Despite the odd sounding name this is actually one of the main highlights in this version of PaintShop Photo Pro. You can select an object using the Red brush and then remove it, or you can select and protect an object using the Green brush and then rescale the canvas, leaving the objects proportions unaffected. The video above shows this filter in use. My overall impression is that this filter performs very well on most subjects, although with some pictures you may have to resort to using the clone brush to tidy up small areas that may be left behind. You can of course include objects to be preserved (with Green brush) and objects to be deleted, at the same time. This filter gets a massive thumbs up from me.
If you’re into cut outs and are frustrated by the lack of fine control offered by the magic wand or edge selection tools, then the Object Extractor may be just the tool you are looking for. Simply paint over the edges of your object (or person) with the green brush, making sure there are no gaps in the selection, then use the fill bucket to mark the area that is to be extracted and press the Process button. Result, an excellent cut out. If it is not right then you can re-edit the mask using a different brush size until it looks satisfactory. I would have liked an option to save the mask and an option to apply a background colour or image of my choice for previewing how the cut out will look, before clicking the OK button. The cut out can be dragged or copy pasted on top of another image or background. An excellent filter that will get used often.
This tool has been enhanced so now you can type directly on to a picture and re-edit or re-size the text at any stage. Text can also be applied to a path. Although not an earth shattering improvement, it is never the less a lot more user friendly than the previous text tool.
PaintShop Photo Pro follows a long line of versions, each time getting better and better. Many of the filters that were included with previous versions are still available in this latest edition, some of my favourites include; Time Machine, Infrared filter, BW filter, Picture Frame, Picture Tube etc. Looking beyond the filters, PaintShop Pro is an accomplished software application that should satisfy most users. PaintShop Photo Pro X3 is perhaps not outwardly that different from previous versions, but under the bonnet are many performance improvements to help speed up any digital workflow.
Great value for money
Excellent set of tools and filters
Interface and layout can be customised
Tool Options bar can look overwhelming
RAW Lab far too basic
Auto Preserve does not work when Applying Edit to several pictures
Windows within Graphite interface do not appear with Graphite colours
Value for money
Ease of use