A computer monitor and various image editing tools.
A computer monitor and various image editing tools.

Image editing: PaintShop Pro explainer 3 of 5

Open an image and apply basic colour correction using PaintShop Pro

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Open an image and apply basic colour correction.


Name of explainer: Open an image and apply basic colour correction.

Creative theme: Image editing

Software used: PaintShop Pro

User level: BEGINNER

This is explainer 3 of 5 in this series

This series includes:

  1. Open an image, resize it and save it
  2. Open an image, rotate it and crop it
  3. Open an image and apply basic colour correction
  4. Open an image and add text
  5. Create a new image with a single-colour background

The Software

This series of beginner explainers uses PaintShop Pro. You can download a free 30 day demo version at Corel’s website. (PC only).

A screen shot of the paintshop pro website.
A screen shot of the paintshop pro website.

This month we’re also running explainer series for Photoshop (which requires a paid monthly or yearly subscription) and GIMP (which is completely free).

The pre-requisities

This is a BEGINNER workflow explainer, so you just need to install and open the software. We’ll take it from there.

If you’re new to IT / computing, you may need help downloading and installing the software. Start with a search for ‘how do i install paintshop pro’ or speak with someone who’s familiar with downloading and installing.

Why would I do this?

Colour correction is useful for a variety of image-editing tasks, from making images ‘pop’ by boosting the contrast and saturation to adding colour to black and white images or applying filters to create a stylised look or evoke a mood. In this explainer we open a photo that looks ‘flat’ and adjust the brightness, contrast and ambience.

Let’s do it!

You can download the image used in this explainer from the section further down this page.

Click the play icon to watch this video. Subtitles are available – Click the settings cog at the bottom right for options. You can also watch this video full-screen by clicking the full-screen icon at the bottom right.

Good to know

Most image editing software includes lots of one-click filters or ‘looks’. Depending on your project they may be all you need, so feel free to try them out!

For more help with color-correction in PaintShop Pro, see their help guide.

How to change photo color in adobe photoshop pro.
How to change photo color in PaintShop Pro.

Where to next?

Looking at PaintShop Pro’s ‘Adjust’ menu (below), you can see sub-menus and options relating to colour enhancement. Feel free to try them out and be sure you try the ‘One Step Photo Fix’ as it can be a great time-saver. Remember you can use UNDO (found in the EDIT menu) if something goes wrong.

New in recent versions of PaintShop Pro is the ‘Artificial Intelligence’ menu item highlighted below. If you have a selfie or portrait image to hand, try out ‘AI Portrait Mode’ and see what you think of the results!

Remember, this is part of a series of explainers for this software – Join us again for the other explainers in the series 🙂

Download the image used in this explainer

You’re welcome to download this image for your personal use only.

Notes and updates

There are no notes or advisories at this time. This video explainer was last updated in February 2023. This page was last updated in March 2024.

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This is number 3 of 15 explainer videos available in image editing month! Make sure you check out the others!