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Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate
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Product Description

Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate features new additions and enhancements including: New PHOTORECOVERY for Digital Media - When users think their digital content might have been lost forever, PHOTORECOVERY can recover images, movies and sound files from accidentally reformatted memory cards. It is compatible with virtually all media card formats, including SD, miniSD, microSD, CompactFlash I and II, Memory Stick, MMC, xD, SmartMedia and Microdrive New Flash Drive - A 2 GB USB Flash Drive makes it easier for users to backup and transfer photos, videos and other files from a PC. Includes plug-and-play compatibility

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 and a 2 GB USB flash drive--over $180 in value!

The easiest way to get professional looking photos--fast!

Overview

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.
  • Import pictures from your camera automatically
  • Instantly fix common problems such as red eye, color and sharpness
  • Add special effects to photos, text and projects with a few simple clicks
  • Use advanced editing tools to fine-tune images on your own
  • Print, email and share photos

Paint Shop Pro Photo X2
Includes:

  • New--Express Lab
    • Save hours with this rapid photo fixing mode
  • Corel MediaOne Plus (DVD Maker not included)
    • Edit with fast, fun and easy photo & video software
    • Turn pictures and video clips into slide shows, or create collages, calendars and album pages
  • Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 video training
    • Learn editing tips and tricks with video tutorials by Lynda.com
  • Special effects filters by Nik Software
    • Add stunning effects and styles to transform pictures into unique photographs

The Express Lab lets you edit photos without opening each image file individually, so your workflow runs seamlessly. Click to enlarge.

Use layers to add effects to your images. Click to enlarge.

Ease of use with full professional power. Click to enlarge.

Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate
Includes everything in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2, plus:

  • Enhanced--Camera raw support
    • Enjoy support for over 250 camera raw formats
  • New--Background remover plug-in
    • Easily remove the background of a photo and change it to a new scene for more creative impact
  • Enhanced--Creative content pack
    • Get creative with your photos by adding fun details. Choose from 150 brand-new, custom-made photo frames, photo edges and Picture Tubes
  • New--Certified for Windows Vista
    • Certified for Windows Vista software has undergone Microsoft compatibility tests for ease of use, better performance and enhanced security
  • Bonus--USB flash drive (2 GB)
    • Store and transfer your digital photos with this handy thumb drive
  • Bonus--Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4
    • Transform your photos into stunning paintings in 3 easy steps
  • Bonus--Media recovery software
    • Recover images, movies and sound files, even from reformatted memory cards

What's New

Enhanced--Camera Raw Support
For those who shoot in raw format, support for over 250 cameras has been added.

New--Background Remover
This new plug-in lets you easily change the background in your photos to create unique and exciting effects. Just cut out part of an image, remove it from the background and place it on a different setting. You can even preserve fine image details like strands of hair or smoke.

Enhanced--Creative Content Pack
Ideal for scrapbooking and other creative photo projects, this bonus pack contains 150 brand-new, custom-made photo frames, photo edges and Picture Tubes that allow you to enhance any image with fun graphics.

New--Certified for Microsoft Windows Vista
Certified for Windows Vista software has undergone Microsoft compatibility tests for ease of use, better performance and enhanced security.

Bonus--Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4
This fun program lets you turn a photo into a unique work of art in just 3 easy steps:

1. Choose a photo and the painting style you want to apply.
2. Let the Smart Stroke painting technology create a stunning painting.
3. Touch up your masterpiece by hand if desired.

Bonus--Media Recovery Software
New Media Recovery software included with Paint Shop Pro X2 Ultimate can recover images, movies and sound files from memory cards, even if they have been reformatted. It is compatible with virtually all media card formats, including SD, miniSD, microSD, CompactFlash I & II, Memory Stick, MMC, xD, SmartMedia and Micro Drive.

Bonus--USB Flash Drive
Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate comes with a 2 GB USB flash drive for storing and transferring your digital photos and files.

New--Corel MediaOne Plus (DVD Maker not included)
This fast, fun and easy photo & video software lets you turn pictures and video clips into slide shows, and create collages, calendars and album pages.

Get photos from your PC, camera or scanner automatically with Express Lab. Click to enlarge.

Easily apply artistic effects to individual layers, such as drop shadows, embossing and reflections. Click to enlarge.

Merge photos of the same scene taken at different exposures or with different brightness/contract settings to create a final image that features the full range of detail in the highlights and the shadows. Click to enlarge.

