PaintShop Pro

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PaintShop Pro
Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2.png
Corel PaintShop Pro Photo X2 in Windows Vista
Original author(s)
Developer(s)Corel (9–X6)
Stable releaseX6 SP2 ([1] / March 6, 2014; 3 months ago (2014-03-06)
Operating systemWindows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP
TypeRaster graphics editor, vector graphics editor
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PaintShop Pro
Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2.png
Corel PaintShop Pro Photo X2 in Windows Vista
Original author(s)
  • JASC, Inc. (up to 4.12)
  • Jasc Software, Inc. (3.11–9)
  • Sourcenext Corporation (9)
  • P.&A., Inc. (5J, 6J, 7J, 8, 9)
Developer(s)Corel (9–X6)
Stable releaseX6 SP2 ([1] / March 6, 2014; 3 months ago (2014-03-06)
Operating systemWindows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP
TypeRaster graphics editor, vector graphics editor

PaintShop Pro (PSP) is a raster and vector graphics editor for Microsoft Windows. It was originally published by Jasc Software. In October 2004, Corel purchased Jasc Software and the distribution rights to Paint Shop Pro. PSP functionality can be extended by Photoshop-compatible plugins.

Although often written as Paint Shop Pro, Corel's website shows the name for the product as PaintShop Pro. The X-numbered editions have been sold in two versions: PaintShop Pro, which is the basic editing program, and PaintShop Pro Ultimate, which bundles in other standalone programs. The particular bundled programs have varied with each numbered version and have not been sold by Corel as separate products.


Originally called simply Paint Shop, the first version, 1.0, was a basic picture converter between BMP, GIF and PCX formats, released in August 1990.[2] Paint Shop was originally distributed as shareware and is still available at many download sites (4.12 being a popular version). Most newer versions are only commercially available although some have been distributed in the United Kingdom in computer magazine CDs after they became obsolete.

On November 28, 2007, Corel announced that the office in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where Paint Shop Pro was created, would be shut down, with development moving to offices in California and China.[3]

Version history[edit]

JASC releases: 1990–2004[edit]

Paint Shop Pro 1.0 (pictured here running on Windows XP), was released in 1992 for Windows 3.1.

In the table below, italicized dates are approximate, based on the earliest file timestamp on JASC or Corel's FTP server. Non-italicized dates are sourced from official press releases or notifications posted on JASC's web site.

Version numberRelease dateRelease notes
2.00August 1993Introduces the floating toolbar
3.0August 1993
3.11August 1995
3.12January 1996
4.00July 1996First 32-bit release
4.10September 1996
4.12January 1997
4.14October 1997
4.15April 1998
4.15 SEApril 1999Bundled software edition distributed with some PC peripherals, as well as an issue of PC Advisor
5.00April 1998Major changes to the graphical user interface; adds support for layers
5.01June 1998
5.03May 1999
6.00September 1999Adds support for vector graphics
6.01December 1999
6.022000 February
7.002000 SeptemberPaint Shop Pro 7J is a localized version of Jasc Paint Shop Pro 7 for Japan market from P. & A. Inc., released on 2010-11-10.[4]
7.012001 February
7.022001 March
7.042001 AugustCoincided with the release of the "Anniversary Edition" of Paint Shop Pro 7. This may mean that the first release of Paint Shop Pro was on August 22, 1991.
7.052002 June
8.002003 AprilIntroduces a redesigned graphical user interface; adds comprehensive support for Python macro scripts. New filters, One Step Photo Fix, Learning Center. New brush engine.

