Corel PaintShop Photo Ultimate X3

PaintShop Photo® Pro X3 Ultimate

High value photo editing software

  • Express Lab for one-click fixes
  • Professional image adjustments
  • Bonus photo-painting software
  • Bonus creative photo effects
  • $99.99


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Professional photo editing software with bonus creative tools

PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Ultimate brings the renowned photo editing tools of PaintShop Photo Pro X3 together with bonus software for photo editing, file sharing and creative projects. With this ultimate package, you can sketch, paint and turn photos into paintings, transform images with a collection of creative plug-in filters, and if you buy from, get WinZip® 14.5 Pro, free!

This Ultimate photo editing software also includes all the powerful photo editing tools found in PaintShop Photo Pro X3. Featuring Camera RAW photo support and easy batch photo editing, it combines photo management, editing, creative projects, backup and sharing in one high-performance package. Outstanding value, outstanding results!

Also available: Corel® PaintShop Photo® Pro X3, our original photography editing software.

  • Easily organize & manage your photos

    Use high-quality thumbnails and fast previews to find your desired photos. You can also organize and search photos by ratings and tags to quickly find your favorites.

  • Edit & retouch your photos

    Take advantage of the Express Lab's one-click fixes and the Organizer's batch photo editing software for faster results. Also use advanced photo editing tools, such as Smart Carver™, Vibrancy and Object Extractor, to improve the quality of your photos.

  • Turn your photos into paintings

    Create original drawings and paintings or let Corel® Painter™ Essentials 4 paint a photo for you. This creative home art studio includes dozens of Natural-Media® tools, palettes, paper textures and more.

  • Bonus software from

    Get even more value when you purchase PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Ultimate direct from! You'll receive WinZip® 14.5 Pro, powerful file compression software to help you zip and share your digital photos effortlessly. Plus, PhotoLooks, a program for adjusting photo lighting.

Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Ultimate is packed with powerful photo editing tools and bonus photo editing software for creative results.

Enjoy easy photo management

Easy batch processing

Easy batch processing

Fix one photo and have the same changes applied to multiple photos, right from the Organizer.

Smart photo organizer

Take advantage of high-quality thumbnails and image previews to find your photos fast. You can also search, rate and tag photos to quickly find your favorites.

Windows® 7 compatibility

PaintShop Photo Pro X3 is fully compatible with Microsoft® Windows® 7, as well as Windows® XP and Windows Vista®. Take advantage of new Windows 7 speed and performance to experience a whole new level of creativity.

Original photos preserved

Whenever you save an edited version, this intelligent photo editing program automatically stores a copy of your original photo.

Camera RAW support

Work with "digital negatives" and achieve the results you want with greater artistic control and flexibility, without overwriting the original RAW files. The RAW lab lets you adjust your files in RAW format to take advantage of RAW attributes, before converting them to an editable format to make your regular edits.

Express Lab for fast photo fixes

Express Lab for fast photo fixes

PaintShop Pro's speed-editing mode makes photo editing faster than ever! Quickly adjust contrast, apply local tone mapping, remove noise and sharpen images. You can even adjust levels, clarity and white balance and batch-edit multiple photos and more.

Discover the Ultimate advantage

With this Ultimate edition, you have all the powerful photo editing tools in PaintShop Photo Pro X3, plus the following software:

Corel KPT Collection

Corel® KPT® Collection

A must-have collection of creative plug-in filters, KPT Collection includes 24 filters that let you apply amazing effects to your photos.

