Over 75 new and advanced features included

Corel has announced the latest version of its PaintShop Pro software. The new version, Corel PaintShop Pro X4, arrives with over 75 new and enhanced features and, Corel claims, ‘faster performance, more photo editing power and exciting new creative effects’.

Amongst the new features is a completely redesigned HDR module offering improved performance and built-in presets for quick and simple results. PaintShop Pro X4 also features a new Photo Blend tool aimed at those wanting to combine a series of shots with the same composition – for example a frame where one person appears multiple times.

Other new features include the Fill Light tool aimed at improving underexposed areas of a shot, and the Clarity tool for enhancing subtle yet important details. A Selective Focus tool allows depth of field enhancement after the shot, whilst a new vignette tools allows photographers to apply a soft and faded border around their image.

With regards to performance enhancements, Corel claims the new software is up to 50% faster on launch, whilst also faster in general use. The workspace has also been redesigned, and now features a tabbed interface for quick navigation and is also fully customisable.

Corel PaintShop Pro X4 launches simultaneously with the Ultimate version, which includes additional pro-level tools including Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 and a free photobook from Blurb.

Corel PaintShop Pro X4 and X4 Ultimate are out now, priced at £60 and £80 respectively. For more information on the software and to purchase, visit Corel online.