as a watermark, and users can choose from options such as embossing to give their photos a subtle, professional look.

Visible Watermark

Adding Visible Watermarks
1 First, create a graphic to use as the watermark image by clicking File New. 2 On the Tools toolbar, choose the Text tool.
3 On the Materials palette, click the Foreground and Stroke Properties box, and choose a color for the text outline. 4 In the image window, click where you want to apply the text. 5 Hold down Alt and type 0169 to create the symbol, and type 2007, and click Apply in the Text Entry dialog box. 6 Save the file. 7 Open the image to which you want to add a watermark, and choose Image Watermarking Visible Watermark. 8 In the Visible Watermark dialog box, click the Browse button, and select the watermark image you created. 9 In the Placement group box, choose the Corner option, and choose a placement option from the drop-list. 10 In the Style group box, drag the Size, Opacity, and Emboss sliders to customize the look of the watermark. You can preview the watermark in the After pane or by marking the Preview on Image check box. 11 Click OK.

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New & Enhanced! Auto-Preserve Originals and Save As:
Users dont have to worry about overwriting their original photos, thanks to the new Auto-Preserve Originals option. The first time a user saves an image, a backup copy of the original is automatically created one level deeper in the folder hierarchy. The original can easily be restored by using the Restore Original command in the File menu. Paint Shop Pro Photo is renowned for the number of file formats users can save to. The improved Save As command helps users quickly choose the formats they use most often by listing common and recently used ones at the top of the file format list.
New! Save for Office and Copy Special: Preparing an image for use in
documents, in presentations, or on the Web can be tricky. The Save for Office command removes the guesswork by automatically optimizing an image for its intended use, thereby avoiding problems with file size, performance, or printing. When users copy and paste images into other applications, the new Copy Special command prepares the image based on its intended purpose. The resizing function is built in, ensuring that no unnecessary image data is added to the document.

The new Save for Office and Copy Special commands help users optimize images for their intended destination.
E-mailing: Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 lets users e-mail photos as embedded files
or attachments. A preview feature lets users double-check their images before sending them and check a running count on the size of selected files.
Color Management: The Color Management engine lets users read and save ICC-standard color profile data in their files, which ensures that on-screen colors match printed colors. In addition, Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 supports CMYK input and output for commercial printing.

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Discover Editing Tools You Can't Find Anywhere Else
Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 has a powerful toolset that can fix nearly any digital photo imperfection. If the problem stems from the quality of the image produced by the camera, a user can apply quick, easy corrections with a series of time-saving tools. If photo subjects don't look their best, their appearance can be spruced up faster and easier than ever before.
New & Enhanced! Makeover Tool: Everyone wants to look their best in a
photo. To that end, Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 includes a suite of Makeover tool modes that let users quickly and easily touch up the appearance of photo subjects. The professional-strength Makeover tool contains the following modes: New! Thinify Mode makes photo subjects look thinner New! Eye Drop Mode takes the red out of irritated, bloodshot eyes Enhanced! Blemish Fixer Mode removes blemishes from photo subjects Enhanced! Suntan Mode adds color to pale, washed-out skin Toothbrush Mode quickly whitens discolored teeth


Eye Drop
Blemish Fixer and Toothbrush

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Using Makeover Suite Tools
1 On the Tools toolbar, choose the Makeover tool 2 On the Tool Options palette, choose the Thinify 3 Type a value in the Strength control. Higher values compress more pixels in the horizontal axis. 4 Click the middle of a photo subject. The pixels compress on either side of the point you click. 5 On the Tool Options palette, choose the Blemish Fixer The cursor changes to concentric circles. 6 Adjust the Size control to the smallest size that allows the inner circle to enclose the blemish. The outer circle is for the material used to cover the blemish. 7 Type a value in the Strength control. Values range from 1 to 100. Higher values apply more of the source material (enclosed in the outer circle) to the blemish area (enclosed in the inner circle). 8 Click directly over the blemish. 9 On the Tool Options palette, choose the Eye Drop 10 Type a value in the Strength control. Higher values whiten more of the eye area but may spread the whitening beyond the affected area of the eye. 11 Zoom in as necessary, and then carefully click over the bloodshot portion of the eye. mode. mode. mode.

Color Changer Tool: The Color Changer tool lets users easily change colors in
their digital images. For example, users can easily change the color of an object in a photo, such as a car or a piece of clothing. Rather than simply replacing a color, the Color Changer tool detects and analyzes variations in brightness caused by shading and texture, and then it makes the necessary adjustments to the new color to produce a realistic recoloring effect.

