Creative Printing Software Review

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Why Creative Printing Software?

Creating a customized journal, greeting card or other personalized project is not only quick and affordable, but it's a heartfelt gesture your sweetheart or dear friend will remember for a lifetime. Customized scrapbooks, journals and t-shirts also make ideal birthday and holiday gifts, as they reflect a personalized touch store-bought products simply cannot duplicate. Creative printing software suites, such as Print Artist Platinum, The Print Shop Deluxe and PrintMaster Platinum, feature all the tools and features you need to create the project of your dreams.

Creating professional-looking calendars, greeting cards, scrapbooks and other similar projects once required slaving away for hours in front of your computer with complex and expensive software, or alternately, heading to your local printing shop, where a custom printing job could set you back thousands of dollars. Now, Budget-friendly creative printing software revolutionizes the hobby, enabling you to produce print-house quality projects at a fraction of the cost. The quality project templates and powerful editing tools allow you to create a host of professional-looking projects that rival, if not surpass, similar items that can be purchased at your local store. Find out more information on creating fun personalized projects with our articles on creative printing.

Creative Printing Software: What to Look For

Here are the criteria we used to rank the above programs:

Feature Set
It is important to compare the types of projects you'd like to create to the projects offered by the various creative printing applications. The breadth of projects offered can vary drastically. Some creative printing programs offer a wide array of projects, such as calendars, journals, scrapbooks, post cards, and t-shirts, while others limit their project catalog to just a few basic projects like greeting cards and calendars. Purchasing creative printing software that supports a large number of projects ensures you will have the necessary project template when inspiration hits.

Graphic & Image Tools
Most creative printing applications come with vast libraries of clip art and photographs, and they come equipped with powerful photo editors, allowing you to crop, resize and even add dazzling effects to your images. While image libraries vary in size and quality, the better creative printing applications combine a large image catalog with quality graphics.

Text Tools
Adding that personal touch to a greeting card, postcard or other similar project requires adding a heartfelt sentiment. Today's creative printing software includes hundreds if not thousands of exciting fonts you can select and manipulate. Gone are the days of only being able to resize or bold your text. The best creative printing applications allow you to apply numerous dazzling effects to your text as well as position your text along curves.

Ease of Use
The best creative printing software comes with a clean and user-friendly interface, allowing you to spend time creating your project instead of wading through pages of tutorials and help files. First-rate applications also guide you through the project building process with on-screen tutorials. All of the application's tools should require no more than one or two clicks to access.

Help & Support
While having the ability to contact the manufacturer via email and telephone is expected, a few creative printing software manufactures allow you to ask questions via live chat. With live chat, you can speak to a representative immediately and one-on-one, something email support is simply unable to provide. All creative printing applications should also come with a warranty or money-back guarantee.

Creative printing is an exciting and budget-friendly hobby that allows you to customize professional-looking greeting cards, journals, scrapbooks and much more in the comfort of your own home.

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Rank #1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
Print Artist Platinum The Print Shop Deluxe PrintMaster Platinum Print Perfect Gold Print Workshop Deluxe PagePlus Design & Print Business Edition Hallmark Card Studio Greeting Card Factory Deluxe Print Creations
Print Artist Platinum The Print Shop Deluxe PrintMaster Platinum Print Perfect Gold Print Workshop Deluxe PagePlus Design & Print Business Edition Hallmark Card Studio Greeting Card Factory Deluxe Print Creations
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Lowest Price
Visit Print Artist Platinum 24
$49.95
Visit The Print Shop Deluxe 3.0
$49.99
Visit PrintMaster Platinum 2012
$34.99
Visit Print Perfect Gold
$9.99
Visit Print Workshop Deluxe 2011
$19.96
Visit PagePlus X6
$99.99
Visit Design & Print Business Edition
$39.95
Visit Hallmark Card Studio 2012
$29.99
Visit Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 9
$49.95
Visit Print Creations 3
$29.99
Ratings
9.83
9.32
8.10
8.07
7.98
7.33
7.18
6.73
6.50
5.58
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
10.00
10.00
10.00
8.75
10.00
9.38
9.38
8.75
10.00
9.38
8.75
7.50
7.88
7.50
9.38
7.50
8.75
8.75
8.75
5.00
8.75
9.13
6.88
8.50
5.00
6.88
4.38
9.38
8.25
9.38
6.25
7.50
8.25
5.63
8.38
3.13
6.25
8.75
8.75
8.75
2.50
6.25
8.75
8.38
8.75
3.13
2.50
8.13
8.38
8.75
 
Features
Templates 25,000+ 21,000 19,000 3,000 26,400+ 1,100+ 8,400 12,000+ 26,000 100+
Greeting Cards
Letterhead
   
Newsletters
  
Brochures
  
Business Cards
   
Posters
   
Banners
    
Web Pages
  
 
Certificates
  
 
Labels
 
 
 
Envelopes
 
   
CD Labels
 
   
Flyers
  
   
Backdrops
      
Forms
 
    
Spell Checker
 
 
Post Cards
 
   
Mail-Merge
       
CD Burning
 
     
Menus
  
    
Booklets
       
Calendars
  
 
 
Address Book
 
     
Scrapbook
 
  
 
Sentiments/Phrases  
 
     
Photo/Report Covers  
 
     
Graphic/Image Tool
Image Library 375,000+ 370,000 330,000 210,000 7 million+ 833 6 million 18,000+ 94,000  
Color Adjustments
Image Effects
Crop & Resize
 
Image Rotation
 
Shapes
 
 
Adjust Quality  
  
Text Tools
Fonts 1,000+ 750 600 450 560 100+ 10,000 550+ 1,200 200+
Text Effects
Text Rotation
Adjustable Spacing
 
Font Browser
 
 
Help/Support
FAQs section
 
Email Support
 
Telephone Support
  
 
Live Chat Support
   
 
Supported Configurations
Windows 8
  
Windows 7
 
Windows Vista
Windows XP