December 21, 2015 12:29 ET

Free PaintShop Pro X8 Update Adds In-App Learning With New Ways to Access Complementary Tools & Content, Plus Increased Performance

X8.1 brings dramatic brush acceleration and performance enhancements app-wide

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Today, Corel announced the latest update to its photo-editing and graphic design software, PaintShop® Pro X8.1. This release introduces the Welcome Guide, an all-new in-app learning tool that makes it easier than ever to access helpful tips and tricks. Users will also find new ways to discover content to enrich the PaintShop Pro experience, plus significant performance enhancements app-wide, including major improvements to brush speeds. The X8.1 update is available now and is free to all registered users of PaintShop Pro X8.

New Welcome Guide & Add-on Content

Continuing PaintShop Pro's drive to make photo editing and graphic design more accessible, the new Welcome Guide makes getting started quick and easy. Fire up X8.1 and you are presented with a dedicated window linking to several tutorials and new project ideas.

Users can now discover additional brushes, plug-ins, complementary programs, and plenty more to extend PaintShop Pro's already strong photo and design toolkit, with new tools and content to be added on an ongoing basis. The new features in X8.1 come as part of Corel's commitment to deliver continuous updates and improvements to PaintShop Pro without requiring a subscription.

"A lot of people get intimidated when using a full-fledged photo-editor, often because they don't know where to start," says Greg Wood, Senior Product Director for Photo at Corel. "We want everyone to feel comfortable when they open PaintShop Pro, even if it's their first time. The new Welcome Guide provides users with video and training content to help them explore PaintShop Pro's many features, as well as direct access to a brand new learning series from our friends at Udemy."

Faster Brushes & Performance Enhancements

PaintShop Pro X8.1 also delivers major performance improvements, including dramatically accelerated brush speeds when working with larger images. Nine brushes, including the Paintbrush, Dodge/Burn, Clone and others have seen an average improvement of 2x faster than before, with the Paintbrush's Wet Paint look getting a boost of up to 4x faster!

Building on PaintShop Pro's performance, this latest update also includes more than 100 enhancements based on feedback from the PaintShop Pro user community. For more details on the latest improvements to PaintShop Pro X8, please visit our updates page for additional info.

Pricing and Availability

Corel PaintShop Pro X8.1 is a free update available now for all registered owners of PaintShop Pro X8 and PaintShop Pro X8 Ultimate. The release can be downloaded from in English, German, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Traditional Chinese, and Japanese.

Suggested retail pricing (SRP) for PaintShop Pro X8 is $79.99 (USD/CAN) / EUR 69.99 / £59.99 / $99.95 AUD. Qualifying registered users can purchase for the upgrade price of $59.99 (USD/CAN) / EUR 49.99 / £44.99 / $69.95 AUD.

SRP for PaintShop Pro X8 Ultimate is $99.99 (USD/CAN) / EUR 89.99 / £79.99/ $129.95 AUD. Qualifying registered users can purchase for the upgrade price of $79.99 (USD/CAN) / EUR 69.99 / £64.99 / $89.95 AUD. For more information about Corel PaintShop Pro X8 and Corel PaintShop Pro X8 Ultimate, please visit

Have Time for a Photo Contest?

Corel invites you to take part in the 'Matter of Time' photo contest from the Corel Discovery Center, in partnership with the National Watch & Clock Museum. The grand prize is $250 USD to spend at Amazon and the runner-up will receive $150 USD for some Amazon shopping, too. In addition, the museum will also showcase the top 10 entries as part of a special exhibit and feature the photos in their newsletter. Deadline for entry is January 15, 2016. For more details, visit the Corel Discovery Center.

Join the Corel Photo Conversation

Visit Points of View, the Corel Photo blog, to learn more about PaintShop Pro. To connect with other PaintShop Pro users from around the community, join us on Facebook and in the Corel User-to-User Forum.

About Corel Photo Editing

Whether you're an enthusiast or professional photographer, Corel Photo Editing software is dedicated to helping you achieve your best photos ever. The Corel Photo Editing product lineup includes the renowned PaintShop® Pro for powerful image editing and AfterShot™ Pro, the industry's fastest RAW photo workflow software. Corel is one of the world's top software companies providing some of the industry's best-known brands including CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite, Corel® Painter®, Roxio®, Pinnacle™ and WinZip®. For more information about Corel Photo Editing software, please visit

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