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Color Changer Tool
Noise Removal: Noise artifacts small specks of color that interfere with
the clarity of the image are one of the most common problems in digital photography. Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 gives users two noise-removal options. The One Step Noise Removal command offers one-step, automatic noise removal. The Digital Camera Noise Removal command allows users to precisely control how these same corrections are applied. This feature has been favorably compared to specialized noise-removal plug-ins that cost as much as Paint Shop Pro Photo X2!
Perspective Correction Tool: This longtime favorite gives users the power
and versatility of an expensive tilt-correction lens. With the Perspective Correction tool, users can fix buildings, landmarks, or objects in their photos that appear in the wrong perspective or that were taken from an angle other than directly in front. Users can simply line up the four corner points with a shape that should be rectangular to adjust the entire image
Perspective Correction Tool

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Purple Fringe Removal: The One Step Purple Fringe Fix command gets rid of
the purple glow that sometimes appears in digital photos around edges of objects under high-contrast conditions.
Users can quickly remove purple fringe from their photos.
Straighten Tool: Users can easily straighten crooked images by simply specifying a line along an image feature that should be horizontal or vertical, such as the horizon or a building. Background Eraser Tool: Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 lets users selectively erase pixels with the Background Eraser tool. For example, in a photo of a mountain range, users can erase the sky or isolate an object from the surrounding image area. When the background behind photo subjects is erased, fine-edged detail around hair or fur is retained. Object Remover: If the only thing that stands between a good photo and a
perfect one is an unwanted element a lamppost, a tree, even a bystander the Object Remover can help. The Object Remover makes it easy to remove unwanted or difficult-to-clone portions of images and fills in the removed detail with portions of the remaining photo. Just outline the object to remove, and a background area to use to replace it, and the object is gone.

Object Remover

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Enhanced! Crop Tool: Users who scan multiple images at the same time will

love the enhanced Crop tool. The new Crop to New Image feature automatically creates a new file from the cropped area and keeps the original full scan open, so users can easily separate individual image files from the group scan.
Users can access the Crop to New Image button on the Tool Options Palette or the floating toolbar for the Crop tool.
The Crop to New Image feature lets users quickly separate individual images from group scans.

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Enhance Photos Using Powerful, Easy-To-Use Tools
Paint Shop Pro Photo is renowned for being user-friendly that's because user feedback has always played a huge role in its development. From requesting one-click automatic fixes that take the guesswork out of image correction to insisting on advanced image-editing tools, the user has spoken, and Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 has responded. And as digital cameras have evolved, Paint Shop Pro Photo has kept pace, so that users can get as much out of their photos as their cameras offer.
New! HDR Photo Merge: Many digital cameras have an auto-bracket feature, which lets users take multiple shots of the same scene, each with a different exposure level. This feature is ideal for photos taken in high-contrast scenes, such as a sunset. One shot adjusts the exposure to capture the shadows, while another shot adjusts the exposure to capture bright areas. The HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photo Merge feature lets users combine auto-bracketed photos to create a photo that retains the critical detail of the images being combined. While ideal for photos shot using a tripod and auto-bracketing, this feature can automatically align images captured with handheld cameras using manualexposure adjustments.
The HDR Photo Merge feature helps users get the most out of their digital cameras.

Using HDR Photo Merge

1 Choose File dialog box. HDR Photo Merge to access the HDR Photo Merge
2 In the Load Images group box, click the Browse button, and navigate to the folder containing the bracketed photos. 3 Select the photos you want to merge, and click Open. 4 Click Align Images.

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5 In the Adjustments group box, drag the Brightness slider to adjust the overall brightness of the resulting photo, and drag the Clarify slider to adjust the overall clarity of the resulting photo. You can apply automatic adjustments based on the selected photos by clicking Suggest Settings. 6 Click OK.
Enhanced! Black and White Film Effect: Users can easily create dynamic black-and-white photos by simulating the effects of shooting using black-andwhite film with colored filters. Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 gives users the full creative control of the Channel Mixer command by letting them select from a virtually infinite range of color combinations within an intuitive, easy-to-use interface. The enhanced Black and White Film dialog box also provides a Clarify control, so users can create dynamic, high-contrast images that mimic the use of black-and-white film with a color filter on the lens.

Using the Black and White Film Effect
1 Open an image file, choose Effects Photo Effects Black and White Film to access the Black and White Film dialog box. 2 In the Filter Color group box, drag in the color spectrum to set the desired RGB filter color. 3 In the Adjustments group box, drag the Brightness slider to adjust the converted images overall brightness, and drag the Clarify slider to adjust the converted images local contrast or snap. 4 Click OK.
Users can choose from an infinite range of color combinations.