Paint Shop Power Suite includes Jasc Paint Shop Photo Album 4, Jasc Paint Shop Xtras—Creative Edition 1, Jasc Paint Shop Xtras—Creative Edition 2, Jasc Animation Shop

8.012003 June
8.102003 OctoberThe last version to support Windows 95
9.002004 AugustAdds a history palette, natural media brushes, fill flash, backlight filter, limited raw image format support
9.012004 SeptemberFinal version to support Windows 98 and Windows ME
9.022004 OctoberThe last JASC Software-branded version (although released after Corel's acquisition).[5]

Corel Paint Shop Pro releases: 2005[edit]

Version numberRelease dateRelease notes
10.00September 2005Fully rebranded as "Corel Paint Shop Pro X" Revamped Learning Center that helps new users to get started, Makeover Tools (Blemish Remover, Toothbrush/whitener, and Suntan Brush), IR film simulator, and a Black and White film converter that includes color filter effects, partial 48-bit (16bits per channel) color support. Image browser palette, Smart Photo Fix, Object Remover. The last release was 10.10 and the last patch was 10.03 [6]

Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo releases: 2006–2008[edit]

Version numberRelease dateRelease notes
XI (11.00)September 2006Fully rebranded as "Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI"
XI (11.11)December 2006Bug fixes, including improvements in the appearance of Camera Raw images (and support for two new camera models) plus a performance increase of the organizer, new 'One-step photo fixes'.
XI (11.20)February 2007The last version to support Windows 2000
X2 (12.00)September 2007Comes with the "Graphite" workspace theme. Layer styles have been added, although these have been criticised by people as too basic.
X2 (12.01)October 2007
X2 (12.50)September 2008Rebranded as "Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate Edition". This version included some stability and bug fixes Adds Creative Content Pack, Background Remover, and Full Certification for Windows Vista.[7]

Corel PaintShop Photo Pro releases: 2010[edit]

Version numberRelease dateRelease notes
X3 (13.00)25 January 2010Rebranded as "PaintShop Photo Pro X3". Adds Windows 7 support, New Organizer, Multi-photo Adjustments, Smart Carver(TM), Express Lab, Camera RAW Lab (Supporting more than 350 RAW formats), Object Extractor, Project Creator, improved Text tool, import and export HD video.[8]

Corel PaintShop Pro releases: 2011–present[edit]

Version numberRelease dateRelease notes
X4 (14.00)5 September 2011[9]Rebranded as "PaintShop Pro X4" Streamlined user-interface with workspaces, Photo Blend for combining the best parts of multiple photos of a single scene, optimized HDR workflow Optimized performance: Up to two times faster than X3

Ultimate version includes Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 photographic filters, buyer's choice of 21 high-quality images from Fotolia and free Picture Tubes.[10]

X5 (15.00)5 September 2012,[11] 5 June 2013 (Walmart)[12]The Paintshop Pro X5 was derived from Ulead PhotoExplorer.[13]

Adds face recognition, Instant Effects Palette, Graduate Filter effect, Retro Lab, Single RAW photo, run multiple scripts, Corel Guide, Photo Mapping, Support for Photoshop brushes, RAW/JPG Pair filtering, 16-bit supported in 57 additional adjustments and effects, enhanced tools (Text, Crop, HDR, Photo Blend), Share My Trip on-line slide show creation[14]

ULTIMATE BONUS PACK includes REALLUSION FaceFilter Studio 2.0, NIK Color Efex Pro 3.0, Creative collection (with dozens of new brushes, textures, and over 100 royalty-free backgrounds).

X6 (16)4 September 2013[15]New features include:
  • 64-bit applications
  • new memory management work opening and saving files and applying effects is accelerated in both 32- and 64-bit versions of X6
  • Enhanced support for Adobe Photoshop plug-ins: supports many 64-bit Adobe Photoshop plug-ins in addition to Photoshop format (.psd) images and Photoshop format (.abr) brushes.
  • Smart Selection Brush: enables the selection of objects based on a brushstroke
  • Auto Selection tool: lets users enclose an image area in a bounding rectangle that automatically detects and snaps to the edge.

PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate includes Athentech Imaging's Perfectly Clear plug-in, FaceFilter3 Standard photo retouching and beautifying toolkit by Reallusion.