Features

View, organize and edit photos quickly

  • Rotate, resize, crop, straighten and remove red eye fast in Express Lab mode
  • Import photos automatically, including raw images
  • View thumbnails of all images on your hard drive
  • Tag photos with keywords for easy reference
  • Search for photos by filename, folder name, keyword tag, caption text or image metadata

Express Lab
This easy photo fixing mode helps you view and correct dozens of photos in the time it used to take to edit just a few. The Express Lab lets you edit photos without opening each image file individually, so your workflow runs seamlessly!

  • Get photos from your PC, camera or scanner automatically
  • Adjust photo details, such as brightness, shadows, highlights and saturation
  • Rotate, resize, crop, straighten and remove red eye
  • Retouch and restore to remove flaws

Autopreserve Originals
Automatically store a copy of your original photo when saving an edited version.

Crop to New Image
Quickly separate multiple images that you scanned at the same time. This tool automatically creates a new file from the cropped area and keeps the original scan open so you can easily separate individual image files from the group scan.

Enhanced--Camera Raw Support
Download photos from your camera to computer effortlessly, including raw image formats produced by many digital cameras. By working with these "digital negatives," you can achieve the results you want with greater artistic control and flexibility, without overwriting the original raw files.

Support for Over 50 Formats
View photos and video clips in more than 50 file formats. Easily import files and ensure accurate color quality for your images.

Share Photos Instantly
Email photos or slide shows to family and friends.

Retouch your photos like a pro

  • Retouch with unique makeover tools to look your best in photos you print or post online
  • Whiten teeth, smooth wrinkles and remove blemishes with a few clicks
  • Edit quickly with easy tools
  • Cover distractions or remove unwanted objects
  • Change the color of anything in your photo
  • Remove noise, grain or discolorations

Makeover Tools
Make sure the people in your photos look their best with tools that are fun and easy to use. Help your subjects look thinner in seconds, whiten bloodshot eyes, smooth wrinkles, paint on a tan and remove blemishes.

Smart Photo Fix
Instantly correct lighting and color problems with automated tools, or make manual corrections on your own.

Red Eye Removal
Eliminate red eye in one click or use advanced red-eye removal that even works on pets.

Color Changer
Easily change the color of objects in your digital photos, such as clothing, walls and furniture. Rather than simply replacing a color, the Color Changer detects and analyzes variations in brightness, then makes the necessary adjustments to produce a realistic effect.

Remove Digital Camera Noise
"Noise" artifacts are small specks of color that interfere with the clarity of your digital image.

  • One-Step Noise Removal--smooth photos with a single click
  • Digital Camera Noise Removal--precisely control how these same corrections are applied

Straighten Tool
Fix crooked photos taken at awkward angles.

Correct Perspective
Get rid of unwanted distortions by changing perspective.

Repair Damaged Photos
Restore old, damaged photos by removing scratches and fading.

Remove Distracting Objects
Improve photos by covering up unwanted background objects, such as lamp posts, trees and buildings.

Enhance with professional tools

  • Combine exposures to get full details in highlights and shadows
  • Simulate black & white film or convert to sepia
  • Adjust levels, curves or histogram settings
  • Fix brightness, color, contrast, saturation and sharpness
  • Experiment with more advanced editing tools by fine-tuning details on your own

HDR Photo Merge
Merge photos of the same scene taken at different exposures or with different brightness/contract settings to create a final image that features the full range of detail in the highlights and the shadows.

Enhanced--Black & White Photos
Create dynamic black & white images by simulating the look of taking photos using a colored lens filter.

Layers and Adjustment Layers
Maintain image quality when applying changes to color or tone. Edit photos with precision by adding multiple adjustment layers to test various color corrections or to see how corrections look when they're combined.

Adjust Levels & Curves
Change photo exposure using advanced features, including Levels, Curves or Histogram Adjustment tools.

Sharpen Out-of-Focus Pictures
Turn fuzzy photos into crisp images, without compressing or degrading the quality of the image.

Fix Lens Distortions
Easily remove fish-eye, barrel and other lens distortions.

Depth of Field Effect
Draw attention to a specific area of an image. Depth of Field applies focus to a region of your photo while applying an out-of-focus blur to the rest of the image. This allows you to create an effect in seconds that usually requires precise manual lens aperture adjustments.

Professional-Level Options
Work with a variety of advanced features, including 16-bits-per-channel editing, color management settings and raw file conversion.

