Welcome, CS users!

Following the recent announcement made by Adobe regarding their shift to a  purely subscription model for future versions of Illustrator, Photoshop and the  rest of their Creative Suite products, we’ve heard from many CS users looking  for alternatives. As stated before, we strongly believe in providing users choice to purchase your software the way you want.

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So we’re doing just that-giving Adobe customers choices. I’m happy to announce a special offer for CS4, CS5 and CS6 customers around the world (some restrictions apply). From now until August 30th, 2013, owners of eligible Adobe products can purchase a wide range of Corel products at the upgrade price, including CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6, Painter 12, PaintShop Pro X5, PaintShop Pro Ultimate X5, Photo & Video Suite X5, VideoStudio Pro X6, VideoStudio Ultimate X6 and AfterShot Pro.

The process is simple. After trying our products for free, owners of Adobe products can buy the Upgrade version of the Corel software that matches their needs. There is a short form to fill out in order to confirm eligibility, and we’ll send an email with installation instructions shortly after.

Owners of following Adobe products are eligible for this offer:

  • Creative Suite CS4/CS5/CS6
  • Photoshop CS4/CS5/CS6
  • Illustrator CS4/CS5/CS6
  • Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6

To help new users get started during the test period, Corel provides a large collection of learning resources in-product and online. Check out our Discovery Center for a great collection of tutorials, product tips and training options. Visit our online communities and Facebook pages to interact with other Corel users around the world, and check out our product pages on Corel.com for links to specific tips & tricks, tutorials and much more!

If you are a Corel software user already and have friends and colleagues using Adobe products, simply point them to www.corel.com/cs so that they have an opportunity to try an alternative that might be better suited for them.

This post was originally published in Gérard’s blog on CorelDRAW.com. Find out more posts from Gérard in the CorelDRAW community.

About Gérard Métrailler

I am Corel’s Executive Vice President of Global Products, responsible for developing and maintaining worldwide product strategy across all of Corel's software brands including CorelDRAW, MindManager, ClearSlide and WinZip. Originally from Switzerland, I speak English, French and German. In my free time, you can find me enjoying his private pilot license, flying out of Ottawa's local Rockcliffe airport. All posts I do online (blogs, social networks, ...) are my own and don’t necessarily represent Corel’s positions, products, strategies or opinions.
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55 Responses to Welcome, CS users!

  1. Willie says:

    Thanks for the welcome Corel! We really appreciate it. Its good to know that there are still good companies with choices out there. I am a Mac user and would love to have a native Mac version of CorelDraw for out business. Hopefully, this is something to look forward in the near future.
    We just don’t like using windows and it would be an extra expense besides the Corel software.

    But we are defenitely telling everyone we know (including our windows based clients which are also looking for alternatives to Adobe), about this nice offer. We do appreciate your efforts to earn our business! We want to give it to you.

  2. photoman72 says:

    I wished now that I would have held off in purchasing CorelDRAW x6! Would have been nice to get it at a upgrade price! Oh well I guess hindsight is a wonderful thing.

  3. gkdantas says:

    Nothing for Elements users????

    • Willie says:

      There could be. The Mac user computer market has grown a lot in the last few years and Corel could choose target that market and go after Adobe Ekement users that are looking to make a switch. It can be a very lucrative market. We’ll see what happens.

      • gkdantas says:

        I am using already PaintShop Pro X5 since Elements had trouble with Win 7 64bits and the only answer was to upgrade, so I decided to get Corel again a try and I am in love with PSP, much more tools and things to use for less price then Elements. Just need a 64bit version now.

  4. Cassel says:

    Is Element going to the subscription mode too? Maybe this offer from Corel is for those whose program will no longer be available in perpetual license (download or box) and maybe PSE will stay available in those formats, so you would not be required to switch to the subscription mode. Someone correct me if i am wrong though.

    • Scott says:

      Elements is not, yet. I think Adobe knows they’d loose that market if they did (but as they’ve shown its probably premature to overestimate the abilities of Adobe executives).

  5. Stefan says:

    Thank you very much for your efforts, really appreciated, but since you don’t offer OSX versions your proposal is unfortunately completely unappealing to me. Sorry. but I will never ever switch to Windows. I would rather switch to Linux but never to Windows but this is a different story. And in this conjunction I would really appreciate to see appropriate OSX versions and that you’re going to close the gap to Adobe feature-wise very soon. Anyway hopefully you’re taking this big chance to get a big share of the market in order to cut off Adobes monopoly position and to have at least to players in this market. This would be extremely beneficial for all of us!. With that said… all the best and good luck!