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One Step Photo Fix and Smart Photo Fix: The One Step Photo Fix
command automatically applies six common photo corrections to an image. All the user needs to do is select the command. The Smart Photo Fix analyzes a photo and suggests settings for auto-corrections of color, brightness, sharpness, and saturation used in One Step Photo Fix. Completely flexible, users can apply the suggested settings or experiment further by manually fine-tuning the settings. At any point, if users decide that they prefer the results of the initially suggested fix, they can quickly reapply the suggested settings. Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 gives users the flexibility to experiment freely with confidence, knowing that they can always revert to their starting point.
By suggesting changes to users, the Smart Photo Fix feature takes the guesswork out of getting great image results.
Depth of Field Effect: Paint Shop Pro Photo lets users draw attention to a specific area of an image. The Depth of Field effect applies focus to a region of a photo while applying an out-of-focus blur to the rest of the image. This allows users to easily replicate the look of limited depth of field, an effect that usually requires precise manual lens aperture adjustments.
The Depth of Field Effect

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Advanced Adjustments: Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 offers advanced users the
professional-level tools and features that are usually found only in expensive image-editing applications. These advanced features include the following: Curves and Levels Adjustments The Curves and Levels features in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 give users exceptional control over some of the most critical imaging adjustments. The Curves dialog box includes a histogram, so photographers can easily and intuitively fine-tune their work. Three automatic settings let less-experienced users optimize the contrast and color levels in their images with a few clicks. Histogram Adjustment With Paint Shop Pro Photo X2, the Histogram Adjustment feature lets users display the tonal range of an image and finetune the balance of shadows, midtones, and highlights. More advanced users can use this feature to manually correct exposure. Adjustment Layers Whenever a tonal or color change is applied to an image, the images information is altered, which means that the image ultimately starts to degrade. The advantage of using adjustment layers is that they do not permanently modify the image layers themselves. Advanced users love working with adjustment layers in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 because they offer a great way to adjust the color or tone of underlying layers without actually modifying the pixels of those layers. In addition, users can add multiple adjustment layers to test various color corrections or to see how several corrections look when theyre combined.

Lens Distortion Correction Filters: Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 provides
excellent Lens Distortion Correction filters that help users correct common photo distortions, such as fish-eye, barrel, and pincushion.
Users can easily correct distorted images with Lens Distortion Correction filters.

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Create One-Of-A-Kind Photos
Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 offers an array of graphics tools and creative effects that help users transform their photos into one-of-a-kind artistic images. While professional-strength image-correction tools have always been at the core of the application, Paint Shop Pro Photo is also renowned for letting users push their artistic boundaries. Whether making a photo look like it was taken long ago with a bygone era's film and camera technology, or adding stunning artistic effects, users of Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 can unleash their creativity.
New! Layer Styles: This feature lets users apply a variety of artistic effects to
a layer, such as Drop Shadow, Emboss, and Reflection, without having to leave the Layer Properties dialog box.
Layer Styles lets users easily apply artistic effects to their images.

Using Layer Styles

1 First, create a graphic by clicking File New. , type X2, and click
2 On the Tools toolbar, choose the Text tool Apply.
3 On the Layers palette, double-click the layer containing the text. 4 In the Layer Properties dialog box, click the Layer Styles tab. 5 Mark any of the following check boxes: Reflection creates a reflection of the selected layer Outer Glow applies an outer glow around the selected layer Bevel applies a bevelled edge around the selected layer Emboss gives the selected layer an embossed look Inner Glow applies an inner glow within the selected layer

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Drop Shadow applies a drop shadow to the selected layer Mark the Layer check box to show the layer data with the effects applied. When unmarked, this check box lets you turn off the layer data and just show the effects. 6 Drag the Opacity and Size sliders, and choose a color to fine-tune the layer effects. 7 Click OK.
Film and Filters: Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 offers users a range of effects
inspired by classic film and filter types. Users can experiment with a variety of film-effect and filter-effect combinations to produce interesting, eye-catching results. Users can also simulate the effect of using color filters on the lens of a camera by applying a Creative Filter effect, or they can apply a Film Look to simulate the effect of using different types of film in a traditional camera.
Time Machine: The Time Machine offers users a tour of photographic history by letting them see what their photos would look like if they had been taken in another era. With a range of settings based on photo styles from the 1830s to the 1980s, users can easily send their photos back in time. A live preview lets users see the evolution of photography on a single image. Warp Brush: The Warp Brush lets users easily create caricatures of their photos

Whats Included in Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2?


Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2: Based on user feedback, Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 is a complete digital photography toolkit, offering easy-to-use, professional-quality image-editing tools and features. Getting Started with Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2: Video tutorials on CD, a $49 value, from, a leading provider of training materials for renowned software products. (English only) Corel MediaOne Plus: This $39 fully functional product is available free to Paint Shop Pro Photo customers via a special download. It provides everything users need to create unique multimedia shows, including transitions, background music, and motion effects. (This version does not include the ability to author DVDs with slideshows, and will be available for download beginning September 22, 2007.)


Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 provides hundreds of high-quality, easy-to-use creative extras, including the following: Picture Tubes: Click and paint with photos and creative pictures. Picture Frames: Easily add decorations and borders. Photo Edges: Apply a unique shape or a torn-edges look. Patterns: Paint with sophisticated colors and unique combinations; make your own backgrounds or scrapbook paper. Textures: Paint with any color, and then use a texture to add depth.

Bonus Content

Nik plug-In filter effects: From the recognized leader in digital photographic filters, these plug-ins offer features and functionality that are designed to make digital photographic enhancements and digital photography not only easier, but better. (English, German, French, and Spanish only) Zazzle: $25 coupon for online photo processing (U.S. and Canada only) Reviewers Guide [ 25 ]
Imagekind prints: $25 coupon for high-quality prints and poster art (U.S. and Canada only) SnapTotes bag: $25 coupon for leather bag with custom photo imprint (U.S. and Canada only) Carbonite backup service: Free trial of this fully automatic Internet backup service (U.S. and Canada only)

Printed Documentation

Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 User Guide: An updated 144-page user guide describes common photo-correction and image-enhancement workflows. The printed user guide mirrors the workflow outlined in the Learning Center to help users quickly master the application.

Electronic Documentation

Help file: Users can easily access information on specific features and common tasks with a comprehensive index and full-text search. Users can also click links in dialog boxes and the Learning Center to get contextsensitive help when they need it. Learning Center palette: The award-winning Learning Center was designed to ensure that anyone can harness the power of advanced photo editing, regardless of their previous software experience. It builds user confidence by helping them complete tasks within seconds of launching Paint Shop Pro Photo, resulting in higher levels of satisfaction and enjoyment from the software. PDF version of the Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Help
Minimum System Requirements
1 GHz processor Windows Vista or Windows XP, with latest service packs installed Microsoft DirectX 9.0c or higher (included with Windows XP and Windows Vista) Internet Explorer 6 or higher (included with Windows XP and Windows Vista) 256 MB of RAM (768 MB for Windows Vista) 500 MB of free hard disk space resolution display, 24-bit color display
Recommended System Configuration
2-GHz processor or faster 768 MB of RAM
Additional Requirements for Selected Features
Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, WordPerfect MAIL, or other MAPI-compliant e-mail software (to e-mail from the product)

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About Corel
Corel is a leading developer of graphics, productivity, and digital media software, with more than 100 million users worldwide. The companys product portfolio includes some of the worlds most popular and widely recognized software brands, including CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Corel Painter, Corel DESIGNER, Corel WordPerfect Office, WinZip, and iGrafx. In 2006, Corel acquired InterVideo, makers of WinDVD, and Ulead, a leading developer of video, imaging, and DVD authoring software. Designed to help people become more productive and express their creative potential, Corels full-featured software products set a higher standard for value in being easier to learn and use. The industry has responded with hundreds of awards recognizing Corels leadership in software innovation, design, and value. Corels products are sold in more than 75 countries through a wellestablished network of international resellers, retailers, original equipment manufacturers, online providers, and Corels global Web sites. With its headquarters in Ottawa, Canada, the company has major offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, and Japan. Corels stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol CREL and on the TSX under the symbol CRE.
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Create perfectly exposed images with HDR Photo Merge
With NEW HDR Photo Merge you can easily create photos that give you full detail in the shadows and the highlights of your photos. HDR Photo Merge helps you combine two or more photos taken at different exposures, and then automatically dodge and burn to bring out the contrast! Here we'll show you how.

