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Taking photos is lots of fun, but to get the exact look you want, taking the images right off the camera is often not enough. Corel’s PaintShop Pro X4 is a robust photo editor aimed at both beginners and DSLR enthusiasts. It lets you manage your photos, adjust them, and edit them, all in a friendly interface that supports dual monitors right out of the box (but doesn’t require them).

This week, we’re giving away 25 free copies of PaintShop Pro X4 worth $2475 in total! Let’s take a quick stroll through some of its features!

Managing Your Photos

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The image above is a bit small, but you can still see what the Manage view looks like. It lets you browse your system for photos, and add them to a tray for later editing. The Manage view features a tabbed interface, letting you work with several trays in parallel:

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This screenshot also shows the Adjust and Edit tabs at the top of the window.

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Adjusting Images

Once you’ve selected the images you want to work with, you can switch to the next step in the workflow by clicking the Adjust tab. Here’s a general view of what it looks like (we’ll be zooming in on the different parts in a moment):

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At the bottom of the window you can see the tray, and at the top is the image you’re currently adjusting. You can also drag the try down to reduce its size, or even hide it completely. Now, let’s look at the toolbar:

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The top of the toolbar shows a histogram of the current photo, as well as the camera settings in which it was taken. At the bottom are some simple settings you can adjust, as well as a “magic button” for suggesting ideal values. But in the buttons in the middle provide some interesting functionality; specifically, let’s look at the Makeover Tool:

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This opens up several other tools, such as the “Toothbrush” tool for brightening teeth, the “Suntan” tool for improving skin tone, and others. Here you really start making changes to your photo, but don’t worry: By default, PaintShop Pro preserves an original copy of your photo (and of course, you can always undo your editing operations while you work):

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Once you’re happy with your adjustments, it’s time to move on to the next step:

Editing Images

The third and final tab in the PaintShop Pro workflow is called Edit, and its interface looks like this:

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There’s a lot to see here; let me take you on a quick tour of just a couple of its features. First is the awesome Time Machine:

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I absolutely love this feature. At the bottom you see a timeline of photographic history, extending from 1839 all the way to 1980. Each thumbnail represents the typical look of photos from that era, and each even comes with a lovely explanation of the look’s history. The preview image updates as you select each look, and you can also control its intensity.

The last feature I will be showing is maybe the most important one: the Learning Center. One of the biggest challenges with most image editors is mastering them. PaintShop’s Learning Center helps you find the functions you need amidst the sea of options. It looks like this:

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As you select each item, you don’t get a text document explaining it (although there is very good documentation); instead, you get the tool itself, ready to use.

PaintShop Pro is a huge product, and this isn’t even scratching the surface of what it can do. I hope I’ve managed to whet your appetite – if you have a passion for photography, this is one application you should definitely check out!

We’re giving 25 copies of Corel PaintShop Pro this week! Here’s how you can get your hands on a free copy.

How do I win a copy?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

Please fill in the form with your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. Click here if you can’t view the form.

The giveaway code required to activate the form is available from our Facebook page.

The giveaway is over. Here are the winners:

Praksh pathak
Stacy Skubinna
Bob Singletary
Framton Goodman
Maryann H. Cannizzaro
clement steadman
Jerry Ireland
Chris Patton
Ravi Meena
James Radford
Nicole Singleton
Sharri Livings
Michaela
Shane Bailey
Egon Olsen
ccgodawa@yahoo.ca
Linden deCarmo
tony sahu
nonja
Bob
Barbara Brooke-Reese
Victor
Ted
K Baker
Jeffrey Betts

Step 2: Share!

You’re almost done. Now, all that’s left to do is to share the post. There are 2 options to choose from or you can do both!

Like it on Facebook

Or share it on Twitter

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, December 16th. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

Interested in sponsoring a giveaway? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

  1. Framton
    December 15, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I use an older version of Paintshop and can't afford the latest one. This would be great!

  2. allin77
    December 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Incredible program. I need it for editing digital photography.
    Thanks for this chance.
    https://twitter.com/#!/allin77/status/147451959564189696

  3. Cliff
    December 15, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Great prize.

  4. Pyrexe
    December 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Great Giveaway.  Thank you for the chance to participate.

  5. Nuyear1975
    December 14, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Awesome giveaway! I would love to win this software, I take a ton of photos and I do digital scarpbooking and never have really cool photos to use in them. I would love to be able to edit photos and have attractive looking scrap pages using Paintshop Pro X4! I do not own any photo editing software because I am always so confused by what to purchase and what is easy to use, this software would be perfect for me!

  6. CathyH
    December 14, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Nice, thanks for the review and contest!

  7. Karthik
    December 14, 2011 at 5:18 am

    thanks

  8. Anonymous
    December 13, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    OK - what am I missing? I went to FB, no code, just a link back here :-( I could really use this, so where do I find the code???

    • Velomac
      December 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      On the left hand sidebar there is a link "Giveaway Codes" https://www.facebook.com/makeuseof?sk=app_171513306241558 . Follow the link to an image with the code word.

  9. Bettyorso
    December 13, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Hope this will be my Christmas present!!

  10. Bettyorso
    December 13, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Love it!!

  11. Bettyorso
    December 13, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Great giveaway!!  Betty Orso

  12. John D
    December 13, 2011 at 7:09 am
  13. berni42
    December 13, 2011 at 1:37 am
  14. Fibroman
    December 13, 2011 at 1:31 am

    I'm in !!
    Good luck to all !!

  15. compservice7@rambler.ru
    December 13, 2011 at 12:35 am
  16. Emt_32
    December 12, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Nice giveaway
    thanks.

  17. Adam Wampir
    December 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Miroslav
    December 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Yuhoooooo!!! :))

  19. Hboy02
    December 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. This would go great with my VideoStudio 4.

    http://twitter.com/#!/NOKNOT01/status/146335021064658945

  20. Schmulschubiak
    December 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm
  21. Tuiruru
    December 12, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Yey!! It would make a great "Mid Winter Festival" present 

  22. InFive Gordon
    December 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

    My favorite company
    Ulead
    , after merged - Corel  ... participate in the giveaway ... thank you ...
    https://twitter.com/#!/InFiveG/status/146313369425682432
    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=256616084397696&id=100001479207925

    • Aibek
      December 13, 2011 at 5:56 am

      Àpprove

  23. Dyeunice
    December 12, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Corel PaintShop Pro X4 Is on our Christmas Wish List.  So please Santa visit my computer with some good news.

  24. Stéphane M
    December 12, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Very nice giveaway!! Thanks.

  25. Chandrasekhar Yechuri
    December 12, 2011 at 10:26 am

    why only FB? why not from G+???

  26. Cnsmithn
    December 12, 2011 at 10:10 am

    yeh I think this would be a great Christmas gift, so well see since I haven't won anything yet from here. LOL

  27. Noligula
    December 12, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Wow nice

  28. Naits
    December 12, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Thank you!

  29. malkhaz
    December 12, 2011 at 9:49 am
  30. Arlene Gregory
    December 12, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Another great opportunity... 

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