Corel PaintShop Pro 2018 (PC) reduced to £34.99 at Amazon. Also  available at this price at Currys and PC World
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Corel PaintShop Pro 2018 (PC) reduced to £34.99 at Amazon. Also available at this price at Currys and PC World

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Found 11th Mar
Corel have improved Paintshop Pro for the 2018 edition, and made it easier to understand and use. A 30 day free trial can be downloaded if you want to check it out before buying.
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I think you're thinking about Corel Draw...

PSP was originally free from memory.... then became a paid product, and then bought by Corel.

It nowadays touts itself as an alternative to Photoshop but if that's the kind of power you're looking for GIMP 2 is as feature rich and free...
Edited by: "Sid.Harper" 11th Mar
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Wow that's a blast from the past. 20 years past. Didn't it used to cost *more*?!
I think you're thinking about Corel Draw...

PSP was originally free from memory.... then became a paid product, and then bought by Corel.

It nowadays touts itself as an alternative to Photoshop but if that's the kind of power you're looking for GIMP 2 is as feature rich and free...
Edited by: "Sid.Harper" 11th Mar
I was thinkin of PSP but I don't remember it being free. Used to use it at work in like 1997. Heh.
Zoea5 m ago

I was thinkin of PSP but I don't remember it being free. Used to use it at …I was thinkin of PSP but I don't remember it being free. Used to use it at work in like 1997. Heh.


Sorry my mistake, it was, "shareware" orignally when a JASC product - maybe that was the version before it became pro and pro was always paid for, I could be mistaken (long time ago now, LOL!).

en.wikipedia.org/wik…ses

bingo! wow - that's as you say been a blast from the past...
Edited by: "Sid.Harper" 11th Mar
Coral ruined this once free program
Agree with Sid. Gimp for free, Windows and Linux, if you need a lot of features. If not, I'd be looking at Photoshop Elements. At least you will know your way around when you can afford Photoshop CS.
Edited by: "pet2000" 11th Mar
Paint dot net is my goto paint program nowadays and it's completely free

getpaint.net
Edited by: "iand123" 11th Mar
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iand1231 h, 5 m ago

Coral ruined this once free program


It has now blossomed into a very good alternative to Photoshop, and much easier to use than Gimp, (even the latest version of the soon to be released new Gimp, which I have been testing). Trying to compare Paintshop Pro 2018 to how it was when Corel bought it from JASC, probably over a decade ago, is nowhere near a true comparison. I have ordered this from Amazon, it is being delivered tomorrow. I have been using Paintshop Pro X8, which is two versions older than the new 2018 version, and I don't usually update until about 4 or 5 newer versions have been released, but I downloaded the 30 day trial of 2018 and it seems much more intuitive to use, with some good improvements. I have been waiting for the price to drop to below £35 before I purchased it, and at £34.99, it is much cheaper than even the upgrade price from Corel.
Edited by: "giltbrook" 11th Mar
giltbrook5 m ago

It has now blossomed into a very good alternative to Photoshop, and much …It has now blossomed into a very good alternative to Photoshop, and much easier to use than Gimp, (even the latest version of the soon to be released new Gimp, which I have been testing). Trying to compare Paintshop Pro 2018 to how it was when Corel bought it from JASC, probably over a decade ago, is nowhere near a true comparison. I have ordered this from Amazon, it is being delivered tomorrow. I have been using Paintshop Pro X8, which is two versions older than the new 2018 version, and I don't usually update until about 4 or 5 newer versions have been released, but I downloaded the 30 day trial of 2018 and it seems much more intuitive to use, with some good improvements. I have been waiting for the price to drop to below £35 before I purchased it, and at £34.99, it is much cheaper than the upgrade price from Corel.


No doubt it's a good deal actually - agree GIMP is hard to use. The right tools soon pay for themselves in saved time/effort. BTW near to 15 years since JASC sold to Corel - scary!
Edited by: "Sid.Harper" 11th Mar
thanks OP
I used to use PSP a long time ago, a lot. It was easy and fun to use. Not sure why I stopped, maybe because it became relatively expensive when Corel took it over. I tried GIMP years ago, and it was terribly hard to use. I've tried it in more recent years and found it easier, but still challenging for only occasional use. I bought PSP X2 and hated it, so long ago can't remember why. More recently I bought Photoshop Elements, and hate that too. The one image manipulation app that I have used for years and years, and love, though obviously much more limited in features - though still good enough to "tweak these snaps and get them printed" is FastStone Image Viewer. An awesomely functional app for organising and basic image manipulation. Note to self: I will now go and bung the developer a donation.
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One of the features I use most in Paintshop Pro is Fill Light/Clarity, from the Adjust - Brightness and Contrast menu. A few clicks gives some brilliant results to images. The Clone Tool, in 2018, now shows what area you have selected as a preview in the Clone Tool brush circle. This is great if you are editing or removing something, such as an object in front of brickwork, allowing you to select a section of brickwork with one click, then line up the preview over the object to be removed in front of the bricks, and position it in exactly the right place on the bricks, lining up the mortar courses etc, making cloning much easier and quicker. I think this is also available in Photoshop, but not at this price.
Edited by: "giltbrook" 11th Mar
I still use PSP7.02, probably the best lightweight quick editor from 18 years ago that's still usable today.... I also have PSP X9 which is pretty good (unlike the PSP X2 which was a sluggish turd in comparison)

I think this Pro version finally solves something that's been missing from PSP, the ability to manipulate text in images properly, previous versions had very limited text edit options. Not sure what else they've added that is of any use.

