ALL PHOTOS © STAN SHOLIK
Left: I created this HDR from a single RAW capture using this new feature in PSPX5. Right: Stacking several presets including Skin Smoothing, Smart Photo Fix
and Soft Focus 2 from the Portrait category of the Instant Effects palette quickly produced the result.
standalone, with JPEG, BMP and GIF images, but PaintShop Pro X5 outputs and
images in these formats, so that isn’t really
The only issue I had with PSPX5 was
coming to terms with its workflow. It
is taking me a while to adjust from the
Adobe way of image enhancement to the
Corel way. For example, in PSPX5, most
adjustments and edits require a new win-
dow to open with a “before” view on the
left and the enhanced view on the right.
To adjust white balance, you click the eye-
dropper on a neutral in the left window
and the right window changes. The Corel
way is perfectly usable, but just takes get-
ting used to.
the adjusted file in the Adjust or Edit
workspace, and then move to the Manage workspace to apply the adjustment to
other images. Overall, there is far more
saving and navigating between workspaces to perform edits than I am accustomed to.
And while PSPX5 can be used as a
non-destructive editor, you must make
this choice in preferences at least the first
time you save your first image. If you
want to save your original after making
adjustments, a new copy is saved in a Corel
Auto-Preserve folder that PSPX5 creates
as a subfolder to the existing image folder.
This method works, and means that you
needn’t process the image later, but takes
A fully functional 30-day trial version
of Corel PaintShop Pro X5 is available
for download from Corel’s website so
you can see for yourself the power and
versatility of the program. In fact, the
Corel website, www.corel.com, is loaded
with support possibilities. These include
tutorials, tips and tricks, free downloads,
an extensive knowledge base, member
discussions and more.
Above: The new Retro Lab feature includes effects inspired by LOMO, Diana and Holga cameras, with
sliders that allow you to adjust the effect to your liking. Retro Lab, as with many of the effects and tools
in PSPX5, opens in a new window with before and after views.
Stan Sholik is a commercial/advertising photographer
in Santa Ana, CA, specializing in still life and macro
photography. His latest book, Lightroom 4 FAQs,
published by Wiley Publishing, is now available.