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Features PaintShop Pro 2020 Ultimate PaintShop Pro 2020 PaintShop Pro 2019 Ultimate PaintShop Pro 2019 PaintShop Pro 2018 Ultimate
Applications
New GRFX Studio - Access thousands of the most popular photo effects to transform your images instantly.
New Parallels Toolbox - An economical suite of tools replaces the need for multiple apps on your computer.
PhotoMirage™ Express – Effortlessly transform any image into a mesmerizing animation in a matter of minutes.
Corel Painter Essentials™ 6 – Learn to paint, draw and sketch from scratch with this easy to use painting program. Painter Essentials 6 Painter Essentials 5
Corel AfterShot™ 3 – Quickly adjust and manage even large photo collections, and enhance RAW files.
Corel Creative Collection – Includes dozens of brushes, textures and royalty-free backgrounds.
Features
New Photography Workspace - All-new, simple yet sleek, workspace that allows you to focus exclusively on quick photo edits. Photography, Essentials and Complete Photography, Essentials and Complete Essentials and Complete Essentials and Complete
New SmartClone - Easily merge elements from multiple images and seamlessly integrate them into one.
New Refine Brush - Select an object with extreme precision and accuracy, down to a single strand of hair.
New Brushes, color palettes, gradients, patterns and picture tubes - Expand your creativity! New options New options Color Palettes feature introduced
New Copy and Paste Layer Styles - With one simple click, you can easily replicate style settings from one layer to another.
Improved Faster Text Rendering - Increase your speed and efficiency while working with text.
Improved Faster Text Editing - Enjoy more speed while editing, formatting, aligning and deleting. Watch quick edits such as changing the font size, type,kerning, leading, or tracking, happen immediately.
Improved Faster Text Wrap - Easier and faster text wrap whether you are working with text on a path or within a shape.
Improved Faster Pic-to-Painting - Transform your favorite photos into art faster.
Improved Depth of Field - Experience an amazing increase in precision.
Improved Numerous improvements - Enjoy improvements to PaintShop Pro’s performance, stability and features, based on requests from loyal users.
Welcome tab - Discover learning materials, free and premium plugins, applications, scripts, brushes and more in a new, friendly tabbed interface.
Project templates - Build personalized greetings, brochures and more, faster than ever with project templates.
Quick Customize - Pick and choose the tools you want on your Tools toolbar, and search for any tool using a handy alphabetical search.
Customizable UI text size - Increase text size for better visibility. Choose Small or Large text from the User Interface menu. Customize size of icons, scroll bars, nodes and lines
Cloning tools - Cover parts of an image by copying colors or patterns from a neighboring area. SmartClone SmartClone
Crop toolbar - Enhance photos right from your Crop toolbar.
Quick selection tools - Drag a selection window over the desired spot with Auto Selection. Or try the Smart Selection brush to quickly make a selection by brushing over the target area. Refine Brush Refine Brush
Screenshot tools - Capture and edit screenshots all in one place.
Text and Shape Cutting tools - Instantly create photo objects by using a text or shape to clip underlying photos or imagery.
Photo management tools - Catalog, search, rate and tag your photos so you can quickly find your favorites.
Makeover tools - Remove blemishes, whiten teeth, brighten eyes, paint on a tan, and thinify your subjects.
Scratch Remover tools - Get rid of unwanted image scuffs, cracks and scratches.
Vector drawing tools - Create any type of object, from simple lines and shapes, to complex illustrations.
Magic Move and Magic Fill - Use content-aware editing tools to automatically fill the empty area when you move or remove an object from your image, so it matches the surrounding background.
Lens correction - Easily correct distortions, vignetting and chromatic aberrations.
Object Extractor - Quickly and precisely isolate and remove from an image.
Digital Camera Noise Removal & Chromatic Aberration Removal filters - Eliminate what you don't need and preserve what you want to keep.
HDR photo merge - Blend multiple exposures to create striking High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos.
Retro Lab™ - Apply old-school effects inspired by early lo-fi cameras.
Instant Effects - Transform photos by applying dozens of unique creative effects inspired by vintage photographs, film styles and more.
Scripts - Speed up repetitive tasks using the scripting engine and guide for batch edits.
Selective Focus - Mimic the effect of expensive tilt-shift lenses and turn a scene into a miniature world.
Fill light and clarity - Brighten shadowy areas of a photo while preserving the rest of the image.
Latest stylus and graphics tablet support - Pair PaintShop Pro with the latest mainstream and WinTab-aware graphics tablets, as well as Windows Ink.
Autosave - Gain more control over the frequency of autosaving, and by default, you'll experience less disruptions.
Seamless content and plugin migration - Easily migrate your content from previous versions, for a smooth upgrade experience.
RAW Lab - Make non-destructive adjustments to your RAW images. Easily restore detail in overly exposed areas, correct white balance and more.
Batch processing - Adjust one photo, then apply to multiple photos.
Plugin support - Enjoy support for 64-bit versions of third-party plugins and Adobe Photoshop plugins.
360° camera support - Straighten, rotate and flatten a 360° photo, and automatically remove the tripod from the image. Or create an interesting 'planet-like' effect.
