Digital photographers like to say that correcting shooting defects with
software is bad practice, the equivalent of compensating for a flawed
negative in the darkroom. These programs make us beg to differ.
It offers lots of power for its price, but Jasc's enduring image editor has always lacked the aesthetic appeal of its more expensive counterparts. This, its tenth generation and the first as a Corel product, has a newfound elegance. The Paint Shop interface has been streamlined for easier navigation and editing, and it provides extensive context-sensitive help: When you click a tool, a sidebar on the left tells you what it does, how to use it, and what to do next. New users should appreciate the guidance, while experienced photographers can turn it off and get to work. About $130.