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

Editor's note: A newer version of this product is available. The manufacturer lists the new version as offering the following features: 14,000 customizable greeting cards, a built-in photo editor, calendar templates, scrapbook templates and more. We will evaluate, rank and review the new version of this product when we next update the Greeting Card Software site.

The stylish design of this software program inspires you to create beautiful, personal greeting cards. Either start with a classic Hallmark template or create your own eye-catching card from scratch. Whichever template you choose, you can completely customize it to match your occasion, whether it's a birthday, a holiday, a ceremony or a simple "Thinking of You" card. The number of graphics, templates and features combined with a stylish and easy-to-use layout make Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe our pick for our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award.

Features
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9.4/10
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Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe
Print Artist Gold
Greeting Card Factory
Hallmark Card Studio
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CraftArtist 2 Professional
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Greeting Card Studio
10
9.4
8.8
8.8
9.4
8.8
9.4
7.5
7.5
3.8

Just like the thousands of cards at your local supermarket, this card making software provides you with 13,000 card templates readymade for every special occasion. You can choose from a wide variety of different sized blank templates and cards as well. If you want something new, or want to add personalized spice to a pre-existing design, Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe has more than 18,000 graphics for you to choose from. These graphics are also high quality and well designed, so your cards won't look old fashioned or out of date. If you are going for an old-fashioned flair though, you can add special effects to create the perfect vintage card.

Text & Photo Editing
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10/10
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Greeting Card Studio
10
10
10
10
6.9
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7.5
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5

Text and photos are easy to edit and play with inside this birthday card maker. It's easy to manipulate phrases and lines into circles and verify your grammar in the spell checker. The 850 font choices are also fully customizable, so you can use a child's handwriting for Grandparents' Day cards or a fancy cursive for cards from the Tooth Fairy or Easter Bunny.

A unique aspect of this card printing software is the writing etiquette feature. If you have a tough card to write, such as a condolence or lesser-known religious occasion, open up the writing etiquette feature to help you figure out what would be proper to say. Photo editing tools are also amazing with this greeting card maker. When you import the photo you want to use, a toolbar appears at the top with an edit option. Inside a floating box you can correct red eye, adjust colors, rotate, flip, add special effects, crop and perform any other method of editing or touching up photos, all in one place. With both text and photos, you can change the size, orientation, width, height and more in two locations. Either drag out the shape yourself to make it larger or smaller, or use the handy pop-up right column arrows to do it for you too.

Ease of Use
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10/10
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PrintMaster Platinum
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Greeting Card Studio
10
10
10
7.5
10
7.5
6.9
6.9
7.5
6.9

The design of the layout itself makes Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe one of the best greeting card software programs available on the market. The card printing software walks you through each step and all the icons are labeled, so you never have to do extensive searching for your desired task or edit. When you click on an element to change or edit it, the specific toolbar appears at the top for easy access. When you want to edit text for instance, the toolbar appears with fonts, sizes, weights, colors and more. The toolbar then disappears when you click away, so as to not clutter up your workspace.

Tutorials are available right from the main page at all times, so you have easy help if you ever are stuck. You can also share your handmade birthday cards on the fly with a simple click. From the left sidebar you can print, email, save as a PDF or post to Facebook or YouTube. You can add music and sound effects for extra pizzazz in your YouTube or email presentation, too.

Help & Support
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9.4/10
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Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe
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CraftArtist 2 Professional
Scrapbook Factory Deluxe
Greeting Card Studio
10
9.4
10
10
9.4
9.4
9.4
10
7.5
7.5

This greeting card software offers on-screen instructions that are relevant to where you are in the application. The software also includes a PDF user manual, a tutorial and a search tool. You can either scroll through the tutorials or manual for inspiration or use the search feature to quickly find a solution. Hallmark offers email and phone customer support, and the company's website includes a FAQs page as well as live chat support.

 

Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe Summary:
9.7/10

If you want plenty of project templates and easy-to-use photo editing tools, Hallmark has just the ticket. You'll have Hallmark quality along with numerous ways to customize your cards and a variety of other print projects. You can't go wrong with this greeting card software.

 
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Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe

Pros
Modern graphics and a great layout help you effortlessly make every card dazzle.

Cons
You don't have the option to add drop shadows to your text.

The Verdict
: 9.7/10

This card software comes fully equipped to help you tackle any card-making project in style.