  6. William Boswell says:

    Are we able to switch from single Adobe products to the Corel suite, or do we have to own a full Creative Suite. I always purchased individual products from Adobe like Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, InDesign, and Acrobat.

  7. I find Corel PSP X5 very capable and I will eventually migrate from PS to a future 64 bit version of it. But Just like PS Elements, it lacks the finesse of PS CS6 tools, like showing the texture in the brush while cloning (which is very useful for accurate cloning) and the feathering in brushes. But it does get the job done, the clicking on a specific tone with the eye dropping tool and having it in the right spot on Curves…. Corel has a winner if they can just port PSP to 64 bit and add a couple of these fine touches, they are very small in terms of development but with very high impact/visibility.

    • Greg Wood says:

      Hi Levin,
      Thanks for your message. At this time, as you know, PSP is not 64-bit. 64-bit is something that is top of mind for us, but that’s all we can say at this time. Please stay in touch!

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  9. YS says:

    Good to see alternatives, and I might even do a piece on the alternatives. One thing I must feedback now: If you guys want to catch a large slice of the pie, you need to improve on raw support for cameras – currently this is where Adobe is king.

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  13. chad says:

    I am also a Mac user looking for alternatives to Adobe’s new subscription model. Too bad Corel no longer supports the Mac platform.

  14. I would pick up CorelDraw Suite today if I could get it for my Mac. I continue to have performance issues with emulators and so I’m forced to swap over to my aging PC (CorelDraw X3) anytime I need to work in CorelDraw. I haven’t bought an updated version for my PC because it is so old, and I’ve been holding off on buying a Mac suite because you don’t offer one and Adobe annoys me. I had almost gotten over my dislike of them when they announced this stupid subscription thing.

    So, make a Mac native version and I’m yours again tomorrow.

  15. Andrea Hoppe says:

    Thanks, Corel please make a Mac native version and i will buy the Suite.

  16. mcwhite says:

    Corel Draw for Mac and I am all yours !!!

  17. Old Tech says:

    Add a Mac version. That is what a large part of the advanced photo world uses. You need a native Mac version–Parallels and Bootcamp won’t do. Why leave a huge part of the market to Adobe?

    Beta-Test and error proof your product before release. Don’t release anything until the bugs are out of it. Don’t even consider releasing a program unless it has been exhaustively tested and considered bug-free.

    Multithreaded support.

    64-bit support, so users can use more than 3.5 gigabytes of my RAM.

    Use of hardware acceleration through directx or OpenGL. All computers now come with graphics acceleration, this extra processor should be utilized to improve performance.

    Magnetic selection tool like Adobe or Serif to pick out areas on the photo. Magic wand and edge detection are insufficient for some tasks. You need a sophisticated variety of extraction/selection tools.

    Additional clone brush shapes similar to Photoline.

    Content aware fill and replacement like Adobe Photoshop CS6.

    Spot Healing Brush that has a context sensitive aware option that fills in the removed elements with the surrounding material. No distortion troubles as on Smart Carver.

    Adobe also has a PhotoMerge with a cleaner to remove unwanted objects, again using surrounding material, and several useful photo merge tools.

    Copy the Picasa collage builder. Picasa’s collage builder allows one to add photos in any position, size and number.

    Combine express lab into one-step photo fix for a quick photo edit. This way the user would not have to switch back and forth between Express Photo Lab and the Smart Photo Fix. Combining the best features of both in a pop up side panel would save time and make the program easier to use.

    Smart Photo Fix applies the “suggested fixes” before I can make adjustments. Because of this I have to undo the “suggested fixes” and then apply my fixes. Currently, suggested settings are applied without my requesting them, I am forced to correct all the settings back to zero before making enhancements. This is very inconvenient. Every time I want to adjust saturation, shadows or highlights I am forced to go through all of the settings and set them to zero so I can make one change to the photo. This is a pain!

    Export photo as a PDF with possible attribute modification so that when it’s on the web it can’t be changed, copied or have any part of it extracted EVEN perhaps password protection to limit editing.

    Restore the ability to sample curves points from the image and numeric entry of curve points. This was requested for years before being introduced in PSP 9 then was removed in PSPP XI when the curves dialogue was turned into a Photoshop look alike, that was dumbed down compare to both the older version and Photoshop.

    More adjustment layers, especially for a new improved Histogram Adjustment tool, Local Tone Mapping and Vibrancy.

    A full Paint Shop Pro support website with tips and tricks, tutorials and a user forum.