4K monitor support - An enhanced interface is compatible with Ultra High DPI displays. Larger UI text Larger UI text Larger icons
Features PaintShop Pro 2020 Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
Pricing
Pricing model Perpetual license (software is licensed forever, for one price) Monthly subscription
Suggested Retail Price (for 1 year subscription) $79.99 $119.88
(1 year subscription total)
Price for subsequent years $0 $119.88
Total after 3 years $79.99 $359.64 or more (depending on subscription price increases)
Volume licensing price 1 to 4 - $71.99 per unit
5 to 30 - $63.99 per unit
$407.88 per unit
(1 year subscription total)
Free trial Yes (30 days) Yes (15 days)
Key Capabilities
Professional-quality bitmap and photo editing
Vector graphics
Photo adjustment tools (White Balance, Brightness/
Contrast, Fill Light/Clarity, Vibrancy and more)
Digital painting and drawing tools
Three Workspaces (New Photography Workspace)
Content-aware tools (move and fill) (New SmartClone)
Portraiture tools
Levels and Curves
Text tools (Enhanced speed and performance)
Selection tools (New Refine Brush)
Image presets powered by Artificial Intelligence
Instant effects and filters
One-click photo fixes
Screenshot tools
RAW file support
4K monitor support
Layers and Masks
High Dynamic Range (HDR) tools (no dedicated HDR module;
more steps than PaintShop Pro)
Photo management tools (indexing, metadata, and rating controls) (separate app – Adobe Bridge)
Enhance photos from within Crop tool
Project templates
PSD compatibility (native Photoshop file format)
Advanced UI customization
Web tools
360° camera support
Support for automation (Scripts) (Actions)
Support for Photoshop plugins (to version Adobe Plugin SDK ver 10)
Seamless content and plugin migration
Dual monitor mode
Stylus and graphics tablet support
In-app Guided Tour
Creative Content
Compatibility
Operating Systems Windows Windows, Mac, Online
File formats supported Import formats
AI, BMP, CAL, CALS, CGM, CLP, CMX*, CT, CUR, CUT, DCX, DIB, DRW*, EMF, EPS, GIF, HDP, HGL*, HPG*, IFF, IMG, J2C, J2K, JIF, JP2, JPC, JPE, JPEG, JPG, JPS, JPX, MAC, MPO, MRW, MSP, PBM, PCD*, PCT, PCX, PDF, PGL*, PGM, PIC, PICT, PNG, PNS, PPM, PS, PSD, PSP(PSPimage files), RAS, RAW, RIF, RLE, SCT, SVG, SVGZ, TGA, TIF, UFO, WBM, WBMP, WDP, WEBP, WMF, WPG**
Export formats
BMP, CAL, CALS, CLP, CUT, DCX, DIB, EMF, EPS, AI, PS, GIF, HDP, WDP, IFF, IMG, JP2, J2C, J2K, JPC, JPX, JPG, JIF, JPE, JPEG, MAC, MSP, PBM, PCX, PGM, PIC, PPM, PNG, PSD, PSP (PSPIMAGE FILES), RAS, RAW, RIF, RIFF, RLE, SCT, CT, JPS, PNS, TGA, TIF, TIFF, WBMP, WBM, WEBP, WMF
Import/Export formats
Photoshop PSD, Large Document Format PSB, BMP, Cineon, CompuServe GIF, Photoshop DCS 1.0, Photoshop DCS 2.0, DICOM, Photoshop EPS, IFF format, JPEG, JPEG2000, OpenEXR, PCX, Photoshop PDF, Pixar, PNG, Portable Bit Map, Photoshop Raw, Scitex CT, Targa, TIFF, Wireless Bitmap, Photoshop 2.0 (Mac only), PICT (read only), PICT Resource (Mac only, can open only), Radiance
3D-related formats
3D Studio (import only), DAE (Collada), Flash 3D*(export only), JPS* (JPEG Stereo), KMZ (Google Earth 4), MPO* (Multi-Picture format), U3D, Wavefront|OBJ
RAW file support Support for over 650 camera models with the following extensions: 3FR, ARW, CR2, CRW, DCR, DNG, ERF, K25, KDC, MEF, MOS, NEF, NRW, ORF, PEF, RAF, RW2, SR2, SRF, X3F Yes, hundreds of cameras supported via Adobe Camera RAW
Brush formats supported Yes. PaintShop Pro Brush (.pspbrush), Adobe Photoshop Brush (.abr), Jasc Brush (.jbr) Photoshop brushes only
Audio & video formats supported None by default
(handled separately via Corel Photo Video Bundle)
Audio import formats:
AAC*, AIFF*, M2A*, M4A*, MP2*, Mp3* Video import formats:
264*, 3GP, 3GPP*, AVC*, AVI, F4V*, FLV*, MOV(QuickTime), MPE*, MPEG 1, MPEG 4, MPEG-2 if adecoder is installed (eg. with an Adobe video suite), MTS*, MXF*, R3D*, TS*, VOB*
Video export formats:
DPX*, MOV (QuickTime), MP4

* Supported on 32-bit installs only
** WPG (WordPerfect Vector only) is not supported on 64 bit. WordPerfect Bitmap is supported on 64 bit
‡Adobe and Photoshop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. Pricing current as of May 2019 and is subject to change.
Pricing obtained from the Adobe Photoshop plans page: https://creative.adobe.com/plans
Subscription includes Adobe Lightroom CC and Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.

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