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Professional Imaging Tools

(June 2011) posted on Tue Jun 07, 2011

Software for image editing, manipulation, and illustration.

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Some of the key new features in X5 include: Corel Connect, a full-screen browser that allows the user to peruse the software’s digital content as well as search the computer, local network, and external storage devices for images (browse by category, keyword, etc.); PowerTrace, for converting bitmaps into editable vector graphics; Pixels view, which allows the user to create drawings in actual pixel units; Photo Effects, including Vibrance, Grayscale, and Photo Filter; Document/Image palettes, providing automatic customer color palettes on the fly for each design project; Collect for Output option, which gathers fonts, color profiles, and other file information; and an enhanced EPS filter, to support files created with Postscript 3. Price: $449.

Painter 11 is Corel’s latest painting and illustration software, designed for digital artists seeking to create new works of art or enhance existing photographic or fine-art images. Features include: Hard Media Controls, which allow for the creation of hard media variants, or the ability to choose from new media variants in the Brush Library; RealBristle Dry Media tools-marker, which creates the looks of pen, pencil, and chalk; individual color profiles, new color-management interface, and improved color recognition for files imported from Photoshop; enhanced Photoshop and Wacom product line support; and enhanced drawing tools that perform up to 30% faster than previous Painter versions. Price: $429.

Paint Shop Pro X 3 photo-editing software offers an integrated Learning Center, which intelligently organizes tools by task; RAW Lab, which manually adjust groups of RAW photos during the loading process; Express Lab that quickly fixes common photo flaws; and Advanced Tools edits with features such as Smart Carver, Vibrancy, and more. Integrated projects creates photo books, HD slideshows, cards and more. And Photo Sharing e-mails, prints, and sends directly to Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr. Price: $59.99.