Corel PaintShop Pro

Version2023(as of 11/17/2022)
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Main Features

  • RAW, HDR, and 360° camera support
  • 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
  • Plugin support to extend the functionality of the app

Software Overview

Screenshot of Corel PaintShop Pro 2023
Screenshot of Corel PaintShop Pro 2023

Corel PaintShop Pro (PSP) is a program for editing images and digital photos. It includes beginner-friendly workspaces that allow novices to perform simple edits and an advanced workspace that enables 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 various RAW digital camera image formats and files created by other graphics editing applications, such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. In addition, several built-in effects and AI tools allow you to quickly modify digital photos' color, tone, brightness, and contrast.

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 particular 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. For example, 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. In contrast, 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 the following:

  • AI tools that allow you to enhance images automatically
  • 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 become 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 Artwork
.ARWSony Alpha Raw Digital Camera Image
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.BMPBitmap Image
.CALCALS Raster Graphic
.CGMComputer Graphics Metafile
.CLPWindows Clipboard File
.CMXCorel Presentation Exchange Image
.CR2Canon Raw 2 Image
.CRWCanon Raw CIFF Image File
.CURWindows Cursor Image
.CUTDr. Halo Bitmap Image File
.DCRKodak Digital Camera RAW Image
.DCXZsoft Multi-Page Paintbrush File
.DIBDevice-Independent Bitmap Image
.DNGDigital Negative Image
.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
.JPSStereo JPEG Image
.K25Kurzweil K2500 File
.KDCKodak Photo-Enhancer File
.MACMacPaint Image
.MEFMamiya RAW Image
.MOSLeaf Camera RAW Image
.MPOMulti Picture Object File
.MRWMinolta Raw Image
.MSPMicrosoft Paint Bitmap Image
.NEFNikon Electronic Format RAW Image
.NRWNikon Raw Image
.ORFOlympus RAW File
.PBMPortable Bitmap Image
.PCDKodak Photo CD Image
.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
.PSPostScript File
.PSDAdobe Photoshop Document
.PSPPaintShop Pro Image
.PSPBRUSHPaintShop Pro Brush File
.PSPFRAMEPaintShop Pro Picture Frame File
.PSPIMAGEPaintShop Pro Image
.PSPSCRIPTPaintShop Pro Resource File
.PSPTUBEPaintShop Pro Picture Tube File
.RAFFujifilm RAW Image
.RASSun Raster Graphic
.RAWRaw Image Data
.RIFPainter Raster Image
.RLERun Length Encoded Bitmap
.RW2Panasonic RAW Image
.SCTScitex Continuous Tone Image
.SR2Sony RAW Image
.SRFSony RAW Image
.SVGScalable Vector Graphic
.SVGZCompressed SVG File
.TGATarga Graphic
.TIFTagged Image File
.TUBPaintShop Pro Picture Tube
.UFOUlead File Object
.WBMPWireless Bitmap Image
.WDPWindows Media Photo File
.WEBPWebP Image
.WMFWindows Metafile
.WMVWindows Media Video
.WPGWordPerfect Graphic
.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 File
.CTScitex Continuous Tone Image
.DWGAutoCAD Drawing
.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
.TIFFTagged Image File Format
.WBMWireless Bitmap Image
.XBMX BitMap Graphic
.XPMX11 Pixmap Graphic
.XWDX Windows Dump Image
Updated 11/17/2022