Visible Watermarks
Take credit for your photos by easily adding a visible watermark to label your work.

Create and share one-of-a-kind photo projects

  • Give photos a unique look with vintage and artistic effects
  • Simulate the look of film using vivid, glamour and vibrant foliage filters
  • Decorate your favorite photos with Picture Frames and Picture Tubes
  • Use layers to add drop shadows, glows, reflections and embossing to your images
  • Design scrapbook pages, cards and collages to share with friends and family

Layer Styles
Easily apply artistic effects to individual layers, such as drop shadows, embossing and reflections.

Picture Tubes
Decorate your photos with 30 new sets of professionally designed artistic elements. A longtime user favorite, this tool lets you paint on photos with readymade art that features a variety of themes. For example, add butterflies and beetles to a picnic setting or fill an aquarium with fish.

Picture Frames and Photo Edges
Easily add eye-catching final touches to your images with 20 new Picture Frames. A variety of styles and the ability to edit give you more creative possibilities.

Time Machine
Go back in time and give photos a retro look using effects that replicate the unique appearance of photos taken in the 1800s, 1950s and other points in history.

Black & White Photos
Easily covert your color photos to black & white, mimic infrared film or add a touch of class by making them sepia-toned.

Special Film Effects
Produce interesting, eye-catching photos with a range of effects inspired by classic film and filter types. Simulate the unique look of slide or portrait film, mimic the effect of using color filters on your camera lens, or apply a Film Look to model the effect of using different types of film in a traditional camera.

Captions
Add shapes or words to your photos to add creativity, raise impact, or note important dates and events.

Enhanced--Creative Content Pack
This bonus pack contains 150 brand-new, custom-made photo frames, photo edges and Picture Tubes that allow you to brighten up any image with fun graphics.

Features:
  • Support for over 250 cameras has been added for those who shoot in the raw format
  • New Media Recovery software is included and can recover images, movies and sound files from memory cards, including SD, miniSD, microSD, CompactFlash I & II, Memory Stick, MMC, xD, SmartMedia and Micro Drive, even if they have been reformatted
  • Includes a 2 GB USB flash drive for storing and transferring your digital photos and files
  • Express Lab--this easy photo fixing mode helps you view and correct dozens of photos in the time it used to take to edit just a few by letting you edit photos without opening each image file individually
  • Red Eye Removal--Eliminate red eye in one click or use advanced red-eye removal that even works on pets

Customer Reviews:

