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Review: Corel Ulead PhotoImpact X3 Photo Editing & Enhancing Software

PhotoImpact X3Corel Ulead PhotoImpact X3 is a strong all-in-one image editing suite packed with features that give you excellent value for the money. It is suitable for beginning photographers as well as intermediate/advanced photography users, although there is a bit more of a learning curve than with some other photo editing software programs. For under $100, you get a full spectrum of features and tools to handle everything from everyday photo editing and enhancing tasks to advanced features rivaling products that cost much more, plus basic web page design, web graphics creation, drawing and painting, 3D capabilities, CD burning and other extras.

While not extensively upgraded from previous versions, new features in PhotoImpact X3 include rule of thirds crop and golden ratio crop, comic strip and collage creation, resize for email, cloud pen tool, slide show wizard, enhanced wizard for making DVD menus/labels, calendars and greeting cards.

Main Features

Ulead has a golden ratio crop guide
The Golden Ratio Crop creates an esthetically pleasing crop.

Other Editing Tools

Among the many other features are a Vignette tool, 11 filters to create effects such as motion blur or film grain, 7 Artistic effects such as stippling and engraving, 9 Painting effects such as decoupage and halftone, layer mask, enhanced text tool, enhanced path tool, 12 different Painting Tools such as Crayon and Charcoal, 14 retouching tools such as burn, remove scratch, a Touch-Up Tool, Stamp Tool and Color Picker

Web, DVD and Video Graphics

You can create DVD menu buttons, web and video objects, compress images into web-friendly formats, create web pages or blogs using pre-made templates and javascript effects, and more.


Print options include Print Multiple, Print Poster, and there are over 200 Preset Layouts.

Bonus Software

PhotoImpact ships with the full version of Corel® Painter™ Essentials 3, a complete home art studio enabling you to draw or paint original artwork, or enhance your photos with paint effects. It also comes with the full version of Corel Media One media management.

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