After being around for more than 25 years, it probably shouldn't be a surprise that Corel Paint Shop Pro is absolutely packed with image editing power.

There are tools to fix brightness, contrast, or colour problems, adjust sharpness, remove noise, fix red-eye, even tweak portrait shots to make your friends look thinner, smooth out their wrinkles or give them an attractive tan.

Automatic tools can apply many fixes with a click. Scripting and batch processing options help you work on hundreds of pictures in a single option, or of course you can take full manual control of every step.

A stack of special effects open up all kinds of creative opportunities, and there's support for Photoshop plugins if you need more.

The program is a highly capable paint and drawing tool, with a host of illustration options, and support for importing Photoshop brushes.

You also get powerful photo restoration features, a RAW camera lab, a slideshow builder, social media sharing, and more graphic design tools than you'll see in many desktop publishing programs.

What's new in 2018?

- NEW Simplified user interface and bigger icons
- NEW Workspaces to match your skill level
- NEW Faster results and improved tools
- NEW Color palettes, brushes and more creative content

Verdict

A solid upgrade brings even more professional features to this versatile image editing suite. Good value for what you get, too.