  • Excellent
    I had Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 and loved it, this just gave me more picture tools and a little more extras. I recommend this product...more info
  • Corel PSP Photo X2 Ultimate
    Great product....actually compatible w/ VISTA systems. Not the easiest program 2 work with, but well worth learning....more info
  • Nonfunctioning soft ware
    I have not been able to get the serial number from Corel to install my photo software. Have made 3 or 4 attempts. Very frustrating. Don't know what to do....more info
  • Corel - Bonus Pack only $20 value not $200
    I owned previous versions of this program and I feel ripped off on this one. Corel is not JASC. When JASC owned the program you felt that you got a nice program at a good price - they even sent out a news letter with free picture tubes, frames and tips. Now I feel ripped off. Corel advertised that you get a "Over $200 Value" if you purchased the ultimate version. Not true. The USB drive is cheap plastic, You get a trial version of Painter Essentials 4 - The upgrade is 35.00 + shipping. The Media Recovery Software you can download from the web for free. A Background Remover is included in most other photo programs for free and the Creative Content Pack is junk. You might like them if your five. I think they took the ones no one wanted and put them with this package - you have to download them on install, they're not on the disk. The last version I was happy with was JASC Version 8, it was great, but It didn't operate on Vista so I thought I would upgrade after my PC died. As to the Corel program it is a little different. Some of the features are nice but the dark interface is terrible I have large monitor and It's still hard on the eyes luckily it can be changed to the lighter interface through the view menu. Overall I haven't noticed that much new or useful for me. I wish I hadn't bought this package because it doesn't have the quality or customer service it use to have. I'm changing to Serif's PhotoPlus - it has similar features and if you need help they don't charge you to ask a question or more. Corel charges $15 and of course there is no money back guarantee. ...more info
  • Extremely difficult to install and get running
    This is an extremely difficult product to install. Painter Photo Essentials 4, which is included, is even worse and not compatible with Norton Internet Security. Running it will freeze your system. I've spent weeks trouble shooting the install and as a result have not even tried to use Paint Shop Pro Photo. Corel technical support is not aware of the problem and offers no solutions. Be prepared for hours of systems freezes and an unusable product....more info
  • Corel PSP X2 Ultimate Review
    Overall this is one of the best photo editing softwares I've ever used. It takes a little bit to get used to the arrangement but after a few times goofing around with it it becomes very user friendly....more info
  • Unsatifactory Service!!!!
    It is now well over a month and still I have not received the product!! It qualified for free shipping, but I needed sooner so I paid Amazon extra $$ for expedited shipping and never received anything. I requested a refund and Amazon sent return postage tag, yet I still have NO merchandise to affix it to?
    This is very poor service on Amazons behalf. I do not think I will EVER purchase from them again!!
    BUYER BEWARE OF AMAZON!
    ...more info
  • corel products are trash compared to Microsoft PictureIt
    Corel gives meaning to the phrase "user unfriendly". Just try to figure out how to take a photo that is one half of a scene, a photo that is the other half of the scene, and merge them together so that you can't tell they were two separate photos. This is important when taking photos with a microscope when the field of view is limited. With Microsoft PictureIt, doing this sort of thing is easy. Corel has pull-down items such as "raster" and so on. People who want to use photo-editing products seldom know what these terms mean and there is no reason that they should have to go looking it up somewhere. It is the JOB of the product to make these things easy to do. In sum, COREL is terrible and they are arrogant and insulting on the telephone when you complain. Just mention their competitor's name and see what happens! I just now came from another of the numerous crashes and/or hangups that COREL specializes in. Get used to "You chose to end the unresponsive program...", because when you're in the middle of using COREL, it is likely to happen sooner or later and often enough. The programmers don't know what they are doing....more info
  • Cheap PhotoShop
    I have used a former version of this product. This new one is worth the money. It will not do all the things that PhotoShop will do, but it works fine for fast fixes that I often use for customer proofs. I'm happy with this product....more info
  • Better Than the Number One
    I have been negligent in reviewing the Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate image editing program because I wanted to be sure about what I suspected when I began using it a couple of months ago. "This program is better in many ways and cheaper than the top rated Adobe Photoshop Elements version 7."

    I was reluctant to believe that hunch at first. I have both programs installed on a VISTA laptop. Both installed easily and without problem. Both function perfectly without any of the crashing and buggy performance described by other reviewers. I have been using the two programs interchangeably for awhile and eventually noticed that I was opening and using the Corel Paint Shop Pro program more often than the Adobe software. That was the prompt that I needed to offer this review, but my observations do not intend to say the Adobe Photoshop Elements program is necessarily inferior--I simply prefer the Corel software and find it less complicated to use. I will attempt to tell you why.

    First, the Corel home screen is easier to see. I found the Adobe Photoshop Elements screen sort of dark and foreboding. The two screens are similar in how the toolbars and menu items are arranged, but not all that much alike in how they are applied. I think the Corel program is more intuitive and logical than the Adobe system.

    Both programs have all of the usual features like red eye removal, cropping, brightness adjustments and cloning. These are mostly straight forward, but the Corel program strikes me as less complicated in these areas than the Adobe.

    I should admit at the onset--I have yet to master the "Layers" functions in either program. Be that as it may, I am pretty familiar with the rest of the tasks offered by both programs.

    Adding images to the organizer pallet at the bottom of the main Corel window is a snap. The "saving as a copy" option in the Corel program is very helpful. Image color adjustments can be made in a number of ways in both programs, but Corel Paint Shop offers better options for changing hue, saturation and texture. I was happy to find how easily edits can be reversed with undo opportunities along the way. The image straightening and adjusting perspective features are worthy of note as is the skin smoothing and tooth whitening options. There is even an option in the Corel program to make a person appear thinner. I never thought I would use that tooth whitening thing, but I have.

    I found the Corel feature called "Browse effects" to be particularly useful because it brings up a familiar outline style listing of everything the program does all in one place. One doesn't need to click around on various icons and menu items in order to find the function desired. Clicking through this "Browse effects" list brings up thumbnails that illustrate the choices involved. One could almost use this feature and ignore the array of icons and menus situated around the main window.