Picture tubes[edit]

Picture tubes are graphic images with no background. They are often used as a starting point for complex images; that is, they are combined with other image elements to produce a final work. Tubes can also be regarded as graphic brushes based on a pre-created image; this was their original use.[16] Instead of leaving a trace of color on the canvas, they would leave a trail of images. Popular tube subjects include alphabets, human (also known as dollz), animal and toy figures, flowers, love messages and seasonal symbols.

The tube system originated with PSP Pro version 5. Native tube files may be in .tub, .psp, .pspimage, and .psptube formats.[17] XnView, IrfanView, and TubeEx are separate graphics programs that can open tube files (.tub) and save them as .png files for use in other programs.

Other related versions and products[edit]

Paint Shop Pro Personal[edit]

It is a version of Corel Paint Shop Pro 9 for Japan market, published by Sourcenext Corporation.[18][19][20]

Paint Shop Photo Album[edit]

It is a simplified version of Paint Shop Pro designed to enhance, organize, and share digital photos.

Corel version was released as version 5.

Corel Paint Shop Pro Album Personal[edit]

It is a version of Corel Paint Shop Pro Album 5 Deluxe for Japan market, published by Sourcenext Corporation.[18][21]

Corel Photo Album[edit]

It is the successor of Jasc Paint Shop Photo Album. First release was version 6.

Corel PaintShop Photo Express[edit]

It is the successor of Corel Photo Album. First release was PaintShop Photo Express 2010.

Paint Shop Pro Photo Studio[edit]

It is a site launched as part of Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 launch celebration.

License management software[edit]

Versions XI, X2, X3 and X4 install a third party program named PSIService.exe, a Windows service called ProtexisLicensing. Written by Protexis, this runs in the background and collects licensing information. This program communicates with a remote host. Manually disabling the Protexis Licensing service may cause Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo to cease functioning.

Criticism of pricing policy[edit]

There have been criticisms of Corel's pricing policy that pitches international versions at higher prices than those charged in the US.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "See "Paint Shop v1.0 - for Windows 3.0"". Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  3. ^ "Corel to close Eden Prairie office". 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  4. ^ P. & A.  Utilities
  5. ^ "Corel Acquires Jasc Software". 2004-10-14. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  6. ^ "Patches and Updates - Patches and Updates". Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  7. ^ "Corel Introduces Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate Edition". 2008-09-09. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  8. ^ "Photo editing software – Corel PaintShop Pro X4". Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  9. ^ Corel® PaintShop™ Pro X4 Delivers Professional Photo Editing Power, Dramatic Performance Improvements and New Creative Effects
  10. ^ "Corel: PaintShop Pro X4 vorgestellt - NETZWELT" (in German). 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  11. ^ New PaintShop Pro X5 Combines Photo Editing & Design Tools for a Powerful All-in-One Solution
  12. ^ Corel® PaintShop® Pro X5 Now Available at Walmart
  13. ^ Ulead is now a Corel company
  14. ^ "PaintShop Pro Version-to-Version Comparison". Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  15. ^ New 64-Bit Corel® PaintShop® Pro X6 Delivers on Users’ Top Request
  16. ^ Michael Bednarek (2011-08-27). "Discussion of introduction of tubes to JASC Paint Shop Pro 5". Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  17. ^ "Discussion of Paint Shop Pro Picture Tubes, tutorials and tips". 2011-08-30. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  18. ^ a b ソースネクスト、コーレルのグラフィックソフトも1980円で
  19. ^ ソースネクスト、コーレルと販売提携 「Paint Shop™Pro®パーソナル」を1,980円で発売
  20. ^ あの人気グラフィックソフトが1,980円で登場 Paint Shop(TM)Pro(R)パーソナル
  21. ^ あのデジタル写真活用ソフトが1,980円で登場 Corel(R) Paint Shop Pro(TM) Album パーソナル
  22. ^ Burley, Ian (2007-09-22). "Features - Critical Focus: Software pricing - it's an international rip-off - Digital Photography Now". Retrieved 2011-09-13. 

External links[edit]

Official website

Paint Shop Photo Album[edit]

PaintShop Photo Express[edit]

Paint Shop Xtras[edit]