    Keep the good features:

    – Faster than Photoshop CS6 (PSP is slower than it used to be)

    – Doesn’t require a layer for every change

    – Customizable toolbars (put any icon on your toolbar)

    – Great clarify function

    There is a huge gap in the market between your $40-100 program and CS5 at $700. Maybe the best solution is to split what is now Paintshop Pro into two products; one aimed at the less sophisticated user and another aimed at advanced photo editors. There are some really good tools built into PSP, however, the fluff (browser, Express Photo Lab, Photo Downloader, Photo Viewer) and the bugs result in a program too slow and cumbersome to attract real photo editors. You can sell a Pro Edition between $150-$200 program–but it has to be trouble free, fast and reliable.

  18. Giorgio says:

    An alternative to Adobe Creative Suite? Yes indeed! I use both Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop professionally. I never understood the reason for Corel’s decline; considering Paint Shop Pro IS actually good software. I find that many features are better than Adobe’s. The layer panel is a total mess in PS. Instead, in PSP it’s clean, simple and has equivalent features. PSP supports temporary layers, which allow you to do more things with a selection without first pasting its content in an empty new layer. The Liquify version of PSP is just awesome. It allows you to warp the image within the main window with layers and layer effects in real-time. However, PS’ version is not even close to it. On the other hand, Corel should do more about PSP’s stability. Sometimes the interface isn’t responsive as it should be, and sometimes keyboard-hooks fail. PS uses memory better, and also utilizes hardware acceleration. Honestly, PS is better for professional HQ printing. It has many tools; and its stability helps a lot working on huge resolutions. but PSP is perfectly fine for any other case. Both PS and PSP have basic vector drawing support, but in my opinion usage is easier in PSP. PS can only have one mask per layer, but PSP allows all the masks you want. This is not an exhaustive list of between the two. If you are a web designer, you should especially give PSP a try. How about the price of PSP? Sometimes it’s less than 1/20th of PS’ price! I’m here to help if anyone wants to know if some feature is present in PSP that is available in PS.

  19. thefrecklepuny says:

    Trying out the CD X6 trial right now with about 10 days left. Getting back into the swing of things. I used to use CD from 7 thru to 12. However, ditched CD for Adobe CS thru 1 – 4 (sorry)!!!

    However, being an owner of CS4 Design Std., I understand I am eligible for the upgrade. Do I HAVE to purchase the upgrade from Corel to qualify? Or can I purchase it elsewhere and still install using my CS4 serial number?

    P.S. Looking to come back to CD as I too am not too thrilled about Adobe’s rental system! Amazed at how easy certain things still are to do in CD. Still getting used to the non-Adobe interface though!

    • Gérard Métrailler says:

      You can purchase the upgrade for CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 from Corel.com or any authorized resellers. Once you have purchased your upgrade, you will need to fill out a form with all the details to get your unlock code (www.corel.com/cs has the link to the form). And regarding the Adobe interface, go to Tools > Options > Workspace and click on “Adobe Illustrator”. That will reconfigure the look & feel of CorelDRAW to be similar to AI and help the transition back 😉

  20. thefrecklepuny says:

    Great! This is different to what a woman at Corel’s sales team told me today! She said I’d have to purchase via Corel.com/co.uk which I though odd and rather restrictive!

    So to clarify, should I purchase the upgrade via someone like Amazon, I should be okay?

    • Gérard Métrailler says:

      Amazon is an authorized reseller of Corel software (marketplace sellers on Amazon are usually not).

  21. Bev Ward says:

    Can Paintshop Pro match Lightroom? I love this program, its so easy to use but am looking to move away from adobe. Paintshop pro seems to get the best reviews on the market but compares it to Elements, which isnt as advanced as CS6 which I also own. I have difficulty using CS6 anyway so am looking for an alternative, though preferably with similar usage to lightroom. Thanks.

    • Willie says:

      The Corel version of Lightroom is AfterShot Pro. Available for Mac and PC.
      Download the demo and give it a try. It’s very good!

      • Fukapon says:

        No way. AfterShot Pro which is hardly updated won’t be instead of Lightroom.
        It disappoints me, then I recommend Bev to keep Adobe.

      • Willie says:

        The reason Bev is probably here is to stay away from Adobe and looking for alternatives.
        I recommend that she download the demo version of AfterShot Pro and decide based on that. On a Mac she can also look at Aperture. For free apps, she can look at DarkTable. But I would definitely stay away from Adobe at this point.

      • Txo Ni says:

        It doesn’t support new cameras though. After long using it even before Corel bought it over), now that I own a Canon 6D I noticed I have to find something else. No new cameras are being added.

