On behalf of the Corel Photo team, I’m excited to announce the latest update to PaintShop Pro—PaintShop Pro X8.1.
With this update, the team focused on improving the overall PaintShop Pro experience, making a variety of improvements in response to your feedback since the launch of PSPX8 in August, and adding some exciting new features that we think will help deliver a better overall PaintShop Pro.
First, please allow me to thank all of you who’ve been kind enough to contribute your thoughts and ideas with us. Whether it was a comment here on the blog; a message in our user-to-user forum; or a post on social media, our team has been listening and we’re working to integrate your suggestions and advice as we continue to improve PaintShop Pro.
Get Started Faster, Learn New Skills
While we get a lot of feedback from long-time users of PaintShop Pro, we hear a lot of requests for training and help information from new users as well. An increasing number of photographers, designers and marketers are turning to PaintShop Pro in response to Creative Cloud subscriptions, and regardless of where new users are coming from, we are keen to help them quickly become successful with PaintShop Pro.
One of the first things you’ll notice in the new PaintShop Pro X8.1 is the new Welcome Guide that greets you each time you fire up PaintShop Pro X8.
The Welcome Guide’s Learn tab introduces you to PaintShop Pro, providing you with a variety of free and premium video tips and tutorials to help you get a project started quickly and easily.
And we’ll be bringing you more than just the basics, too. My favorite part of the new in-app content delivery system is that everything is 100% dynamic. That means our team can switch elements out or add new ones, so you won’t get stuck with the same introductory videos every time the guide opens up.
Expect to find new tips and tricks based on community requests along with content inspired by trending photography and design techniques. Picking up the new or additional editing and design skills with PaintShop Pro has never been easier!
Discover New Corel Enhancements & Add-Ons
In addition to providing learning content, the new Welcome Guide also offers a Get More tab, which introduces you to exciting add-ons that will enhance and complement your PaintShop Pro experience.
Whether they’re full add-on applications like AfterShot Pro 2 to help beef-up your RAW workflow, plug-ins like ParticleShop to leverage the latest in particle brush technology, or content you can use directly within PaintShop Pro like one-click instant effects, we want to make getting the tools you need as easy as possible. You’ll see a growing number of free and premium items in the Welcome book in the months ahead.
In addition to the Get More tab, you’ll also find add-ons in a few other places within PaintShop Pro. Content and apps can now be provided at point-of-use using new Dynamic Content Trays. These new trays have been placed in locations around the app where you might find additional content or tools helpful. For example, are you working with different brushes and looking for some new tips? Just click on the brush drop-list, hover your pointer over one of the new add-ons and discover more about the specific brush or brush pack. Most dynamic content trays are easily hidden or shown according to your needs and tastes—keep watching these trays in the future as we roll out new tools and content.
Ongoing Performance Improvements
As images continue to grow in size (our friends over at Canon just released a camera that captures a whopping 50 megapixels – that’s roughly 8700×5800 pixels in size!), brushes have also had to get bigger. But larger brushes need more processing power and this can really impact performance—so, in X8.1, we’ve significantly enhanced brush speeds to make them as much as 4x faster.
Brushes like the Paintbrush, Texture Mask, Dodge/Burn, Clone and several others have seen average improvement of 2x faster than before, with some brushes getting boosts of up to 4x faster!
And, as PSP users have come to expect, this update also focuses on fixes for bugs, many of which have been sourced from our user community. X8.1 includes fixes for more than 100 issues.
- Burn brush enhancements to correct edge results
- Improvements to text-wrapping feature, including fixes to alignment
- Changes to Organizer Palette, restoring drag-and-drop functionality
- Updates to Adjust Workspace to set Save As preferences once per session; and many more.
Download the PaintShop Pro X8.1 Update Today
The new PaintShop Pro X8.1 update is available now from our Updates page and you should receive an in-program notification shortly.
Is there something you’d like to see added in an upcoming update? We want to know about it. Tell us in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to share your ideas with our development team!