PROS / This software has a large and diverse image library.
CONS / It has limited options for customizing text.
VERDICT / While this software has a few limitations in its text tools, it still helps you create photo-centric, personalized projects.
Editor's note: A newer version of this product is available. The manufacturer lists the new version as offering the following features: custom border maker; import photos from Facebook and dynamic image control. We will evaluate, rank and review the new version of this product when we next update the Creative Printing Software reviews.
The Print Shop Deluxe is simple-to-use creative printing software. It offers thousands of graphics and hundreds of fonts so you can make your project look individually your own. Even though it has some text shortcomings, it is still a way of making your cards, posters and more look professional but unique.
This photo printing software offers over 4,800 templates, including greeting cards, invitations, banners and business cards. Unfortunately, it does not have scrapbook templates. You can browse the categories or search for a template or image by theme or keyword, or you can always create a project from scratch. When you select a template, you can add and edit text, change images, or add your own photos or any number of graphics from the internal library, which has over 193,000 graphics to choose from.
The editing tools allow you to further customize your projects. You can drag and drop your own photos into the program or use the stock images. No matter what image you choose, you can adjust aspects such as brightness, contrast and blur. You can correct red eye, blemishes and wrinkles. You also have the options to crop, resize or zoom in on your pictures to ensure the most important elements are the focus.
One downside to this print program is that there are few options and effects for your text. You can adjust the font, size and color, change the alignment, and flip or rotate 90 degrees. However, there are no text effects, such as embellishments, drop shadows or gradients.
After you finish your creation, you can print out the finished product, save it as a PDF, and share it on your favorite social media sites or send it out in an email. Using mail merge, you can quickly send out a large number of invitations or announcements without the cost of printing and postage. This print management software does not allow you to burn your projects to CD or DVD.
The software's manufacturer, Broderbund, offers solid help options, providing customer support via email form. You can check the website's knowledgebase and FAQs for answers to your questions. There is also a live chat feature that connects you to manufacturer representatives.
The Print Shop Deluxe is software that helps you create and personalize print projects, including greeting cards, invitations, business cards and letterhead. You can choose from thousands of templates and add any of thousands of graphics. You also can add your own photos with a simple drag and drop. The editing tools allow you to correct imperfections in your photos, and the text tools let you adjust the basic elements of your text. However, there are few text effects. Despite this and a few other limitations, this software offers plenty of options for personalizing your creations.