The Print Shop Mac User Guide

The Print Shop Mac is designed to help you learn the software. Be sure to also check out the Video Tutorials and the Forums for additional ideas. To access the User Guide, either click on a topic in the Help Topics column on the left, choose a frequently accessed topic below or search for a specific top using the search bar on the right. Print Shop Mac Downloadable User Guide

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Editing Headlines

To change the text of a headline, click on the headline to select it and then enter the new headline text in the Enter Headline text below box under Headlines in the Ribbon Tabs.

Headlines Ribbon Tab

The following options are available in the Ribbon Tabs under the Headlines heading:


Add Headline

Click on this icon to add a new headline to the currently selected project page. See the Adding Headlines topic for more information.


Enter Headline text below

Type the text for the headline in the Enter Headline text below box.


Select Font

Change the set of text characters by choosing a font from the Select Font drop-down list.


Headline Size

Change how large the headline characters are by choosing a number from the Size drop-down list. You may also type a size directly into the box (hit the Enter or Return key to apply).


Line Spacing

To change the vertical space between lines of text, click on the up or down arrows next to the number in the Line Spacing value. Alternately, type a number between -3 and 3 directly into the Line Spacing field (hit the Enter or Return key to apply).


Headline Style

Click on the B (bold) or I (italic) to apply the selected formatting style to the headline.


Rotate (by Degrees)

To rotate the headline, drag the slider to set the angle of rotation. The number in the box at the top right will show the angle in degrees. You may also type the angle of rotation directly into the box and hit Enter/Return on the keyboard.


Headline Opacity

This allows you to make the headline semi-transparent (the original state of the text is 100% opaque - not transparent at all). Drag the slider to the left to make the headline more transparent. Drag the slider to the right to make the headline more opaque (less transparent).


Fill Tab

There are a number of ways to fill the characters in a headline: Solid Color, Gradient Color (a gradual blend between two or more colors), Image, and Texture.

  • Ensure that the Enable Fill box is checked. Clear the check in the box to remove the fill.
  • Choose an option from the Fill Type drop-down.
    • Solid Color - Click on the Change Color square to select a color for the fill. See the Choose Color topic for more information.
    • Gradient Color - Click on the Gradient Color square to change the gradient settings. See the Gradient Tab topic for more information.
    • Image - Click on the Change Image icon to choose an image file to fill the headline. In the Add Photo window, use the top of the window to browse to the folder with your photos. Double-click on a photo thumbnail on the right to select it.
    • Texture - Click on one of the Texture Options to fill the headline with that texture.
  • Drag the Fill Opacity slider to increase or decrease the transparency of the fill.

Stroke Tab

A stroke is a colored border around the headline. The Print Shop provides the following stroke options:

  • Ensure that the Enable Stroke box is checked. Clear the check in the box to remove the stroke.
  • Choose an option from the Stroke Style drop-down.
    • Solid Color - Click on the Change Color square to select a color for the stroke. See the Choose Color topic for more information.
    • Gradient Color (a gradual blend between two or more colors) - Click on the Gradient Color square to change the gradient settings. See the Gradient Tab topic for more information.
    • Neon - Click on the Edge Color icon to change the color of the outside of the glow. Click on the Center Color icon to change the color of the middle part of the neon effect. See the Choose Color topic for more information.
    • Glow - Click on the Glow Color icon to change the color of the glow effect. See the Choose Color topic for more information.
  • Drag the Stroke Width slider to increase or decrease the thickness of the stroke.
  • Drag the Stroke Opacity slider to increase or decrease the transparency of the stroke.

Shadow Tab

  • Ensure that the Enable Shadow box is checked. Clear the check in the box to remove the shadow.
  • Click on the Shadow Color button to choose the shadow's color. See the Choose Color topic for more information on choosing colors.
  • The pixel offset values (X and Y) values determine how far the shadow stretches from the headline, and to which direction. Click on the shadow in the area to the top right and hold the mouse button while dragging to adjust the shadow's placement. Increase the offset values to move the shadow further to the right (X) and down (Y).
  • Use the Shadow Blur slider to increase or decrease the sharpness of the shadow's edge. Alternately, type a number in the box.
  • Drag the Shadow Opacity slider to adjust the transparency of the shadow. Higher values for the slider make the shadow more opaque (darker); lower values make it more transparent. Alternately, type a number in the box.

Bevel Tab

A bevel is a slanting edge effect (it makes the headline look a bit like carved stone). The Print Shop provides the following bevel options:

  • Ensure that the Enable Bevel box is checked. Clear the check in the box to remove the bevel.
  • Choose an option from the Bevel Shape drop-down.
  • Drag the Bevel Height slider to increase or decrease the 3-dimensional effect of the bevel.
  • Drag the Bevel Softness slider to smooth out the bevel's edges (higher values) or increase their sharpness (lower values).

Shape Tab

The Shape Options allow you to bend the headline to a shape of your choosing. The Print Shop provides the following shape options:

  • Ensure that the Enable Shape box is checked. Clear the check in the box to remove the shape.
  • Click on an option under Shape Type. Depending on your selection, you may see the options below.
  • Arc Options - Drag the Angle slider to intensify the curve of the arc or flatten it out (or type a number directly in the box).
  • Shear Options - Drag the X Magnitude slider to set the horizontal slant of the shear. Drag the Y Magnitude slider to set the vertical slant of the shear. Alternately, type a number directly in a box to change a value.
  • Wave Options - Drag the Wave Height slider to determine how much of a wave effect is applied.

3D Tab

The 3D effects give the headline the appearance of thickness or depth. The Print Shop provides the following 3D options:

  • Ensure that the Enable 3D box is checked. Clear the check in the box to remove the 3D effect.
  • Click on the Change Edge Color button to choose the effect's color. See the Choose Color topic for more information on choosing colors.
  • Drag the Horiz-Adj and Vert-Adj sliders to determine the amount of the 3D effect. Horiz-Adj will increase or decrease the horizontal thickness of the 3D edge. Vert-Adj will increase or decrease the vertical thickness of the 3D edge.

Advanced Headline

Kerning/Tracking

With a headline selected you can adjust the horizontal space between letters by either pressing the up and down arrows in the tracking field or typing in a value.

Kerning/Tracking

Vertical Text

With a headline selected you can press the Vertical Text icon in the Headlines tab to switch the direction of the headline to vertical. You will need to resize the bounds of the headline so the shape is vertical before the headline will once again be readable.

Vertical Text

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