  • KPT® LensFlare™ - create realistic glows, halos and lens flares
  • KPT® Equalizer™ - blur and sharpen images with precision
  • KPT® Goo - apply a finger-paint effect, or smear and smudge images
  • KPT® Projector™ - add 2D perspective effects or 3D transformations
  • KPT® Hyper Tiling™ - create interesting tiling effects with your image
  • KPT® Ink Dropper™ - apply drops of liquid to an image to create unique effects
  • KPT® Lightning™ - add realistic lightning effects
  • KPT® ShapeShifter™ - create limitless shapes and objects
  • Plus 16 more!
Corel Painter Essentials 4

Corel® Painter™ Essentials 4

This creative home art studio is the ideal way to get started with digital art. Create original paintings and drawings with a handy array of tools, brushes, paints and effects. Or produce a painting from a photo in just 3 easy steps. The Smart Stroke™ brush technology in Painter Essentials auto-paints your photo, following the shapes and contours of your original photo just like a real artist would. exclusives

Get even more value when you purchase PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Ultimate direct from! In addition to the KPT Collection and Painter Essentials 4, you receive:

WinZip® 14.5 Pro

WinZip is the world's most popular file compression software. With this powerful zipping program at your side, you can compress and share your photos quicker than ever!

  • Zip files to save disk space. You can compress JPEG files up to 25% without compromising photo quality
  • Protect confidential files and email attachments with password-based AES encryption
  • Bundle files into convenient groups for emailing, archiving and instant sending
  • Back up files to prevent data loss
Red Giant Magic Bullet PhotoLooks 1.1

Red Giant Magic Bullet PhotoLooks 1.1

PhotoLooks is a powerful application that lets you manipulate and experiment with light while preserving essential photographic detail.

  • Control lighting conditions and create stylized effects with customizable tools
  • Go beyond presets and create a chain of exposure, lighting, color and lens effects that imitate the real-world path of light through a camera
  • Design and refine unique looks, from simple exposures to radical color changes, with the 100-Look Library
  • Work with large high-resolution images on standard hardware, or get radically faster speeds with the latest NVIDIA® GPU acceleration

Fix it fast in the Express Lab

Learning Center

The Express Lab includes a Learning Center to build your confidence, and help you develop your skills and complete tasks within seconds of launching PaintShop Photo.

Makeover tools

Make sure the people in your photos look their best with quick tools that are fun and easy to use! Make your subjects look thinner in seconds, whiten bloodshot eyes, smooth lines, paint on a tan or remove blemishes.

Make digital camera noise a thing of the past

Quickly eliminate "noise" and fuzziness that interfere with the clarity of your digital image. One-step noise removal smoothes photos with a single click. You can also use the Digital Camera Noise Removal tool for precise control.

Smart photo fix

Instantly correct lighting and color problems with automated tools, or make manual corrections on your own.

Red eye removal

Eliminate red eye in one click or use advanced red-eye removal that even works on pets.

Color changer

Easily change the color of objects in your digital photos, such as clothing, walls and furniture. Rather than simply replacing a color, the Color Changer detects and analyzes variations in your images before making the necessary adjustments to produce a realistic effect.

Get creative with artistic effects, projects & photo sharing

Built-in creative projects

Built-in creative projects

PaintShop Photo Pro X3 is the only pro-quality photo editing program for enthusiasts that closely integrates creative projects with photo editing. The new Project Creator* is a fast and simple way to create professional-looking photo books, collages, cards and more-and quickly share with easy online options.

Corel® Painter™ Photo Essentials 4 included!

This fun program lets you turn a photo into a unique work of art in just 3 easy steps:

  • Choose a photo and the painting style you want to apply
  • Let the SmartStroke™ painting technology create a stunning painting
  • Touch up your masterpiece by hand if desired

HD slideshows

As an increasing number of DSLR cameras capture HD video, this popular photography editing software has expanded to offer tools that now let you combine photos and video frames in a slideshow. Create HD slideshows of your photos and videos, all with the same tool.

Black & white photos

Easily covert your color photos to black & white, mimic infrared film or add a touch of class by making them sepia-toned.

Special after-effects

Produce interesting, eye-catching photos with a range of effects inspired by classic film and filter types. Simulate the unique look of film or mimic color filters


Decorate your photos with 30 new sets of professionally designed artistic elements. A longtime user favorite, this tool lets you paint on photos with ready-made art that features a variety of themes. For example, add butterflies and beetles to a picnic setting or fill an aquarium with fish.