What you'll need

Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Sample images PSPPX2_01, PSPPX2_02 and PSPPX2_03 (download)
When you complete this tutorial, you'll be able to
Add photos to the HDR Photo Merge dialog box Adjust merged photos Create a dynamic photo with perfectly exposed highlights and shadows
Display the HDR Photo Merge dialog box
1. Before you begin, make sure you download the sample images and save
them to your My Pictures folder. You don't need to open the sample images before we start; you'll do that in the dialog box. So get started by choosing File > HDR Photo Merge.
Load your bracketed photos
2. In the HDR Photo Merge dialog box, click the Browse button
located next to Load Images. Use the Open dialog box to navigate to the folder that holds the sample images you downloaded. Select the photos you want to merge. To select multiple photos at once press Ctrl and then click the thumbnail you want to select. When you're ready click Open. *Note: If you have a large number of images to choose from, you can select a range of bracketed photos by marking the Auto select by date/time taken check box located at the bottom of the HDR Photo Merge Open dialog. For example, if you set the Time Tolerance slider to 7 seconds, photos taken within 7 seconds of each other will be automatically selected. If you only have a few photos to choose from, you don't need to use this option.
Learn what the HDR Photo Merge Dialog Offers
3. After a brief pause, your photos will load into the HDR Photo
Merge dialog. The order in which they appear is based on their Exposure Value; darkest photos (negative or lowest EV setting) are loaded first. Before you start changing settings, let's get familiar with this dialog. Here is an example showing:
a) thumbnails of the photos you loaded; b) the Exposure Value (EV) of each photo; c) a preview of the merged photos using the brightness of the darkest photo; d) adjustments you can apply to the composite (merged) photo

Make Adjustments

4. Take a look at the merged photo in the Preview pane. If you choose not to use any of
the Adjustment settings, the final merged photo will use the overall image brightness of the darkest photo in the set. You can use the controls in the Adjustments group box as desired: Brightness drag this slider (or type a value) to enhance the merged photo's overall brightness. Clarify drag this slider (or type a value) to enhance the merged photo's local contrast (i.e. changing pixel color based on neighboring pixel color, thus applying a sharpening-like effect). Suggest Settings click this button to have Paint Shop Pro Photo suggest Brightness and Clarify settings for you. Alternatively, you can start by clicking this button, and then adjusting the Brightness and Clarify settings to suit your taste. The example on the left shows a final merged image with no adjustments, while the example on the right shows Brightness set to 40 and Clarify set to 50.
5. When the Preview photo looks just right, click OK and Paint Shop Pro Photo will
merge the images to give you one stunning image that's perfectly composed.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What if I want to load another image into the composite? If you've already clicked OK to close the HDR Photo Merge dialog box and create the final merged image, just close that image without saving it. Choose File > HDR Photo Merge, and reload all the images, this time including the image you didn't load previously. What if I want to remove a photo from the composite? After loading the photos that comprise the final merged photo, look for the check box below each thumbnail (and to the right of the EV setting). By default each box is marked, meaning you want to use the photo's data in the composite. To remove a photo from the final composite, simply unmark the box.
What does the Align Images button do? Most photographers will use a tripod when shooting a series of bracketed photos since this greatly reduces any camera movement. You can, however, hold the camera steadily without a tripod and shoot your bracketed images. After loading these shots taken without a tripod, we recommend you let Paint Shop Pro Photo automatically align each photo prior to making the final merged photo. Just click the Align Images button to have your photos automatically evaluated and lined up appropriately. Be aware that the alignment process can be time-consuming, so be patient. Can I create a 16-bit per channel merged photo? Yes. In the HDR Photo Merge dialog box, simply mark the Create result as 16 bit image check box. The resulting image will consume much more disk space than an 8-bit per channel image.

Next steps

Still looking for more information on HDR Photo Merge and how to capture bracketed photos? Check out Tips for Getting the most from HDR Photo Merge.


Technical specifications

Full description

Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate combines ease of use with full professional power. Fix brightness, color and photo imperfections like red eye in a few clicks, or use precision photo-editing controls to create photos you'll be proud to share. The Ultimate edition features valuable extras like media recovery software, a creative content pack, Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4. Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 has everything you need to create stunning photos. The integrated learning center and a selection of one-click photo-fixing tools make it easy to correct common photo flaws such as red eye, color and sharpness. Unique makeover tools let you whiten teeth, remove blemishes and paint on a tan, so you can make everyone look their best before printing or posting photos online. As your skills and confidence grow, you can harness the power of professional-quality features such as HDR Photo Merge, Histogram, Curves and Levels Adjustment tools to make precision edits. You can even get creative with artistic effects and filters to turn your favorite photos into fun projects to share with family and friends.

CategoryCreativity application
SubcategoryCreativity - graphics & image editing
License TypeComplete package
License Qty1 user
License PricingStandard
Min Supported Color Depth24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Distribution MediaDVD-ROM
Package TypeRetail
Target CompanyLenovo
System Requirements
OS RequiredMicrosoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista
Software RequirementsDirectX 9.0c or later
Peripheral / Interface DevicesDVD-ROM, XGA monitor
System Requirements DetailsMicrosoft Windows XP - 1 GHz - RAM 512 MB - HD 1.5 GB Microsoft Windows Vista - 1 GHz - RAM 768 MB - HD 1.5 GB
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