Boasting an impressive arsenal of tools and features, The Print Shop Deluxe is a versatile creative printing solution. No other software in its class can match the sheer number of templates, powerful editing tools and host of other features. The vast array of projects and the number of ways you can customize them are limited only by your imagination.
Along with the depth and versatility of this software comes a bit of a learning curve. Your effort will be rewarded however, as you will be able to perform professional-quality editing, such as restoring teeth to a perfect white and eliminating any trace of wrinkles. With this in mind, we give this software our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award.
The feature set for this creative printing software package is extensive, colorful and quite up-to-date. The deluxe version provides guides, custom paper stocks and a mail merge function for your print projects. Your text can flow around an object and across columns, and you can even rotate it. The image-editing arsenal is equipped with handy options that let you experiment with transparency, change colors and edit shapes to suit a particular design. Images can be tagged to make them easier to locate. In addition, you can edit them with vector image editing or easy editing.
The variety of projects from which to choose range from whimsical birthday cards to school report covers to business newsletters. You can easily prepare greeting cards for all occasions, including accompanying envelopes, or you can make photo covers, postcards and more. A built-in address book and mail merge function makes it easy to share your creations with everyone on your list.
If you own a small business or belong to a community organization, this creative printing software will undoubtedly save you time and money on your printed products. With The Print Shop Deluxe, you can make attractive letterhead stationery, envelopes, posters, banners and business cards, all from your home computer and printer and at a fraction of the cost of what you would pay to have these produced professionally. In addition, you can print menus, flyers, brochures and booklets, and you can send items to your customers to keep your business brand in the forefront of their minds.
You can create calendars and publish to a webpage, which can be useful for fundraising for organizations, letting people know about your business or keeping in touch with far-flung relatives who want updates on what is happening with you and your family.
A fun new feature on the latest version of The Print Shop Deluxe is the ability to post to Facebook friends. You also get an address book and event reminders through imports from Gmail, Hotmail and Outlook.
Although the software is equipped with a plethora of templates and design options, Broderbund also offers designs for sale on their website. The company also sells assorted cardstock and paper products for you to purchase if you cannot locate the kind of paper you need for a special project.
The Print Shop Deluxe makes it fun to experiment with your photos and clipart. You can crop pictures to any shape and resize them just the way you want. With the flaw-fixing tools, you can eliminate red eye, fix scratches, remove dust and even add special effects. You can distort photos; play with transparency, switch color photos to black and white and much more.
You can also smooth away wrinkles, erase any scars or blemishes and whiten a person's teeth. Imagine how pleased your loved ones will be to find printed projects that feature them at their best, even if you started by working with a picture that was less than flattering. The Hot Shots Viewer allows you to access your favorite photos, images, headlines and logos easily and then drag them directly into your projects.
Like most Broderbund products, this software package allows you to create fun, interesting paragraphs, headlines and anything else you can think of using written text. You can create drop shadows, wrap text around an image and add unique shapes to the text.
You can create custom headlines or choose from ready-made headline formats. Each tool allows you to view the results before adding elements to your print projects.
We did not run into any problems while installing this software. However, the installation process did take quite a long time. With The Print Shop Deluxe, there is a bit of a learning curve before you can feel confident. To assist you in getting started, there are several tutorials, features and helpful hints that can be turned on or off at will under the general options folder of the file menu. The Broderbund website also has a How-To Resources section with a number of short video tutorials. These instruct on everything from adjusting fonts to wrapping text around objects.
With this creative printing software, you can use nearly every tool with just a click of the mouse. The Wizard Design technology breaks everything down into a systematic sequence that guides you as you are using the application.
If you have questions, this product offers useful video tutorials on its website, as well as a section that provides answers to commonly asked questions. You get email support and phone numbers in case you have questions about the software or need technical support. If you have questions that need immediate answers, the live chat support is a helpful option.
The sheer number of templates, images and tools bundled in The Print Shop Deluxe sets it apart from the other creative printing software products that we reviewed. Not only can you create impressive print projects, you can share your projects with friends using messenger programs or even publish your projects to a webpage. Once you learn to find your way around this software, the projects you can create are virtually limitless.
Professional-grade editing tools will have your projects looking flawless.
This software takes some time to fully master.
The Print Shop Deluxe is an elite creative printing application with an extensive graphics library, a broad selection of templates and excellent photo editing tools.