Easy photo sharing

Easy photo sharing

Share photos and videos where and how you want, using email, Flickr®, Facebook® and YouTube™. Print at home, order prints online**, email or quickly burn a photo DVD to enjoy on your TV.


Add shapes or words to your photos to add creativity, raise impact, or even note important dates and events.

Picture frames and photo edges

Easily add eye-catching final touches to your images with picture frames. A variety of styles and the ability to edit give you more creative possibilities.

Time Machine

Go back in time and give photos a retro look using effects that replicate the unique appearance of photos taken in the early days of photography and at the beginning of the 20th century.

Layer styles

Apply artistic effects to individual layers, such as drop shadows, embossing and reflections.

Do more with advanced photo-editing tools

Extraction tools

Extraction tools

The Object Extractor isolates an object so it can be copied to a new background or a new background can be pasted behind it. The Smart Carver™ seamlessly removes objects from an image, and lets you expand or contract objects without distortion.

Vibrancy tool

Boost color in the least saturated areas of a photo without affecting the rest of the image.

HDR Photo Merge

Quickly merge photos taken at different exposures to create a final image that features a large range of detail, from highlights to shadows.

Depth of Field effect

Create effects that you can't do with a camera lens alone. Draw attention to a specific area of an image by focusing on one region, while blurring the rest of the image. Create in seconds what usually requires precise and lengthy manual adjustments.

Advanced sharpen tools

Turn fuzzy photos into crisp images, without compressing or degrading the quality of the image.

Fix lens distortions

Easily remove fish-eye, barrel and other lens distortions.

Full layer and adjustment layer support

Adjust the color or tone of your images without actually modifying the pixels on each layer. You can also add multiple adjustment layers to an image to test various color corrections or see how several corrections look when they're combined.

Create vivid images by adjusting levels and curves

Precisely adjust tone, color balance and exposure with exceptional control. The Curves dialog box includes a histogram, so you can easily and intuitively fine-tune your work. Three automatic settings let less-experienced users optimize the contrast and color levels in images with just a few clicks.

On-image text editing

Adjust font, color, placement, position, size and wrapping of the text within an image. Reselect the text on the image and continue typing, or apply text on a path.

Visible watermarks

Protect and take credit for your photos by easily adding a visible watermark to label your work.

* The Project Creator is a complementary download for purchasers of PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Ultimate.

**Online printing services are available in select countries only and are subject to additional charges.

Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 is the best photography editing software for achieving professional-looking photos and creative results-fast!

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7, Windows Vista® or Windows® XP with latest service packs installed (32-bit or 64-bit editions)
  • 1.5 GHz processor (2 GHz or higher recommended)
  • 1 GB of RAM (2 GB or higher recommended)
  • 3 GB of free hard drive space
  • Minimum display resolution: 1024 x 768 (24-bit color)
  • Windows-compatible DVD-ROM drive for installation
  • Internet connection required for online features

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Bright Hub, USA

5 out of 5 Review Rating
"I just can't say enough good things about the Ultimate package. The software retails for $99.99, but the standard features along with the new creative content and background remover plug-in alone are worth that much. When you throw in all the bonus content, especially Painter Photo Essentials 4 and MediaOne Plus, I can't imagine how anyone could balk at the price. Even though I haven't even mentioned much about the media recovery software, raw camera support, and free flash drive, they're great additions, too. You're not going to find a comparable deal for any other photo editing software on the market."
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Bright Hub, September 2008

Canadian Camera, Canada

"Overall, I feel this product has come a long way from being a poor man's Photoshop. The price is more than right. Its rich and varied features make it fun and easy to work with. It contains a learning module for the novice that I found helpful, and finally it has a few tools you won't find in Photoshop, but I'll leave you to discover those on your own."
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Canadian Camera, Spring 2008

Tech Talk Families, USA

"I recommend this application for families, being intuitive enough for children around 10 and up to use, and I recommend making copies of some images and experimenting with all the different filters, tools, and effects. Significantly less expensive than full professional photo editing software, this application offers everything a family photographer needs at a reasonable price."
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Tech Talk Families, April 2008

