PaintShop Pro

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PaintShop Pro
Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2.png
Corel PaintShop Pro Photo X2 in Windows Vista
Original author(s)
Stable release X7 ([1] / August 27, 2014; 4 months ago (2014-08-27)
Operating system
Platform IA-32
Type Raster graphics editor, vector graphics editor
License Trialware

PaintShop Pro (PSP) is a raster and vector graphics editor for Microsoft Windows. It was originally published by Jasc Software. In October 2004, Corel purchased Jasc Software and the distribution rights to Paint Shop Pro. PSP functionality can be extended by Photoshop-compatible plugins.

Although often written as Paint Shop Pro, Corel's website shows the name for the product as PaintShop Pro. The X-numbered editions have been sold in two versions: PaintShop Pro, which is the basic editing program, and PaintShop Pro Ultimate, which bundles in other standalone programs. The particular bundled programs have varied with each numbered version and have not been sold by Corel as separate products.

PSP comes with an interface for automating tasks with scripts written in the Python programming language.


Paint Shop Pro 1.0 (pictured here running on Windows XP), was released in 1992 for Windows 3.1.

Originally called simply Paint Shop, the first version, 1.0, was a basic picture converter between BMP, GIF and PCX formats, released in August 1990.[2] Paint Shop was originally distributed as shareware and is still available at many download sites (4.12 being a popular version). Most newer versions are only commercially available although some have been distributed in the United Kingdom in computer magazine CDs after they became obsolete.

On November 28, 2007, Corel announced that the office in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where Paint Shop Pro was created, would be shut down, with development moving to offices in California and China.[3]

Picture tubes[edit]

Picture tubes are graphic images with no background. They are often used as a starting point for complex images; that is, they are combined with other image elements to produce a final work. Tubes can also be regarded as graphic brushes based on a pre-created image; this was their original use.[4] Instead of leaving a trace of color on the canvas, they would leave a trail of images. Popular tube subjects include alphabets, human (also known as dollz), animal and toy figures, flowers, love messages and seasonal symbols.

The tube system originated with PSP Pro version 5. Native tube files may be in .tub, .psp, .pspimage, and .psptube formats.[5] XnView, IrfanView, and TubeEx are separate graphics programs that can open tube files (.tub) and save them as .png files for use in other programs.

Other related versions and products[edit]

Paint Shop Pro Personal[edit]

It is a version of Corel Paint Shop Pro 9 for Japan market, published by Sourcenext Corporation.[6][7][8]

Paint Shop Photo Album[edit]

It is a simplified version of Paint Shop Pro designed to enhance, organize, and share digital photos.

Corel version was released as version 5.

Corel Paint Shop Pro Album Personal[edit]

It is a version of Corel Paint Shop Pro Album 5 Deluxe for Japan market, published by Sourcenext Corporation.[6][9]

Corel Photo Album[edit]

It is the successor of Jasc Paint Shop Photo Album. First release was version 6.

Corel PaintShop Photo Express[edit]

It is the successor of Corel Photo Album. First release was PaintShop Photo Express 2010.

Paint Shop Pro Photo Studio[edit]

It is a site launched as part of Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 launch celebration.

License management software[edit]

Versions XI, X2, X3 and X4 install a third party program named PSIService.exe, a Windows service called ProtexisLicensing. Written by Protexis, this runs in the background and collects licensing information. This program communicates with a remote host. Manually disabling the Protexis Licensing service may cause Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo to cease functioning.

Criticism of pricing policy[edit]

There have been criticisms of Corel's pricing policy that pitches international versions at higher prices than those charged in the US.[10]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Official website

Paint Shop Photo Album[edit]

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PaintShop Photo Express[edit]

  • Corel PaintShop Photo Express pages: 2010

Paint Shop Xtras[edit]