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 (16)

  • 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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