Getting Started with PaintShop Pro

Getting Started with PaintShop Pro

Get started on your photo editing journey with this short overview tutorial that will introduce you to the PaintShop Pro interface and most-used tools. Explore the Welcome tab, where you will find helpful tutorials to guide you, an image gallery to inspire you, and a collection of free and premium templates, plugins and other creative content. We will review the Tools toolbar and give you a quick demonstration of how to use the most common photo editing tools for cropping and resizing your images, working with colors and selections, adding text and more.

Want to learn more? Browse through our collection of PaintShop Pro tutorials for beginners for more detailed instructions on how to use each of the tools covered in this overview video.

Thanks for watching! We hope you found this tutorial helpful and we would love to hear your feedback in the Comments section below. And don’t forget to visit our social media pages and show us what you’ve learned by sharing your photos, videos and creative projects with us.

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Comments (28)

  • Liz F Roberts Reply

    No matter what I do version 9 will not let me save a file. I have tried to save to different folders using different file extensions to no avail. I get different error messages each time. I cannot export either.

    February 13, 2019 at 11:50 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Liz,

      Unfortunately PSP X9 is no longer a supported product, and our technicians would be unable to assist with this. We would suggest taking a look at the Knowledgebase, where we keep the solutions to many previously resolved issues, or the User Forums to see if anyone in the community has had a similar problem and resolved it.

      Hope this helps!
      Discovery Center Team

      February 16, 2019 at 11:50 am
  • pjdaly45 Reply

    Totally new to this or any other editing program. Try not to laugh but, how do I import my photos (on my local HD, into PSP 2019 Ultimate.

    January 8, 2019 at 9:40 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello pjdaly,

      Not a problem! You can import files from the file manager palette on the left side of the Manage workspace. We also have a tutorial on the manage workspace which you may find helpful!

      Discovery Center Team

      January 12, 2019 at 12:10 am
  • Barbara Runyon Reply

    I am new to PSP 9. is there any way I can transfer all my folders from PSP 8 to PSP 9???

    December 14, 2018 at 11:37 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Barbara,

      You tell the new version of PaintShop where your old folders are from the File > File Locations > Add function! Just add the PSP 8 folders for your tubes, templates, and whatever other content you want PSP 9 to see, and PSP 9 will look there for content as well as in its own folders.

      Or if you prefer, you can use the File > File Locations menu to find out where PSP 9’s folders are, and then it’s just a matter of copying and pasting your content from PSP 8’s folders over to PSP 9’s folders.

      Hope this helps,
      Discovery Center Team

      December 18, 2018 at 11:05 pm
  • Alan Dooley Reply

    I have used PSP9 for sometime, and when I upgraded to PSP2018, I was surprised to see there is no longer a “save as” item on the files list. Instead, it is now a graphic for save or save as, on top. Can we get the older interface in the newer versions of PSP. We who have used the older ways are sorta “lost!”

    December 5, 2018 at 4:21 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Alan,

      Sounds like you may be in the Essentials workspace! This is a simplified workspace designed primarily for users newer to photoediting. To bring back all the tools and options, navigate to File > Workspace and select Complete. This will switch your interface to the Complete workspace, which will include the File Locations menu option.

      Hope this helps,
      Discovery Center Team

      December 6, 2018 at 12:50 pm
  • Frank Maguire Reply

    Video ok. But a bit hard to read. Cheers Frank Maguire.

    November 18, 2018 at 1:44 am
  • Eddy Vandenberghe Reply

    I just purchased Paintshop Pro 2019 3 days ago, and I am in the process of switching from ±25 years of Photoshop to PSP. So I am very delighted to find these instruction videos of which this is the first one I watched. I know you can’t change this anymore for the already made videos but please…slow down in your talking and flying all over the screen. Everybody who watch these videos are not (yet) familiar with PSP (as I am) and and less speedy wil make things easyer to follow. English is not my native tongue and so I have to listen to wath you say, translate it in real time and at the same time have to try to watch what is going on on the screen, and that is a whole lot at the same time. Especialy for the older onces like I am. Maybe for future videos this can be taken in account.
    Question: as I am new to PSP I have to go true all the manual/help files and this takes time. One thing that I am eager to find out is if there is the possibility of copiyng parts of an image and then “paste on location” (I think it’s called in English-because my menus are in Dutch). What it does is paste the selected part of one image on the exact position on a second (same) image without having to try to get it in the right place with the pan tool. Understand what I mean?
    After seeing this first video I already discovered a few thing thools/things that seem to be easyer to work with than in PS. So I am anxious to explore PSP 2019!
    Thanks in advance on a reply on my little question.
    Best Reagrds, Eddy

    November 17, 2018 at 2:46 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Eddy,

      Thank you for getting in touch! PaintShop Pro does not currently have a Paste on Location feature as you describe. Thank you for the suggestion however! We can see how that could be a useful tool, and have passed on your comment to the PaintShop team for their consideration.

