Corel Unveils PaintShop Pro X7 with Content-Aware and More New Tools

Corel PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate

Corel has released PaintShop Pro X7 and PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate with several new enhancements designed to help the program compete with the professional-grade editing prowess of Photoshop.

Notably, PaintShop Pro X7 adds a new Magic Fill tool that provides content-aware editing in a manner similar to what we experience in Photoshop. Check out the rest of the new features and redesigned tools from Corel’s summary below.

  • New! Make it vanish with Magic Fill: The new Magic Fill provides content-aware editing that works with your favorite selection tools. Erase an unwanted element in your photo and seamlessly replace it with content that matches the background area—even if it’s textured or varied.
  • Improved! 30% faster brush performance: Enjoy more responsive brushes, including the Paint Brush, Airbrush and photo retouching brushes that are up to 30% faster. Plus, 64-bit power means you can achieve results quickly.
  • New! Text and Shape Cutter tools: Instantly create a unique photo object by using text or shapes to clip underlying photos or imagery. Paste or drag the resulting photo object to any image to build a collage. More than professional-quality photo editing, PaintShop Pro X7 is also a powerful design program for any visual project.
  • New! Materials Palette featuring Color Harmonies: Find the color, texture or pattern you want more quickly. Easily sample colors with a Dropper tool and create your own custom palettes to keep track of your favorite color combinations. New in the Materials Properties, Color Harmonies help you create a custom palette for your creative projects. Select one of the preset color harmony settings to see color suggestions and choose colors that look great together.
  • Enhanced! Popular effects are easier to use: Enjoy easier photo editing with a redesign of our most popular tools, including Selective Focus, Vignette, Retro Labs, Graduated filters, Depth of Field, Smart Photo Fix, Red Eye Removal and Digital Noise Removal.
  • New! New image dialog: Get started quickly by simply clicking File, New Image, choosing your desired project dimensions and making your customizations. Choose from common canvas sizes for photos, print, web, graphics, multimedia and more.
  • New! Smart Edge: Now it’s easier to keep your brush strokes “inside the lines” when painting and drawing around objects.
  • Enhanced! Streamlined Layer workflow: PaintShop Pro X7 gives you even more control over your layers by letting you drag a layer from one image to another and drop it between or above a specific layer in the Layers palette.
  • New! Support for XMP: PaintShop Pro now reads and imports data saved in XMP files, making it easy to exchange files and work with other photo management applications like Corel AfterShot™ Pro.

PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate adds three key features for a $20 premium over the standard PaintShop Pro X7 version:

  • Perfectly Clear by Athentech Imaging: award-winning intelligent photo correction
  • Reallusion FaceFilter3 Standard: versatile photo retouching for beautiful portraits
  • Creative collection: dozens of brushes, textures and over 100 royalty-free backgrounds

Corel PaintShop Pro X7 retails for $79.99 and is available here at B&H Photo.

Corel PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate retails for $99.99 and is available here at B&H Photo.

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