    I have used the Corel "time machine" function a few times to give vintage appearances to certain photos and find it to be fun if nothing else. The same is true for the frames and distort features along several other artistic effect functions that I doubt most people would use very often. The reason I mention these options is to point out the presence of several functions that are really just amusing to use and probably not essential to serious photo editing.

    The ability to adjust the appearance of the home window in the Corel program is appreciated, but I have not messed with that at all. I like the looks of it as is.

    The only thing I find troublesome I also find troublesome in both programs. I can't figure out how to create and burn a slide show onto a DVD. It appears that both Corel and Adobe require buying an additional program to accomplish this. Oh, one more thing--adjusting the "layers" in an image may have been included in both programs as a means to humble the user. Just kidding...

    If you are trying to decide which program to buy and think the Adobe Photo Shop Elements program is definitely number one you should certainly consider the Corel alternative. I would recommend you buy the Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate instead of the Adobe Photoshop Elements program Version 7 not because they are so different in what they do, but because they are so similar in almost everything else except the price and ease of use. The Corel Paint Shop software is easier to figure out and it is significantly less costly than the Adobe program. Then of course there is the matter of how I found myself using the Corel program more often than the Adobe program. I think that says something.

    ...more info
  • Can't Read Canon T1i Raw
    PSPX2 Ultimate works fine on Vista and is quick and easy to run. Problem is that it won't read RAW data from my Canon T1i. Corel tech support responded to my query by agreeing that the T1i is not supported, but wouldn't give me any info on a forthcoming patch. Good program -- but not if it can't read your files. Bad tech support system. You send a question, they send an answer, you respond to their answer, and your response is bounced back....more info
  • Everything you need
    I uses Photoshop CS 2 before and while this is a phantastic software for editing pictures, it was really shooting birds with canons.
    The most pictures I make these days fall in the category of family snapshots, with the occasional landscape and some other documentary photos.
    So I was looking for a more simple solution with more automation / with three kids, you just don't have the time anymore to individually tweak every photo to the max in PS. And with my wife discovering the joy of taking pictures of our kids, the picture count for this year is slightly below 3000.
    X2 Ultimate has everything that I need - a quick fix button for my wife, a somewhat more elaborate but still simple tweaking capability for me and if I really need it, it also has basically the same functionalities built in as PS, when you delve deeper into the menus.
    It also has a decent photo viewer and comes will all kinds of bells and whistles that I haven't tried out so far (like the background removal tool, the HDR fuction etc.).
    The worklflow might not be as refined as with PS and Lightroom, but for my basic and simple needs it is a perfect fit.
    The learning curve is practically non-existent if you already have some experience with other photo editing software. And it runs very fast even on my old XP machine with 1GB RAM.
    I used the ancestors of this software way back in the early 90s, before I became a serious photographer and updated to the big gun PS. Now that I have reverted back to being a snapshooter again, X2 Ultimate is the BB Gun I need to shoot my birds. :)...more info
  • Great software
    It is amazing what you can do with this software. I have yet to learn everything you can do with it, but have used many of the basic functions to edit pictures and have found it easy to use. I would recommend this software....more info
  • photo
    lots of information in this product. I have not taken time to learn it all but the quick fix works well. Also liked picking a part of a photo to focus while fading out the rest of the photo. Fun...more info
  • excellent
    Excellent. Stands as a reasonable alternative to Adobe Photoshop. A decendent of Micrographic. Does things that I am not sure if photoshop does, such as perspective correction....more info
  • Learn how to edit your registry!
    Corel has taken a very good product, Paint Shop Pro, and turned it into junk that won't run or even let you remove it without manually terminating the processes it runs in the background. After it seemed to run fine, on day 32 (possibly 31, as it wasn't run that day) it ceased to operate at all. This was a fully licensed copy, not a trial. So their return system won't even respond since it's over 30 days old - good timer they have.
    Unless you want some practice editing your registry to remove all of the corel crap, don't buy this turkey....more info
  • Great Product, Difficult Install
    This is a great product, especially for folks on a budget. I use Photoshop at work; I'm finding that Paint Shop Pro Ultimate Photo X2 does lots of the things that Numero Uno does - and I have just begun exploring it!

    A caveat, however: The install can be a bear, especially for someone who does not want to mess with a computer's inner workings. The install hung several times, even after I had updated my video card driver and software, which took quite some time (70+ MB download). (Also, don't forget to turn off your antivirus software when you do any upgrades or install the program.)

    I give this one three stars, only because of the install problems. Otherwise I would have given it five stars ...more info