      • Gérard Métrailler says:

        The latest update of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 (X6.3) added support for the Canon 6D (plus the Canon EOS 6D, 1DX, SX50 / Casio EX-ZR100 / Fuji X-E1 & XF1 / Pentax K-5 II (s) / Samsung EX2F). If you need support for the 6D in CorelDRAW / Corel PHOTO-PAINT, make sure to install the latest update.


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  23. thefrecklepuny says:

    Dunno if this is the right place to post this. Is there an easy way to convert Illustrator swatches to CorelDraw patterns / colours?

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  25. AbiJ says:

    Am looking forward to CZd, mac user… Will never use windows / pc

  26. Don H. says:

    The link to validate my Corel CS upgrade purchase via the online application at http://www.corel.com/cs-cross-grade is not working. The error message is:
    “The page you are looking for is not found or down for maintenance.
    Sorry for the inconvenience. We’ll be back shortly.”
    It’s been broke for at least two days. Anyone know what the problem is with the online form?

  27. John says:

    CorelDRAW rocks, period!

  28. thefrecklepuny says:

    As a former CS4 Des Prem user Looking to upgrade to either CD X6 or Serif PagePlus and DrawPlus. Which gives the greater capability? Looking to create personalised greeting cards.

    The thing is, I’m comfortable in CD despite not using it since ver 12! Like many of its features better than Illustrator and could use it to do much of the InDesign stuff I did before.

    I have NEVER used a Serif product, and that what scares me. The free Serif starter editions are crap and stripped of anything usable. Serif do have a generous 2 month money back guarantee which is good. However, can’t get Corel out of my mind. I sort o feel that Serif products are just not as professional. As unbiased as possible, what do you guys think?


    • Willie says:

      My experience with Serif products have been nothing but good. For instance SerifDraw runs beautifully on a Mac running windows emulation software, while CorelDraw is very slow.
      Both products, CorelDraw and SerifDraw would be better if they would support Multiple platforms. We o have a lot of Macs in our shop.

      I wouldn’t say that Serif products are not Professional. They work great.

  29. thefrecklepuny says:

    Sorry, typo. Should’ve said CS4 Des Std.

  30. thefrecklepuny says:

    Well, got CorelDraw X6 last week. Took advantage of the CS – CD upgrade offer!!! Have it installed and running on Win 8! A bit of a culture shock in some ways due to running Adobe CS for several years. On the other hand, I have used CD 7, 9 and 12 in the past so some things were still familiar. Still getting used to the text handling which I find very different to Illustrator.

    One thing I cannot fathom as of yet. When increasing paragraph spacing, there is no difference to the appearance when using the paragraph properties docker to increase the % of character height. makes no difference when I select a paragraph with the text tool or highlight a whole paragraph block with the same text tool. What happens instead is the line spacing increases as well as the space between individual paragraphs. In Illustrator, this spacing seemed a lot easier.

    What am I doing wrong, if anything???

    • photoman72 says:

      So you are trying to increase spacing between paragraphs?

      You will need to use either paragraph before or after spacing attributes in the paragraph docker. This will adjust the spacing in the paragraphs. This feature works a lot like it does in Indesign and more recent Adobe products.

      If you are wanting to control leading (space between lines of text), there are two ways to do this in CorelDraw. One is through the character attributes panel and the second one is to select the text and then select the shape tool. The down facing arrows that appear at the bottom left of the text control the leading. Just hover over that symbol and click and drag.

      Hopefully this was a help to you.

  31. Charles Burke says:

    I would like to add my voice to those asking for a native Mac version. I realize that it would be a lot of work, but obviously you have some very talented programmers and I do believe you would capture enough market share to make it worth your time and effort.

    It was just yesterday I was driving home, wishing Corel had a Mac only version.

  32. Mario says:

    I want to buy upgrade Corel X6. I have adobe cs5. But in this link
    I see, that I must give You my serial number of Adobe softwarte. It is true?? Because it is my privacy data. I can send You a receipt which approve that I am owner of Adobe software.

    • Michaela Schreiter says:

      Hi Mario,

      If you would like, you can contact our Customer Service team to validate your ownership. Send us a private message on Facebook with your contact information and we will make sure someone gets in touch shortly. https://www.facebook.com/Corel


  33. Jose Valenzuela says:

    Only when you have Corel Draw on MAC OSX

  34. Andy says:

    CorelDRAW for Mac would be awesome.
    I’m really hoping CorelDRAW X7 will be available for Mac.
    Please make it happen.

  35. Tuna says:

    It shouldn’t be so hard. Before the x versions they released native mac versions. They even released both pc and mac versions in the same installation cds without extra charge. Hope they release a Mac version again.

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