Corel PaintShop Pro X4

Selective Focus.

If you don’t have a tilt-shift lens, you can simulate the look of one using this new feature. With the Planar Selection tool, you specify an area of your image that should be in focus. Handles at the borders and corners rotate the area and adjust the size. Using sliders, you can apply as much blur as desired to the rest of the image.

Adjustment Layers.

Using layers when creating a composite or making more complex adjustments ensures that the original file stays intact. Multiple layers can be used to experiment with color or combine different effects without altering the image’s original information.

Fill Light/Clarity Filter.

These tools make it easy to control shadows and highlights and also sharpness of details. For Fill Light, just dial in a positive number for lightening dark areas and a negative value for darkening light areas. For Clarity, a positive number increases detail and a negative one has the opposite effect.


To emphasize the primary subject of an image, you can select it and then blur or darken the areas around it. The shape of the edges, and amount of blur, glow and feathering all can be fine-tuned. The Dark/Light slider sets the color of the edge, and the Diffuse Glow slider adds a brightening effect and softens details.

Makeover Tool.

For touching up portraits, this feature includes several modes for enhancing your subject’s appearance. Suntan mode adds color to pale skin. Thinify makes people look thinner. Eye Drop mode removes redness from eyes. Blemish Fixer takes away blemishes, and Toothbrush whitens teeth.

Black-and-White Film.

The Channel Mixer command lets you select from countless color combinations for simulating the look of black-and-white film. The Black and White Film dialog box also offers a Clarify control for creating high-contrast images that mimic the use of black-and-white film with a color filter on the lens.

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