Corel Announces Corel Paint Shop Pro X and Corel Photo Album 6

Corel Corporation has announced the release of Corel Paint Shop Pro X and Corel Photo Album 6, two major new products from Corel's digital imaging portfolio and the first versions of the software to be introduced since Corel's acquisition of Jasc in October 2004.

With a revamped user interface featuring a new, integrated Learning Center and Browser palette, Paint Shop Pro X is designed to accelerate learning and increase productivity. Tools are organized by task within the Learning Center palette, enabling users of all skill levels to produce professional-looking results with no previous photo editing experience required.

Below is an overview of the new and noteworthy features included in Corel Paint Shop Pro X:
The Paint Shop Pro X Learning Center: The new Learning Center organizes tools logically by task, providing users with a step-by-step guide and quick access to the instructions and tools needed to complete the most common photo editing projects.

Browser Palette: The Browser palette is now integrated into the Paint Shop Pro X workspace to make it even easier for users to access, view, organize, and work with their images.

Smart Photo Fix: The new Smart Photo Fix analyzes a photo and suggests settings to auto-correct color, brightness, sharpness, and saturation -- all in one step. Smart Photo Fix gives users new levels of control by allowing them to combine the simplicity of automatic corrections with the precision and control of manual adjustments.

Makeover Tools: Paint Shop Pro X introduces a powerful new collection of extreme Makeover Tools to help users quickly and easily retouch the subjects in their photos. The Makeover Tools include the Blemish Fixer, Toothbrush and Suntan Brush.

Object Remover: The new Object Remover lets users seamlessly eliminate unwanted elements from photos, intelligently filling in the resulting gaps with appropriate background detail.

Special Effects for Black & White Photos: With the new Special Effects filters in Paint Shop Pro X, users can now easily convert images to simulated black and white infrared or apply color filters while converting to black and white images.

Corel Photo Album 6 -- Standard Edition: Included for the first time with Paint Shop Pro X, Corel Photo Album 6 provides efficient organization, sharing and photo backup options, along with hundreds of new drag-and-drop creative project templates.

Advanced Features: Paint Shop Pro X now includes support for 16-bit/channel adjustments, ICC-based color management, the ability to import and export CMYK images using ICC profiles, along with enhanced monitor calibration that allows LCD screens to be correctly calibrated.

Camera Raw support: Paint Shop Pro X now supports over forty Camera Raw file formats. Users can open, enhance, process, and convert images taken in the Camera Raw format.

Batch Processing: Users can easily process batches of images with Paint Shop Pro X. The Batch Process command lets them use scripts to apply fixes to batches of images, and users can also convert batches of images to a different file format.

Perspective Correction Tool: With the Perspective Correction tool, users can fix buildings, landmarks, or objects in their photos that appear to be in the wrong perspective or that were taken from an angle other than directly in front.

Straighten Tool: The Straighten tool lets users quickly align crooked photos and automatically crop the edges using any line in the photo.

Pricing and Availability
Available for a suggested retail price of $129 US, Corel Paint Shop Pro X includes Corel Photo Album 6 -- Standard Edition, Pixmantec® RawShooter™ essentials, two hours of free lynda.com video instruction and a printed user manual. Corel Photo Album 6 -- Deluxe Edition is available for a suggested retail price of $49 US. It includes PhotoRecovery software ($29 value), Xtras Scrapbook Templates, Volumes I and II ($40 value), Pixmantec RawShooter essentials, and a printed user guide. Corel also offers academic pricing to qualified institutions and students. For more information or to learn more about Corel's K-12 and Higher Education site license programs please visit www.corel.com/education. Commercial and government customers can learn more about Corel's volume licensing options at www.corel.com/licensing.

To learn more about Corel's digital imaging portfolio or to download a free, fully functional trial version of Corel Paint Shop Pro X or Corel Photo Album 6, please visit www.corel.com/paintshoppro or www.corel.com/photoalbum.
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