Shutterbug, USA

"Over the years it has undergone a metamorphosis to become quite contemporary in features and functions, with a comprehensive toolset and menu that establish it as a strong and effective image-editing application."
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Shutterbug, March 2008, USA

Silver Award 2008
"At last, a program that's fun to use. If you want to take your photos into the graphics world, this is the most cost effective way to do it. Yes, you'll need more time for mastery, but the results are worth it."
Read the entire review, 2008, USA

"What sets X2 apart from the competition is a wide array of old and new features (some of which are unique to Corel)."
Read the entire review, October 22, 2007

Popular Photography & Imaging, USA

Editor's Choice Award 2008
"Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 is an excellent upgrade to a program that will please the photographer who'd rather spend time having fun with photos than doing a lot of technical heavy lifting."
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Popular Photography & Imaging, October 2007, USA

5 out of 5 Star Review
"Once you get Paint Shop Pro Photo X2, you'll find a very powerful photo editor and organizer that is quite easy to learn and use."
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CNET, September 5, 2007

Written Tutorials

Get the most out of Corel PaintShop with these written tutorials. Either follow on-screen or print out to have by your side, these tutorials are a great way to help you get the most out of your software and your photographs.

Video Tutorials

Unleash the power of Corel PaintShop thanks to the expert tuition of professional photographer and trainer Vincent Oliver. Watch his specially-created 10 minute video tutorials now to help you get the most out of your favourite photo editing software.


Product demos including light painting and light animation

Express the feelings of your heart through a warm e-card

Make a personalized Valentine's card for your dear – in just minutes!

Make Your Own Vignette Frame

Everyone loves the classy look of a vignette frame on their photo. Now, with Paint Shop Pro Photo you can make your own customized frame complete with a background color you choose! It's easy, and we'll show you how to do it with this tutorial.

Reverse Text on a Path

We see it everywhere, curvy, curly, circular text, but did you know you can do create that look in Paint Shop Pro? You can! With this tutorial we'll show you how to create reverse text on a path.

Remove Photo Backgrounds with the Background Eraser

The Background Eraser lets you easily remove unwanted backgrounds while retaining the fine detail in your photos. It's great for when you want to cut something out of a photo and pop it into a new one! With this tutorial we'll show you how easy it is to use the Background Eraser.

Create your own holiday card

With Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo IX and Corel® Snapfire™ Plus, you can create a truly unique holiday card to send to all your friends and family. Not only will you get to share your photos with the people you care about; you'll be able to amaze them with your creativity and thoughtfulness.

Add Depth of Field to Your Photos

One mark of a professionally created photo is depth of field - a blending of in-focus and out-of-focus areas that is usually produced with fancy lenses and special camera settings. In the past, creating depth of field in your digital photos required a long, tricky process. Now, however, Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo XI lets you create this professional look in only a few minutes.

Change Colors in an Instant

Corel® Paint Shop Pro™ Photo IX lets you change the colors in your pictures so easily that it seems like magic. With just a few clicks, you can change blue to orange, or brown to bright pink. You can even make a red dress blue, or see whether you look better in green!

Give a Makeover - It's Easy!

With Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo's amazing set of Makeover Tools, you can remove blemishes, whiten teeth, and even brush on a tan in seconds! Improving the appearance of the people in your photos has never been easier.

Learn How to Fix Photos the Smart Way

Smart Photo Fix is the best way to correct color, exposure, and lighting problems in your photos. By completing this tutorial, you'll see how Smart Photo Fix analyzes your photo and suggests corrections with just a single click. Before you apply the corrections, you can fine-tune them to create just the look you want.

Put the Crop Tool to Work for You

Cropping is the quickest and easiest way to improve the composition of your photos. The enhanced Crop tool in Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo XI makes it easier than ever to control the size and alignment of your crop window.

Remove Distractions from Your Photos

The Object Remover tool in Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo XI makes removing unwanted items from your photos a breeze. You don't need to work on numerous layers or with different selection tools. With the Object Remover tool, you'll learn quickly because everything you need is in one place.

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