effects. Unfortunately, they are applied to
a generic image, not the one on which you
are planning to use the effect.
There are other new features and many
enhancements in PSPX5, such as the new
Layer Styles button in the Layers palette that makes it easier to access the
many layer styles. For users frustrated
that they can run Photoshop actions in
Photoshop Elements, but not create them
there, PSPX5 allows you to create and run
multiple scripts (actions) in sequence or to
a batch of photos. There are also some enhanced art media tools that seem to have
been carried over from other Corel products that simulate watercolor, oil paint,
chalk and other media.
All of the above are available in PaintShop Pro X5 with a MSRP of $79.99. But
wait, there’s more! For an additional $20
you can have PaintShop Pro X5 Ultimate,
which adds Reallusion’s FaceFilter Studio
2 portrait enhancement tools, Nik Color
Efex 3.0 filters and a collection of royalty-free images, brushes and textures. Any
one of these additions are worth more
than the price difference between the Pro
and the Pro Ultimate versions.
I found the new FaceFilter Studio particularly interesting. After you adjust a
few markers on important facial features
and adjust eye and skin color, you are
presented with a group of presets. These
presets are human expressions that are
labeled with names such as Confident,
Kind, Elegant, Sexy, etc. When you select
one, the preset is applied to the portrait.
The results can range from the useful to
the weird (try Sexy on a baby), but they
are quick and there is a small amount of
user control on the final screen. You can
only use the program, which installs as a
Top: PaintShop Pro X5 retains the look of the
previous version, with three tabbed, highly customizable workspaces.
Middle: The new Map mode automatically
places images with embedded GPS data onto a
Google map, wherever in the world the photo is
taken. If altitude and direction data are available
in the GPS record, they are also displayed.
Bottom: FaceFilter Studio 2 is a standalone program that is part of PaintShop Pro X5 Ultimate.
It contains presets for adjusting the facial expression of a portrait subject. This shows the before
and after view of the Slim_02 preset.