Friday, September 3, 2010

Desktop Publishing

Dan, a professional photographer from Illinois, wants to know -

"Why can't I sell the photo products I create with Print Artist?"

Desktop publishing software is licensed for either personal use or commercial use.

The consumer level programs like Print Artist are licensed for personal use. They are relatively inexpensive and are used to create personalized greeting cards, invitations, flyers and newsletters.

Small business owners can use them to create their own business cards, stationary & business forms, marketing materials, ads, brochures & catalogs. You cannot use consumer level programs to create items to sell to other people. You need to purchase a commercial use program for that.

Commercial Graphic Design Programs are more specialized & usually more expensive...but not always. Here's a list of commercial graphic design programs you can use to create items to sell.

Page Layout Programs -
Adobe InDesign
Quark Express
Serif PagePlus
Scribus *free

Illustration -
Adobe Illustrator
Corel Draw
Inkscape *free

Photo Editors -
GIMP *free

Click on this link for more information:
Serif PagePlus won the Reader's Choice Award for commercial desktop publishing programs. Priced at a very reasonable $69.99, it sounds too good to be true. I immediately went to their website and downloaded a free trial version. I'll let you know how it works out.

Thanks, everyone! Send your photo questions to -

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