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What Program do you usually use for your Design and Printing Needs?



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What Program do you usually use for your Design and Printing Needs?

Ever since I was in highschool I've been using Printmaster for my designs and printing needs.  It's the best easy to used design software program ever made.  It produces professional results and has access to an unlimited source of templates, photos and other tools.

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vinaya

I have never heard of Printmaster. I use photoshop for graphic designing. Usually, I use my own images (I am also a hobbyist photographer), however, when I am in need to graphics and vector designs, I go to freepik. By paying $9 every month, I get an access to a lot of designs. I can even do 100 downloads every day.



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fishbate

Me neater, i have never heard of Printmaster. I have an old software called PrintShop where you can design business cards and others from scratch. They have good templates and lots of available images. Its like a Microsoft publisher with some features of photoshop.



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Kakashi2020

I use Photoshop mostly as an editing software but when it comes to basic and even advance designing work I use Printmaster it has a simple tool setup making designing easy, you could also import from Photoshop.



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DarthHazard

What is Printmaster exactly? This is actually the first time that I have ever heard of it and it sounds quite interesting. Is it some sort of an editing/design software like photoshop? Or is it some sort of a printing service like the name suggests?



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vinaya

Well I also don't know about Printmaster. A quick Google search told me Printmaster is a software that is available for PC and Mac which can be used to design logo, brochure, business cards etc. basically, Printmaster is a graphic designing program. Correct me if I am wrong.



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DarthHazard

Thanks for the quick answer vinaya. I had a quick look on Google as well and it does seem that you are right. It is a program that helps to design things like brochures, leaflets and business cards etc. It is a paid software though which makes me think that a software like Microsoft Publisher might be better since it can do the same thing.



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vinaya

Or perhaps you can use a program like canva for your design needs. It is free to use. However, if you want to use premium templates, you will have to pay a price.



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DenisP

I didn't know what Printmaster was until this post as well, so I decided to google it like you guys. Upon first impression, it kind of gives me these "amateurish" vibes. Maybe it isn't a bad tool, but as a snobby graphic design major, it seems like the kind of program that my mom would use rather than a design professional. Not that there is anything wrong with that, not everyone has the time and money to master Photoshop, but needless to say you're not going to find "Printmaster experience required" on many job qualification forms.



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vinaya

You make an interesting point. Having "photoshop skills" in your portfolio counts if you are a designer. No one will ask you whether you are using the programs like printmaster, canva and the likes.
If you want to get established as a designer, youn should start using the real designing program like photoshop, illustrator, indesign, instead of lesser known programs.



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MomoStarr16

That is what comes into my mind when I read this post. Do Printmaster really exist? First time in my life I see someone that din not use photoshop in editing pictures.



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treecko142

I just use Photoshop mainly for editing, as I think it is still the most comprehensive design/editing software out there, with good reliability and performance.



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DenisP

I'm going to sound like a pretentious graphic design snob, but after more than a decade of graphic design experience I haven't even heard of Printmaster. I looked it up, and at first glance it seems like it would be a good program for those unfamiliar with graphic design or who just don't have the time/interest to invest into learning. It seems like the kind of program that holds your hand through everything, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but not for everyone and certainly not for professionals.

Personally, I'm all Adobe, all the time. I use Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign for all of my graphic design needs.



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vinaya

I believe Adobe has the best designing tools and Adobe's programs do not have any match. Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign provides all designing requirements. Once you learn these programs there is no need to look for other programs.
However, Adobe's programs are also complicated. You can learn how to use photoshop, illustrator and InDesign, however, you need a lot of practice to master these programs.
I work in Photoshop, however, for a quick fix like adding filters, correcting light and colors, I use online photo editor



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DenisP

They might be complicated, but I think that anyone who wants to take graphic design even relatively seriously needs to learn how to use these programs. I took Graphic Design and Advertising while I was in college, and we exclusively worked in the Adobe Creative Suite. This is because most clients you work for expect you to be working in these programs as well. When working with other designers as well, they always ask, "Send me the Photoshop/Illustrator files."

Adobe has a monopoly on the graphic design software industry, but it is well deserved because they are the best of the best.



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vinaya

Even though they say a hobbyist designer can also benefit from Adobe's desiging programs, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign etc are actually made for those who take designing seriously. These are expensive programs. You can learn by doing it yourself, however, in ordet to master skills with adobe's program, you will have to enroll for designing classes. This also cost a lot of money. UNless you have spare money, you are not paying for expensive adobe's softwares and training classes.
There are low cost, even free desiging programs for those who do not take designing seriously.



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aeon

I think Photoshop is the common software for me for editing, and I'm using Photoshop since I started to learn the editing. and until now, I'm still using it.



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kammy143

I use Photoshop in editing and making designs. I think it is the most flexible application there is in the market. I love the way it offers many effects and can easily put layer after layer of images. I haven't seen any application out there in the market that can compete with Photoshop.



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Kakashi2020

What I like about Printmaster is their templates it serves as a good guide on what a particular project should look like. If your looking to make good business cards, invitations, banners etc using Printmaster can definitely save you time and effort more so if your a beginner.



