Corel PaintShop Pro

Version2021(as of 11/10/2020)
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Main Features

  • Basic and advanced photo and image editing
  • Multi-workspace design accessible to both novices and experts
  • Navigation tree and Organizer to locate and manage images
  • AI and content-aware tools that make complex edits easy
  • Layer-based graphic design tools
  • Ability to batch process photos

Software Overview

Screenshot of Corel PaintShop Pro 2021
Screenshot of Corel PaintShop Pro 2021

Corel PaintShop Pro (PSP) is a program used for editing images and digital photos. It includes beginner-friendly workspaces that allow novices to perform simple edits, as well as an advanced workspace that allows experts to perform layer-based editing, batch image processing, and Web publishing.

PaintShop Pro allows users to import images and RAW digital photos or create images from scratch. The application supports a wide variety of RAW digital camera image formats and files created using other graphics editing applications, such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Several built-in effects and AI tools allow you to quickly modify the color, tone, brightness, and contrast of digital photos.

After you've begun importing, editing, and creating images, you can manage those images using PaintShop Pro's Navigation tree and Organizer. These features allow you to quickly navigate through and find specific subsets of images, such as those saved in a specific folder or that you've assigned a specific rating. In the Organizer, you can view thumbnails that will help you locate the exact image you are looking for.

However, PaintShop Pro's most unique feature is its multi-workspace design. Those looking to perform minor edits to a photo can open that photo in PaintShop Pro's Photography workspace, which includes only a subset of simple photo-editing features, while those looking to perform slightly more complex edits can load an image in PaintShop Pro's Essentials workspace. Finally, those looking to create an image from scratch or perform complex, professional-level edits can open PaintShop Pro's Complete workspace, which includes almost every feature users have come to expect from professional image-editing applications.

PaintShop Pro's advanced image-editing features include:

  • AI tools that allow you to automatically enhance images
  • HDR and 360° camera support
  • Content-aware features that make moving or removing areas of an image easy
  • Layer-based text, drawing, and graphic design tools


While it is not as popular as Adobe Photoshop, PaintShop Pro provides features that rival Adobe's premier image-editing application. Casual and novice editors may find PaintShop Pro especially appealing, as it is available as a one-time purchase and provides simpler, beginner-friendly workspaces they can use to start becoming expert image editors.

Primary File Type

pspimage icon.PSPIMAGEPaintShop Pro Image

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.PSPIMAGEPaintShop Pro Image
.3FRHasselblad 3F RAW Image
.AIAdobe Illustrator File
.ARWSony Alpha Raw Digital Camera Image
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.BMPBitmap Image
.CALCALS Raster Graphic
.CGMComputer Graphics Metafile
.CLPWindows Clipboard File
.CMXCorel Metafile Exchange Image File
.CR2Canon Raw Image File
.CRWCanon Raw CIFF Image File
.CURWindows Cursor
.CUTDr. Halo Bitmap Image File
.DCRKodak Digital Camera RAW Image File
.DCXZsoft Multi-Page Paintbrush File
.DIBDevice Independent Bitmap File
.DNGDigital Negative Image File
.DRWDrawing File
.EMFEnhanced Windows Metafile
.EPSEncapsulated PostScript File
.ERFEpson RAW File
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.HDPHD Photo File
.HPGLHP Graphics Language Plotter File
.IFFInterchange File Format
.JP2JPEG 2000 Core Image File
.JPSStereo JPEG Image
.K25Kurzweil K2500 File
.KDCKodak Photo-Enhancer File
.MACMacPaint Image
.MEFMamiya RAW Image
.MOSLeaf Camera RAW File
.MPOMulti Picture Object File
.MRWMinolta Raw Image File
.MSPMicrosoft Paint Bitmap Image
.NEFNikon Electronic Format RAW Image
.NRWNikon Raw Image File
.ORFOlympus RAW File
.PBMPortable Bitmap Image
.PCDKodak Photo CD Image File
.PCTPicture File
.PCXPaintbrush Bitmap Image File
.PDFPortable Document Format File
.PEFPentax Electronic File
.PGMPortable Gray Map Image
.PICGeneric Picture File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.PNSPNG Stereo Image
.PPMPortable Pixmap Image File
.PSPostScript File
.PSDAdobe Photoshop Document
.PSPPaintShop Pro Image File
.PSPBRUSHPaintShop Pro Brush File
.PSPIMAGEPaintShop Pro Image
.PSPSCRIPTPaintShop Pro Resource File
.RAFFuji RAW Image File
.RASSun Raster Graphic
.RAWRaw Image Data File
.RIFPainter Raster Image File
.RLERun Length Encoded Bitmap
.RW2Panasonic RAW Image
.SCTScitex Continuous Tone File
.SR2Sony RAW Image
.SRFSony RAW Image
.SVGScalable Vector Graphics File
.SVGZCompressed SVG File
.TGATarga Graphic
.TIFTagged Image File
.TUBPaintShop Pro Picture Tube
.UFOUlead File Object
.WBMPWireless Bitmap Image File
.WDPWindows Media Photo File
.WEBPWebP Image
.WMFWindows Metafile
.WMVWindows Media Video
.WPGWordPerfect Graphic File
.X3FSIGMA X3F Camera RAW File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.AFXAuto FX PhotoGraphic Edges Image
.BAYCasio RAW Image
.BRKBrooktrout Fax Document
.CALSCALS Raster Graphic File
.CDRCorelDRAW Image File
.CTScitex Continuous Tone File
.DWGAutoCAD Drawing File
.DXFDrawing Exchange Format File
.FPXFlashPix Bitmap Image File
.GEMVentura Publisher Document
.HDRHigh Dynamic Range Image File
.IIQPhase One RAW Image
.J2CJPEG 2000 Code Stream
.J2KJPEG 2000 Image
.JIFJPEG Interchange Format Image
.JPCJPEG 2000 Code Stream File
.JPXJPEG 2000 Image File
.JSLCorel PaintShop Pro Shape Library
.KFXKofax Image File
.LBMDeluxe Paint Bitmap Image
.MOOVApple QuickTime Movie
.PICTPicture File
.RGBRGB Bitmap
.SGISilicon Graphics Image File
.TIFFTagged Image File Format
.WBMWireless Bitmap Image
.XBMX11 Bitmap Graphic
.XPMX11 Pixmap Graphic
.XWDX Windows Dump Image
Updated 11/10/2020