There has been a lot of discussion lately circulating around Adobe’s Creative Cloud offering in terms of photography post-processing tools. Many software companies are moving towards a monthly subscription model and in some cases this works fine for artists, but in other cases many of us would like Creative Cloud alternatives. Our favorite post-processing tool of choice has always been PaintShop Pro, and just this month Corel has released a brand new application, Corel PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate Version. The full version retails for $99.99 and upgrades are priced at $79.99 for editions that are instantly available to download online. These incredibly reasonable prices deliver a very powerful toolkit for the photographer at a one time cost that gives you years and years of image creation. What a great value!
All of the images we create here at Toad Hollow Photography are done with PaintShop Pro, even our Limited Edition Prints. While the Adobe Creative Cloud offering may have more advanced features, we find in our practice that we don’t need these features and they add unneeded complexity to our workflow. Over the years, we have found that everything we want in our art is easily accomplished with PaintShop Pro. This ability to focus on the pictures being created has allowed us to develop a deep portfolio and catalog of images in a very reasonable amount of time.
PaintShop Pro comes bundled with a large selection of effects and filters to use right out of the box. Most common plug-in manufacturers also support this platform, such as Topaz Labs and their terrific assortment of add-on tools. This makes your one-time software investment have real depth in the way that you can extend it with some powerful 3rd party tools, if you need them. This goes to show the level of maturity and sophistication that PaintShop Pro has experienced over the years as it has been developed.
Good software is only the beginning, though, customer service and integrity are also important factors in choosing an application suite to go with for your needs. The few times I’ve needed help with using the application, the customer service at Corel has been top-notch with quick and friendly support. This goes a long way to helping you feel confident in making this choice as you always sense someone is standing behind you in case you need help. The built-in help suite is a powerful place to start when trying to familiarize yourself with a new interface or are trying to dig deep into a specific feature. Detailed help is always just a click away.
Built from the ground up to take advantage of today’s modern 64-bit computing platforms, loading and editing large images has never been faster. Corel PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate Version comes bundled with a set of extras that can help you take your imagery to that next level, including powerful image correction technology Perfectly Clear by Athentech Imaging and portrait beautifying tools Reallusion® FaceFilter3 Standard.
A brief video presentation on their site takes you through a lot of the highlights quickly. Digging into the site a little deeper reveals all sorts of features, including this quote that really shows how PaintShop Pro is suitable for everyone in the digital art field.
From the Corel PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate Version site:
A complete toolset for all skill levels
Take your photo editing to the next level with pro-quality tools, including RAW editing, HDR, layers and more. Whether you’re a photography newbie looking to pick up the basics or an experienced user who wants to learn new techniques, the library of video tutorials offers the help you need to build your skills.
In today’s world it really pays to be budget conscious. When you find an application like this that comes with so many compelling features at the same time it allows you to break free of monthly subscription costs, this is real value. Whether you’ve been thinking about starting to work with pro-level tools in post-production of your images, or you are looking for an alternative to the cloud model, Corel PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate Version is most definitely a software application you should check out before making your decision. You won’t regret it!