      Discovery Center Team

      November 21, 2018 at 11:01 pm
      • Bob Taylor Reply

        ‘lo Adam
        I’m just trying to get to grips with PSP after downloading your trial.
        I thought a good way to start was to watch the Getting Started with PaintShop Pro video.
        Wow, it wasn’t long before I was completely lost. The Tutor was way too fast in his delivery and I just couldn’t keep up.
        Looking through the correspondence I spotted this thread and would like to reinforce Eddy’s comments with my agreement.
        You didn’t respond to this comment from Eddy, maybe you could now.


        January 25, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Alf Kristensen Kristensen Reply

    In early versions could I stretch things, To get things vider or longer.

    Could this be done in this versions also?

    October 15, 2018 at 10:55 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Alf,

      You can! As before, just use the Selection tools to highlight the object, layer, or region you wish to manipulate, then use the Grab tool to rotate, reposition, stretch, and otherwise manipulate your selection.

      Discovery Center Team

      October 15, 2018 at 11:00 pm
  • Elizabeth Barrow Reply

    I used to be able to use the freehand selection tool to create straight-line selections of any shape. Now it only does irregular lines, which I don’t want. I can’t use any autoselect options, because I want to do a straight line selection across a field of one color. Is the straight line really gone??? I used to use it all the time.

    September 2, 2018 at 11:54 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Elizabeth,

      In PaintShop Pro 2019, there are a few options for the Lasso tool! With the Lasso active, check the top context menu for “Selection type”. In here, you will find Edge Seeker (sounds like that is what you have it set to now), Freehand, Point to point, and Smart Edge.

      Hope this helps!
      Discovery Center Team

      September 7, 2018 at 12:45 am
  • Betty Cutler Reply

    I just bought my Roxio Creator 6 thinking it was the latest version, why do I get messages saying my software is not the current one? My container does indicate that it contains PaintShop Pro X9. Please explain.

    February 14, 2018 at 3:30 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Betty,

      Roxio Creator NXT 6 is the current version of the Roxio Creator suite! PaintShop Pro is a separate program which is bundled with the Pro edition of Creator NXT. The version currently included with Creator NXT 6 is PaintShop Pro X9. While a new version (PaintShop Pro 2018) has been released more recently, You can of course still use PaintShop Pro X9 for your photo editing needs, it is still supported, and is a powerful and easy to use program in its own right.

      Hope this helps!
      Discovery Center Team

      February 14, 2018 at 7:14 pm
  • Edward Reply

    Is there a way to disable the captions at the bottom of the screen? I am not hearing-impaired and they cover up some of what is trying to be shown. Thanks for your reply.

    November 3, 2017 at 6:26 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Edward,

      This video was created prior to moving our videos to a service which allows separate captions (youtube), and so the captions are a part of the video file. We have forwarded your suggestion for a caption-free base video in this tutorial to the team for their consideration.

      All the best,
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      November 14, 2017 at 8:20 pm
  • Richard Murphy Reply

    I just bought the latest version of PSP X9 today, 6/30/2017, yet in what I understand is an intro, prior to the tutorials, I see where it is asking if I want a free trial. How can I tell if I have what I paid or or if a have a trial version? I have NOT had to enter the 29 digit password code (32 digits including dashes) so far, so I am wondering what I actually have. Invoice BKD-73618299 Reference #114880142.

    June 30, 2017 at 3:46 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Richard,

      If you are currently running the trial version of PaintShop Pro X9 and it has not yet expired, it will not request your serial number.

      If you would like to activate it before the trial expires, simply launch PSPX9, and then immediately close it.
      You will get a popup which states the number of days remaining in your trial, and has a button labelled “Already Purchased?” in the lower left corner.
      Click on that button, enter your serial number, click Connect, and your PaintShop Pro license will activate!

      All the best,
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      July 5, 2017 at 12:20 am
  • valia Reply

    It would be helpful to have a series of short video clips created from this tutorial. It moves very fast, and even with stopping and starting and backing up, it’s easy to miss things. The full video would make a great introduction and review.

    May 14, 2017 at 3:20 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Valia,

      Thank you for the feedback! We are always looking for ways to improve our content and make it more accessible. We have passed your contents on to our design team for their consideration.

      All the best,
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      May 22, 2017 at 5:01 pm
  • Philip Mishler Reply

    A lot of information is provided, but the cursor flits around quite a bit between comments.
    I found nothing unique to version X9

    August 22, 2016 at 5:17 pm
  • Patsy Hodgkinson Reply

    How refreshing to get a tutorial with an English voice – there is a lot there so will have to come back and watch & listen a little at a time. Like the voice and text together makes it easier to keep up and follow the process.

    August 18, 2016 at 6:54 am
    • Paul Louis Mosley Reply

      I agree with Patsy 100% ~~

      August 18, 2016 at 7:53 pm
      • Roy Chávez Reply

        Correct, it’s a right way to memorize the tutorial.

        August 22, 2017 at 3:42 pm

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