The Print Shop Deluxe from Broderbund is desktop publishing software that offers a wide range of project options, many text- and photo-editing tools and an appealing finished product. However, compared to other applications, it can take a bit of time to get used to navigating this software.

This software is equipped with more than 4,000 templates, 217,000 art gallery images and 600 fonts, so you get a sizeable selection of choices to help you create such things as brochures, business cards, newsletters, greeting cards, invitations, business forms and more. In addition, you can make matching stationery sets and publish web pages.

The Print Shop Deluxe comes with the capability to add gradients, shadows and transparency to pictures and graphics. You also can place frames and borders around them, crop and edit shapes to just the design you want and add drop shadows of various colors, depths and levels of crispness.

When working with photos, you can adjust color, make corrections and do spot touch-ups like removing wrinkles, blemishes and scars from people's faces and whitening their teeth.

With the text tools included with The Print Shop Deluxe, you can check your document for spelling errors, add effects to the body of the text and insert creative custom headlines. You can even produce greeting cards for every occasion, whether it is a whimsical birthday party invitation or a more serious religious-themed holiday card.

In addition to making projects from templates, you also can take blank templates of different sizes and prepare a project from scratch, adding whatever images, photos, text and other embellishments you choose until you get exactly what you want.

When it comes to printing, you can set precision alignments. You also can save your documents to PDF for professional printing if you choose. In addition, you can make use of the address book and event reminders capabilities should you create projects you want to mail.

If you have questions, Broderbund offers a knowledgebase with frequently asked questions, a user forum and telephone and email support. Unfortunately, you do not get live chat help, which can be quite useful if you need answers quickly.

The Print Shop Deluxe Summary:
7.6/10

Whether you want to construct a brochure for your business, invite people to a family reunion or issue a newsletter for a non-profit organization, The Print Shop Deluxe has tools and options you can use to design just the product you want. If would help if it were a bit easier to use, but overall this desktop publishing software is packed with enough project and design options to keep you busy for a long time.

 
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The Print Shop Deluxe 3.0

Pros
You get numerous design, editing and printing options for quite a few print creations.

Cons
The Print Shop Deluxe can be a little difficult to use.

The Verdict
: 7.63/10

The wide variety of templates and images make it possible to create exactly the printed project you have in mind.