When you peruse the greeting card aisle, you may feel like even the best cards still aren't perfect. Business card options can be limited and dull. Wedding announcements are missing that personal flair. Rather than choosing from generic cards or paying a professional designer, you can use creative printing software. You'll start with professionally designed templates for the most popular home print projects and then customize the text, font, graphics and images. You can even add your own photos to the projects you create.
When it comes to printing programs, a few stand out among the rest. The best software – including Print Artist Platinum, PrintMaster Platinum and Page & Layout Designer – offer thousands of templates and graphics and hundreds of fonts to choose from to customize your creations, making them personal, heartfelt and exactly to your liking. Check out our articles on creative printing software for project ideas and tips to make your creations look like professional designs.
There are many software choices for creative printing, and they all offer different templates, tools and capabilities. When choosing a printing solution, consider the following aspects before making your decision.
One of the major features that print software programs offer is professionally designed templates. Some of the more popular are for greeting cards, scrapbook pages, brochures, business cards and letterhead. Some programs allow you to edit more than others do, but at the very least, you should be able to edit the text and images in the templates, even replacing stock photos with your own.
Another aspect to consider is what you can do with your projects after you complete them. All programs allow you to print your projects, but some allow you to export them to different file formats, such as PDF or JPEG. Some programs allow you to use mail merge to email your projects, which is a handy tool when sending a large number of invitations or announcements. Some programs allow you to share your creations directly on social media sites, such as Facebook or Instagram.
Graphic & Image Tools
Most print software programs have their own graphics or images library where you can choose from thousands of stock images. Many programs allow you to add your own photos to your creations, some making it as simple as dragging and dropping them directly into the program.
Some printing programs provide more editing options than others, and some allow you to add effects to images. Look for the ability to crop, resize, rotate and adjust brightness, contrast and sharpness. Many programs offer special color effects like black and white, sepia or inverted colors. Some also offer drawing tools so you can add your own effects.
Most programs offer hundreds of font options so you can personalize your creations. Text effects are also fun tools to add personal flair. Look for the ability to add special effects, rotate direction and manipulate spacing. Some programs offer spell-checkers to help ensure your projects are error free.
Help & Support
Because most creative printing programs are fairly intuitive, there are fewer help and support options than with other software, but these services are still useful. Some manufacturers offer online FAQs, forums or a knowledgebase along with ways to contact customer support by email, live chat or telephone.
Creative printing software allows you to create professional-looking and attractive home print projects without the cost of professional designers. You don't have to settle for not-quite-right birthday greetings or impersonal announcements. Templates give you a great place to start, and from there, you can customize the text, graphics and images to create projects you can be proud to show off.