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Aka PSP. Corel’s, (formerly JASC’s), program for creating *.gif and *.jpg image files. The latest version
is X9Last revised/verified:2017-01-07.
It is quite a complex tool. The original version was primarily for creating images
by painting pixels. The latest version is primarily about doctoring photographs,
including removing backgrounds and smoothing skin. If it complains you are out of
disk and/or ram space what it really means is you have the print margins set too
Corel Community might help.
They also have a
tutorials section. I upgraded to the Pro X9 version. Oddly,
buying it from scratch was cheaper than the upgrade.
It comes with all
kinds of additional independent programs and add-ons. The basic program itself seems
not much changed.
The main thing I noticed is the cropping tool is much improved.
Here are few very basic tips to get you started
with PSP 7.
You have to do a confusing two-stage register. When you buy, you get a serial number aka licence key.
There is no
menu item to enter it. PSP appears to stealthily
snaffle it out of the Ctrl-C
buffer. A few days later, it will ask for an activation code.
You must press Connect and the PSP website will
assign you one.
About half a dozen extra packages come bundled
with PSP. You must download, install and register each of them separately.
With the brush and eyedropper tools, the left mouse button is foreground; the
right is background. Other times you need to use the left mouse button even when
you are thinking background.
When drawing text, select your font and size before start typing. The dialog
box is designed to let you insert a mixture of fonts, colours and sizes in one go.
You have to highlight the text to change its size after you type it.
Layers let you change your mind later about positioning, colour and even of
existence of various elements of your image.
Some tools gray out. They may be waiting for you to temporarily increase or
decrease the colour depth. They may be waiting for you to select something with the
rectangle, lasso or magic wand.
That obscene looking colour-replacer icon is useful for converting the
backgrounds of *.jpg files to transparent *.gifs.
There is an undo, but you must let your finger off the mouse button
periodically otherwise undo will throw away everything since the last time you
When cropping, first drag the window borders out wide so there is an unused
area around the image. Start well above and to the left of the image and define a
cropping rectangle to get the bottom and right borders correct. Then crop with
Shift-R. Again, drag the window borders out wide so
there is an unused area around the image. Then start well below and to the right of
the image and define a cropping rectangle to get the upper and left borders
correct. Then crop with Shift-R. Don’t try to
get all four edges in the same go. If you discover an easier method, please let me
To undo the crop marks, right click on the drawing. Undo and Select None have
The problem with the new quick background removal tool it is makes many
mistakes and they are hard to to proofread especially if the background was mainly
white to start. I needed to take the images into Icon XP for touchup where I can
test them against several different coloured backgrounds.
Corel products unpack the download then install and leave the unpacked install
files behind. They can be removed after the install, saving considerable disk
PSP X9 costs
for and upgrade.
The big improvement in PSP X2 was a background removal tool. It does not do
alphachannel and it is not perfect, but it does a fair bit of the bull work. I
prefer IconXP for shrinking images since it smooths the edges with anti-aliasing.
I now use the third-party Tint Guide tool.
On 2009-04-08 I wrote Corel asking
them to make these improvements to PSP.
I often crop white borders off images. It would be much easier to tell if I had
succeeded, if after a crop, PSP left a background of perhaps 5 pixels or so of dark grey so I could more easily tell if I had left
a sliver of white. As it is, PSP shrinks the background entirely and I often
don’t notice till much later I screwed up.
When I crop, PSP puts up its default notion rectangle of how I should crop. It
won’t let me click inside that rectangle to mark a new rectangle. It insists
I modify its hopelessly wrong version.
When cropping, there are tiny resizing handles in the corners, half way up the
sides and half way across the top and bottom. These are so tiny that it requires
more dexterity than I have to manipulate them. My mouse keeps slipping off them and
I end up moving the entire crop window instead of just a side. Please make them
twice as big.
It would be nice to have a mesh special effect,
that would superimpose a fine mesh over the image, as if looking through a screen
door or a mosquito net. The effect is used in advertising quite a bit, to make its
non-use look extra bright, or highlighted in constrast. The effect I am after is
the one you see on highlighting a rectangle on the Windows Vista desktop.
When they put out a new version they will start sending you ads for the
upgrade. Just ignore and they will keep lowering and lowering the price.
Corel is somewhat dishonest. I purchased two years of updates on PaintShop Pro X6.
To avoid giving them to me, they renamed the next version of PSP to X3 and charged
the upgrade to X8, they did a bait and switch on price. I declined the upgrade.