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

Check out the latest version of Print Artist Platinum, our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award winning product. This versatile and easy-to-use desktop publishing software offers an enormous library of templates and graphics, as well as one of the sleekest and most intuitive interfaces around.

Creating printed products is easy with this software; simply find the template you want, add graphics, add text and you have a polished project that you can proudly share with anyone. If you prefer, you can also start from scratch with blank templates and personalize every aspect of your project. This application does lack a few photo editing and graphic tools for desktop publishing purposes. Overall, however, you get such a wealth of templates, graphics and fonts, as well as a healthy assortment of tools, that you can design excellent quality published products.

Features
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You certainly won't lack choices with this software since it includes more than 27,000 templates and more than 375,000 graphics. You can make greeting cards, banners, certificates, business cards, invoices, calendars and much more using this software.

Print Artist Platinum makes it simple to complete nearly any project using a straightforward three-step process. First, you select the category, event, occasion or theme from their huge library of designs. After that, you fill in your details and add a personal touch the project.

Finally, you print it out and share it with whomever you wish. You might fear that a process this simple would result in lackluster final products, but that couldn't be any further from the truth. With its sleek and easy-to-use interface, you can create any project you can think of without having to plod through a gigantic manual or having to learn how to use an overly complicated application. You will be impressed with what you can create using this software,as will anyone who gets to enjoy your printed creations.

Photo & Text Tools
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The extensive image library in Print Artist Platinum is full of a wide variety of project styles. The quality ranges from very polished and contemporary to rather dated and cheesy. If you want to use your own graphics, you can import photos from just about any place, including CDs, digital cameras, mobile phones, the internet and scanners. With this software, you get a small collection photo editing tools including cropping, removing redeye, and doing such things as improving the colors and correcting bad lighting in photos. While these editing tools will give you a lot of control over your project, other applications do offer more fine-tuned control over image editing.

Additionally, the photo tools do not include CMYK editing capabilities, which excludes color missing and separation, spot color and other characteristics. You also do not get Pantone color matching, which is a color matching system that includes coated, uncoated and matte looks for solid colors.

The text tools included with Print Artist Platinum work nicely, and you get more than 1,000 fonts. Most of the text effects are pre-formatted shortcuts to achieve a particular look with a single mouse click. Previously, Print Artist could be frustrating because it limped along with an unfortunate all-or-nothing approach within the text box. Previous versions wouldn't allow you to include two or more text styles or sizes in one text box, and you could not bold a word or increase its point size.

However, this issue no longer exists. With the improved text customization tools included in Print Artist Platinum, you can change fonts, point sizes, colors and more within the text box.
With the "Design from Scratch" option, you can control virtually all aspects of your projects. You also get fun text effects so you can play with words and letters by adding shadows, tilting or staggering the letters and more.

You get a handy spellchecker, but on the downside, you do not get a thesaurus or proofreader.

Ease of Use
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Print Artist Platinum has a clean, intuitive interface that is a breeze to use. There is also an extensive tutorial within the application to guide you through its more involved features. Print Artist Platinum also features a visually appealing and an icon menu bar that's easy to understand.

One drawback is that you cannot delete extra pages in predesigned projects, which can be a nuisance if you are trying to add a tiny personal touch to something that the software already provides. It’s a good idea to spend some time with the in-program tutorials as well as watching the brief video tour offered on the developer’s website to familiarize yourself with the different features.

Print Artist Platinum offers numerous ways to print or share your creations, from email and IM to print. It is easy to upload files to Facebook and YouTube. You also can save projects as PDFs to send to a print service if you decide not to use your home or work printer. In addition, you can burn slide shows to CD and make CD slideshows that you can view on TV.

Help & Support
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The manufacturer of Print Artist Platinum, Nova Development, gives you excellent help and support. You get a knowledgebase and a FAQs section, as well as helpful tutorials to get you started and guide you within the software. If you have questions, there is phone and email support, and Nova Development also provides live chat. However, the company does not have a support ticket system.

  

 

Print Artist Summary:
9.1/10

Print ArtistPlatinum is an excellent desktop publishing software product that's sure to fill the bill when it comes to your need to for custom printed products. With only a few exceptions, it has a little something for everyone. While the pre-set templates and text styles are not completely customizable, the large library of graphics and images mean you'll have plenty of choices as you created the project you have in mind.

 
 
 

Print Artist Platinum 24

Pros
You get an extremely large template and graphics library.

Cons
This software could use a few more photo editing and graphic tools.

The Verdict
: 9.13/10

Print Artist Platinum's abundance of templates, graphics and fonts more than compensate for the software's few drawbacks.