Some other features are also either not fully implemented, or don’t work quite as well as one might hope. The one-touch digital camera noise removal function proved to be largely ineffective on high-ISO images, producing only a marginal improvement in noisy images. Additionally PSP X2 can now handle 16-bit image files, but only in a limited manner, and without full 16-bit editing. However to be fair, Paint Shop Pro is not intended for the kind of imaging professional that is likely to need 16-bit editing. That person will undoubtedly use Adobe Photoshop instead, which does support full 16-bit editing.
Of course this brings us to Paint Shop Pro’s main feature; its price. The latest version of Adobe Photoshop will cost you anywhere from £500 to £600 depending on where you get it, which is expensive by any standard. However you can buy Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 for around £70, or £80 direct from Corel via the company’s website. Considering that the average home user will probably never use the advanced features that set Photoshop apart, and that Paint Shop Pro does everything you could feasibly want and does it well, it really does look like a much more sensible option for amateur and even semi-pro digital photographers.
Corel Paint Shop Pro keeps getting better and better, and with the launch of Photo X2 it is now a very close second to the vastly more expensive Adobe Photoshop. It has a large range of advanced features, an attractive and easy-to-follow interface and installs and runs smoothly on medium-spec PCs. Unless you need full 16-bit editing it really is a much better choice.
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