Not bad price at £35, heat from me..... from my PSP x9 I get an upgrade option cost of £30.99 to PSP Pro Ultimate, so existing users check that out.

I'll still use PSP7.02 if I need to quickly crop an image though
Edited by: "spannerzone" 11th Mar
Does Paintshop Pro now stilll include Animation Shop? That was a useful program occasionally
Edited by: "jasee" 11th Mar
Coreldraw was awesome watching it render for an hour or 2 on a 386 with the turbo button pressed.
jasee1 h, 30 m ago

Does Paintshop Pro now stilll include Animation Shop? That was a useful …Does Paintshop Pro now stilll include Animation Shop? That was a useful program occasionally



No; not for a very long time (PSP 9 I think)
iand12311th Mar

Paint dot net is my goto paint program nowadays and it's completely …Paint dot net is my goto paint program nowadays and it's completely freehttps://www.getpaint.net


Not as initially powerful as gimp but there are alot of mods etc that can be installed to get the effects you need. Ps net is fast though i use it heavily for day to day stuff like thumbnails for videos and memes. Gimp i use for me specialist n refining work.
Zoea11 h, 10 m ago

Wow that's a blast from the past. 20 years past. Didn't it used to cost …Wow that's a blast from the past. 20 years past. Didn't it used to cost *more*?!


That was Photopaint - loved it - as part of the huge Corel Draw suite. Lot of it's features have turned up in PSP, ie customable toolbars and workspaces. Was there not a deal on PSP x9 and the previous version here, buying the download through the U.S/Canada website, or similar, for peanuts? (Yes found the invoice, £12 for PaintShop Pro X9 Ultimate, 14th Feb 2017)

Use PSPx9 (there was 4 service packs/updates for it b.t.w), Faststone of course, and an old copy of Elements 6 - so works fast - too. Who needs the recent Adobe bloatware?
Edited by: "airdsuk" 12th Mar
The "Ultimate" version is $34.99 (£25.25ish) if upgrading from X9 (probably earlier versions will be eligible too I guess as long as its installed on a PC).

Further research states:
To purchase this product, you must own a previous licensed version of Corel® PaintShop (Pro or Ultimate). Please note that upgrade eligibility excludes Academic, Home and Student, OEM and Not for Resale (NFR) versions.

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Upgrade to PaintShop Pro 2018 Ultimate for an exclusive bonus collection of premium software:
* Painter Essentials 5
* Perfectly Clear 3 SE
* AfterShot 3
* ParticleShop (with 5-Brush Starter Pack)

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To get the "Corel PSP Ultimate" In Paintshop Pro X9, click on "Help" > "Welcome" and select the "Upgrade" tab.

Lets you purchase direct from the "Corel PSP" program.

Even buying the upgrade from the US "Corel PSP" website is more expensive @ $63.99 (£46.17).

Not sure if these extras would be worth the extra £24+ if purchasing the "Ultimate" version from Amazon, but definitely worth it for the same price.

Normal price for the "ParticleShop" plugin is $39.99 (£28+).
Edited by: "Ripperoo" 12th Mar
PSP was a great product back in the JASC days.

I still use PSP 7. Its intuitive to use and does everything most people need. I don't really need to upgrade but it sounds a good deal.

Agree about Gimp, it' just not as intuitive as PSP for me. Horses for courses of course.
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Ripperoo20 h, 20 m ago

You gotta love HUKD thermometer! Two versions of "Corel PSP 2018" listed …You gotta love HUKD thermometer! Two versions of "Corel PSP 2018" listed today!This one and the other by my good self (which is the "Ultimate" version for £25.25ish).Massively varying temps, with the better & cheaper version (the one I listed) going sub-zero with the regular version (this one) hitting 200+. Seems weird as the "Ultimate" version is so much better value with it being nearly £10 cheaper than the regular version mentioned in this post.Kind of make the heat system on HUKD irrelevant really.


Different deals, this one is to buy Paintshop Pro 2018 as a new product, without needing the previous version to upgrade from.
Edited by: "giltbrook" 13th Mar
Wow, PSP still going, I feel old. First used this at university in 91/92.
giltbrook13th Mar

Different deals, this one is to buy Paintshop Pro 2018 as a new product, …Different deals, this one is to buy Paintshop Pro 2018 as a new product, without needing the previous version to upgrade from.



Indeed - he's talking about the more featured ULIMATE edition. But the upgrade to that new version is £31 now.
Edited by: "airdsuk" 16th Mar
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