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Martinsx1

It seems that Printmaster is a good one from the analysis and reviews given to it by some users here already. Although I'm satisfied with working making use of photoshop, maybe I should check out the prospect of trying out Printmaster to be sure if it would be a worthy alternative for my work.



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Martinsx1

Photoshop have always been my favorite tool for my printing, editing and adding of any effects on my work to get the desired result of my creative mindset towards the job in hand. It satisfies me so well that I haven't considered looking up other alternatives to make use of because there is no reason for me to start looking for another one when I have nothing to complain about my usage of photoshop.



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Tronia

I guess I am like the majority because I almost always use Photoshop. I just never felt the need to use another program for designing purposes.

Photoshop is just such a complete and extremely well done software. It offers almost anything you can imagine and really allows you to design whatever you want.

I have been using it for years and years.



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kammy143

Like you I do prefer photoshop compared to other applications out there in the market, I love using it because it is very flexible in the sense that there are a lot of things that we can use that we commonly use as effects. Layering, rendering, vectors, color manipulation and others, Photoshop offers it.



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Kakashi2020

I used it in the 1990's until 2015 when I was managing my printshop. it's the easiest and fastest way of doing things. I speak from experience and from the profit I gained using it. It's not a well-known program but it's one of the best if your running a printshop. From Business cards, letter heads, logos, banners, t-shirts and others.



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edencaga

I usually do photoshop when it comes to photo editing and designing because photoshop is what I have been used to since highschool. When it comes to designing and layouting pages, I used Indesign, at first its kinda difficult for me to work with this software but I just realized lately that the tools are kind of similar to photoshop so its kinda easy as you explore the whole software tools. They are the same which is under in adobe. Indesign is really suit in creating magazines and other printing projects because aside from familiar tools its easy to find out the functions of some tools in photoshop.



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Judas2018

Photoshop is my number one choice for this sort of work. My second choice or backup is GIMP GNU Image Manipulation Program.



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Youngshark

Good choice mate. I also prefer to have photoshop as my number one choice. With a simple training its very easy to use.



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Kakashi2020

Another good and easy way to print is by using Print Shop, this software was developed by Brotherbund and is considered as one of the best editing and printing softwares for desktop publishing works since the 90's. It creates professional high quality designs both for home and business.



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Kakashi2020

For Graphs, Maps, Charts and Infographics you can use Infogram, visualize.me and Easel.ly these sites are all free and user friendly you could easily make cool infographics in minutes. You could also import files and photos.



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MomoStarr16

Of course Photoshop. Since the day that I learned to edit pictures, Photoshop is the one as my tool. It is very easy to understand even if you are a beginner. Lots of tutorial too in youtube.



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TheArticulate

For graphics, I'll generally use Photoshop as my preferred software. Granted, I don't do a lot of design work, but when I've needed things printed (like business cards and posters), I've always used either Vistaprint or NextDayFlyers to get everything taken care of.

I don't have the equipment to print lots of stuff anyway, so it's always been better for me outsource it a third party.



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MomoStarr16

I never tried Vistaprint or NextDayFlyers. Did not know there are software that can equal the simplicity of photoshop. Are those two software the same just like what photoshop did? Or they were only made for a designated design like flyers and posters?



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SiamSEO

Those two are companies that print out stuff, not pieces of software. You need to design and finish up your content yourself first, then send it to them for printing and then they'll send the printed out content back to you.



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Kakashi2020

There are a lot of different softwares and sites where you can do all your graphic works the easy way. All you have to do is google it.



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Kakashi2020

I'm now studying Adobe InDesign, a friend recommended it to me, it seems that it's a good design and desktop publishing software, I have heard of it before but knowing it's Adobe, I thought that it was hard to navigate and it seems that I was wrong. I got a bootleg copy and to me it's easier to use than Photoshop.



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timothyP

Ever since, I've been using Adobe Photoshop. It's equipped with the necessary editing tools. I've never heard of Printmaster and never tried to use it. Is it a good software to use?



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Kakashi2020

Yep Printmaster is one of the best design and print softwares available it's unlike anything you've seen before because it's really so easy to use. You should try it, I used it in my print shop and it beats the hell out of Photoshop back then in terms of time conservation in making designs. Because it has a very good online database and you can even import or export any design from anywhere and edit it.



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Kakashi2020

I have recently tried Adobe Spark and it's a very good designing tool, it has a lot of templates and you could customize a webpage in minutes in 4 steps and what's good is its free.



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keen2write

I use canva it allows you to design a lot of great designs for website, blogs and social media uses.

you can print your own business cards as well as invitations aswell.



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Kakashi2020

I've used canva in the past and it's a good designing site but whenever I print something it's output is not what I've hoped for with regards to size. But their online design template is okay although a bit limited.



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fishbate

I use different kind of software's depending on the needs. For common prints like invoice , cards, and simple professional documents, i just use publisher. For photo editing i use software that i'm familiar with like Adobe Photoshop, Powerpoint , and PrintShop. Lately I've been using Krita for my photo designing and editor...although i'm still on the learning stage i think its a great software with a lots of extra features.



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