TopTenREVIEWS - Silver Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

PrintMaster Platinum offers templates for the most popular home projects, including greeting cards, scrapbooks and business card printing, and it has dozens of templates for crafts and children's art projects. The intuitive user interface, the simplicity of adding and editing images, and the large selection of beautiful templates are the reasons why PrintMaster Platinum is the winner of our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award for creative printing software.

Features
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9.4/10
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This printing software has a long list of beautiful and professional-looking templates. You can select from over 4,300 organized by category, or you can search for a template by keyword. Once you make your selection, editing the elements within it is easy. The original template stays in view at the bottom of the screen so you can see the changes you've made.

The user interface is easy to understand and navigate. All of the design and editing tools are located on the left of the screen. You can expand or collapse any tool as you like, but when you select a specific element – clip art, graphic, image, text – the appropriate editing tool automatically opens, ready for your commands. At the bottom of the toolbar, you can preview your project, or you can print, export to shareable file types and even order professional prints of your projects. You can order photo albums and calendars you create directly from the manufacturer.

PrintMaster offers a number of fun projects in addition to the normal creative printing projects. You can create 3D photo cubes with your vacation pictures, customize place cards for a dinner party, print your own paper dolls and make matching party favors to create a theme.

Graphic & Image Tools
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9.4/10
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Print Creations
10
9.4
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This software has over 155,000 graphics to choose from, or you can easily drag and drop your own photos into the program. You can search for graphics by category, subcategory or keyword. When you add images or graphics, you have many options for editing them. Before you accept a photo you add, you can adjust the center of focus by zooming in or out and repositioning the image within the allotted template space. You also can rotate images and graphics to any degree, unlike in some programs that only allow you to rotate in 30- or 90-degree increments.

This software has many effects you can add to your graphics and images as well. A great feature is that you can control the opacity of any image or graphic, making it more or less visible. This means you can take one of your own photos, make it very faint and use it as the background for one of your projects without distracting from the more important elements on the document. You can also crop, mirror or flip, or add a drop shadow to your images.

Editing your photos is also easy. You can adjust the color and brightness, add color effects such as blur or negative, and remove red eye. This printing solutions software also lets you cut your photos into fun shapes or rip the edges. You can also use the drawing tools to add shapes, lines or paint.

Text Tools
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10/10
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Page & Layout Designer
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The Print Shop Deluxe
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Customizing your text is just as easy as editing the images, and you have many effects at your disposal. You can edit existing text in templates or you can add your own. When you add a new text box, you can type directly in it and use the editing tools on the side. If you misspell anything, the spell-checker will underline it in red. You can choose from over 750 font choices and adjust the size, alignment and color. You can add a drop shadow, rotate the textbox or adjust the opacity, the same as you can with graphics.

Help & Support
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6.3/10
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PrintMaster Platinum
Page & Layout Designer
Art Explosion Publisher Pro
Greeting Card Factory Deluxe
The Print Shop Deluxe
Microsoft Publisher
Hallmark Card Studio
Design & Print Business Edition
Print Creations
9.4
6.3
6.3
9.4
9.4
6.3
10
10
9.4
9.4

This software manufacturer offers limited help and support options. You can search for your answer in the online knowledgebase or FAQs, which provides an option to search by keyword, and the website has video tutorials on how to use the software. While the manufacturer provides a phone number for order support, there is no way to contact customer service for technical issues.

PrintMaster Platinum Summary:
9.2/10

PrintMaster Platinum helps you realize your creative visions with thousands of templates for the most popular print projects, like cards, scrapbooks and business cards, and other projects like photo cubes, party favors and paper dolls. You can choose from thousands of graphics and clip art or add your own photos with drag-and-drop convenience. You can edit and add effects to your images, text and fonts. Except for its limited help and support options, PrintMaster Platinum is one of the best creative printing software programs.

 
 
 

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Pros
You can choose from over 155,000 graphics and drag and drop your own photos into the program to customize your projects.

Cons
You cannot contact customer service by email or phone.

The Verdict
: 9.23/10

PrintMaster Platinum is one of the best creative printing software programs with its intuitive user interface and long list of features, templates and graphics.