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

With an abundance of powerful tools and an image library brimming with quality photographs and clip art, this creative printing software provides you with a versatile platform from which to create a host of memorable projects. With its combination of quality images, dynamic tools and user-friendly interface, PrintMaster Platinum captures our TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award.

Despite the depth of its features and tools, PrintMaster Platinum is surprisingly easy to grasp. The Greeting Card Wizard guides you by the hand as you create calendars, scrapbooks, posters, greeting cards and other projects.

Feature Set
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8.8/10
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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9.4
8.8
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Like most pieces of creative print software, PrintMaster Platinum helps you create projects such as posters, business cards, invitations and more. In addition, you can make photo greeting cards, animated greeting cards, gift tags, stickers, to-do lists, recipe cards, certificates and business cards. You also can create kitchen crafts, party goods, webpages and crafts for kids.

Another feature is the ability to create iron-on art. You can create colorful designs or slogans, and then print a mirror image onto iron-on transfer paper that can be permanently placed onto fabric.

With this tool, you can personalize T-shirts or sweatshirts for that special someone, jazz up children's pajamas, salute "The World's Greatest Chef" with a one-of-a-kind apron, make fabric wall hangings, print loving greetings or holiday menus onto cloth napkins, and basically just let your imagination run wild.

This application also provides an enhanced search option that lets you look through its large selection of templates to find matching sets. This speeds up things considerably and helps you create things like matching sets of party items (from invitations to party favor bags), matching stationery or themed cards of different sizes for events such as baby showers.

PrintMaster Platinum has improved its content search capabilities in the latest version, which means you can see bigger thumbnails of images as well as higher resolution previews.

Graphic & Image Tools
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7.5/10
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
10
9.4
7.5
8.8
9.1
4.4
7.5
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6.3
2.5

If you're looking for creative tools to work with clip art and photos, then PrintMaster Platinum has exactly what you need. With Photo Workshop, you can upload pictures, fix flaws, add a number of visual effects, alter shapes, impose text, apply borders and more. You can even adjust the color, brightness and focus of your photos. Each tool category provides an assortment of options that help you make some clever changes to your original photo. Photo Workshop also has helpful hints that illustrate each tool.

Text Tools
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7.9/10
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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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8.8
7.9
8.8
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The text tools in PrintMaster Platinum allow you to rotate body text to any degree, change colors, match colors with an eyedropper tool and more.

Where PrintMaster Platinum really shines is its headline text and title text tools. The enhanced headlines capability on this creative printing software means you can add some splashy special effects to your text. You can change the color gradient on a headline, add a drop shadow or change its depth, apply a bevel effect or shape the headline wording into whimsical styles, including shapes like arcs and swirls.

You can also set the proportion of the text to get just the look you want. For headlines that really catch the eye, we recommend trying one of the latest and most entertaining flourishes: a fun 3D effect that will jazz up greeting cards, banners, posters and virtually any project imaginable.

Ease of Use
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7.5/10
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
8.8
10
7.5
8.8
8.5
8.3
5.6
8.8
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Before diving into PrintMaster Platinum, you have the option of creating a new project from scratch or selecting one of the software's templates. The latest update of PrintMaster includes even more templates for you to customize.

The control panel is designed to be simple enough for users of any skill level to learn. Most of the tools are easily visible, and you can right click your mouse while working for instant access to editing tools with this creative printing software.

One feature you will find particularly helpful is PrintMaster Platinum's drag-and-drop capability. This means you can easily position your photos and card elements exactly where you want them. The software allows you to quickly make any necessary changes to your images, such as removing red eye, enhancing colors or employing creative special effects such as sepia tones or black and white.

Help & Support
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9.4/10
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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
10
9.4
9.4
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8.4
8.8
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Not only does Broderbund offer telephone, email and live chat support, but Print Master also links to a built-in help center where you can access helpful tutorials. While we applaud Broderbund for offering comprehensive tutorials, we were disappointed in the wait time we experienced before we could speak to a customer service representative over the phone. Once we were connected to customer support, service was friendly and helpful.

PrintMaster Platinum Summary:
8.1/10

If you're looking for creative printing software equipped with a large selection of tools and features, PrintMaster Platinum by Broderbund is an excellent choice. This application works wonderfully for personal projects such as scrapbooking, making attractive calendars to give as gifts and creating recipe cards. It also offers a host of useful tools and capabilities that most small business owners would find quite helpful.

 
 
 

PrintMaster Platinum 2012

Pros
An extensive and polished image library makes customization fun and satisfying.

Cons
Phone support can be sluggish; we waited quite some time before being connected to a representative.

The Verdict
: 8.1/10

With a vast image library, an array of customizable fonts and potent editing tools, this software is great for families, business professionals and anyone wanting to create custom calendars, brochures and other professional-looking projects.