Corel Announces Corel® PaintShop™ Pro X4

New Release Combines Affordability with over 75 New and Enhanced Features to Provide Professional Editing Power and Amazing Photos for Everyone

Maidenhead, UK – September 7, 2011 - Corel today announced the release of Corel® PaintShop™ Pro X4, the latest version of its award-winning photo editing software. The trusted choice of millions of photographers worldwide, PaintShop Pro delivers ‘DSLR’ power at a ‘point-and-shoot’ price while offering an uncompromising depth and selection of pro-quality tools to expertly manage, adjust, edit and share your entire photo collection.

Corel PaintShop Pro X4 includes over 75 new and enhanced features designed explicitly to meet the needs of today’s photographers. With new photo editing features, dramatic improvements in speed and performance, enhancements to the user interface and convenient ways to share through social media, PaintShop Pro X4 delivers the depth of professional features and range of creative possibilities at a much lower price point than other professional editing software.

Feedback from the PaintShop Pro community helped isolate the development priorities for this release and directly influenced the impressive set of new features and enhancements within the following four categories:

Professional Editing Power

  • New and Enhanced! HDR Tools – A completely redesigned HDR engine brings you the latest technology in high dynamic range photo production. The new HDR module provides tools to merge photos and create picture-perfect exposures with stunning contrast. With built-in presets to get you started, images look their best in no time.
  • New! Photo Blend – Create the perfect composition from a series of images by easily including the best details and removing unwanted elements from any individual photo.
  • New! Fill Light and Clarity – The Fill Light tool lets you bring out underexposed areas without affecting the overall brightness of your image, while the Clarity tool makes it easy to enhance subtle yet important details.
  • New! Selective Focus – Enhance the depth of field in any image or easily mimic the effect of expensive tilt-shift lenses to turn a scene into a simulated miniature.
  • New! Vignette Tools – Often used in wedding and portrait photography, the Vignette tool provides a classic portraiture style by applying a soft, coloured or faded border effect.

Performance –

  • Enhanced! Performance – Corel PaintShop Pro X4 is faster than ever before with speed increases of over 50% on launch and accelerated performance compared with past versions.
  • Enhanced! Full Screen Preview – Fast, full-screen preview allows you to efficiently review your photos and use the entire screen to quickly view, rate, and rotate your images.

Usability –

  • Enhanced! Workspace – New redesigned tabbed workspaces allow you to move easily between different photo workflows. The Manage workspace gives you all the power to review, tag, rate and organize your photos. The new Adjust workspace puts commonly-used editing tools at your fingertips, while the Edit workspace provides you with a full range of professional-level editing tools.
  • Enhanced! User Interface Updates – Corel PaintShop Pro X4 offers numerous interface updates to help users be as productive as possible. These include the ability to access the organizer in all workspaces, dual monitor support for enhanced efficiency, additional Adjustment Layers, an updated Curves dialog, easy-to-read Histogram tools, enhanced metadata support and more.

Sharing –

  • Enhanced! Built-in social media sharing For when your shots are picture-perfect, tools integrated into the organizer allow you to quickly share your images with a click on Facebook® and Flickr® plus resizing “on the fly” for emailing.

Pricing and Availability

Corel PaintShop Pro X4 is available now in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch and Polish for £59.99 including VAT for the full version and £44.99 including VAT for upgrade customers. Commercial and education volume licenses are also available and additional languages are to follow. To download a free fully-functional trial version or for more information about Corel PaintShop Pro X4, please visit www.corel.co.uk/paintshop.

Corel PaintShop Pro X4 Ultimate

Corel is today also announcing the premium version of PaintShop Pro: Corel PaintShop Pro X4 Ultimate. Offering the full PaintShop Pro X4 power plus additional pro-level tools including 52 easy-to-use filters with over 250 effects and styles in Nik® Color Efex Pro™ 3.0, a choice of royalty-free images from Fotolia and a premium collection of Picture Tubes™, Corel PaintShop Pro X4 Ultimate provides exceptional value and countless creative possibilities.

Corel PaintShop Pro X4 Ultimate is available now in English, German, French, Italian and Dutch for £79.99 including VAT for the full version and £59.99 including VAT for the upgrade.

Photo & Video X4 Ultimate Bundle

Also available from today is the Corel® Photo & Video X4 Ultimate Bundle that combines the power of Corel® PaintShop™ Pro X4 Ultimate with the end-to-end HD video editing tools of the recently announced VideoStudio® Pro X4 Ultimate. Now you only need one product to make all your photos and videos look great—the Corel® Photo & Video X4 Ultimate Bundle!

Corel® Photo & Video X4 Ultimate Bundle is available now in English and German for £109 including VAT.

Media, Blogger and Community Resources

For additional Corel PaintShop Pro X4 or Corel PaintShop Pro X4 Ultimate resources including reviewer's materials and screen shots, please visit www.corel.co.uk/newsroom.

Note to Press:

For more information about Corel PaintShop Pro X4 or Corel PaintShop Pro X4 Ultimate or to speak to a member of the product team, please contact:

Chris Boba
PR Manager
chris.boba@corel.com
Tel: 44 (0) 1628 589 845

About Corel

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