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

Craft Artist Platinum Edition from Serif, is a full-featured and fun digital scrapbooking software solution that will have you creating amazing scrapbook projects in no time.The software is designed to help users from all experience levels enjoy its many powerful features and simple to use interface. This software program guides you every step of the way, as you bring your creative ideas to life. With an assortment of blending and stenciling tools, it has never been easier to turn your project into a beautiful work of art. To that end, we bestow Craft Artist Platinum Edition with our TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award.

Appeal & Flexibility
9.5/10
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9.4
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9.5
8.8
7.5
6.3
7.5
5
7.5
6.3

Upon starting the program, Craft Artist Platinum Edition greets you with a Start up Wizard that offers you the choice of using a pre-designed layout, opening a previously saved project or beginning with a blank page. It also gives you the option of watching video turorials before you get down to designing anything. The software uses a drag-and-drop interface and once you get into a project, you’ll find the program is well thought out and fairly intuitive. With all of the lovely elements and the ability to import elements from other sources, there’s no limit to your digital creativity.

Importing
10/10
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10
8.8
10
6.3
7.5
7.5
6.3
6.3

One of the strong points of Craft Artist Platinum Edition is its capability to import images from numerous sources such as a digital camera, scanner, CD, mobile phone and even the Web. Finding the photo you want is easy even if you’ve got a lot of digital elements on your computer. When importing, the software displays a thumbnail of the files so there isn’t any confusion.

Design Features
7.8/10
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7.8
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6.3
5
5
3.8
2.5

Craft Artist Platinum Edition is a great tool jam-packed with photo-realistic elements from backgrounds to fonts, frames to brushes and all kinds of scrap embellishments. A few of the unique features to this digital scrapbooking program include the customizable brushes and the scissor and punch tools. There are numerous scissor edges to choose from as well as a punch tool that functions like a real paper punch. The brushes allow you to add stitches, ribbon and other stamp-like effects to your design. The text editor makes it easy to put text on a curved path. The software also has a pretty hefty photo editor that allows you to correct the color of images, fix red-eye, add special effects and enhance your images.

Users can now take advantage of stencils and a blending tool. Editing photos has never been easier with the PhotoLab, which allows you to use over 70 effects and get rid of red eye, remove spots and blemishes, adjust color and change the contrast, to name a few.

Output Options
8.8/10
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8.8
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7.5
7.5
2.5
5
7.5
5.6

Share your masterpieces in a multitude of ways from print to email to exporting and uploading to the Internet. An interesting social component of Craft Artist Platinum Edition is the online community the software works with through DaisyTrail. On this site, you upload your favorite digital scrapbook pages and the community of users can view and comment on them. It’s also an ideal way to share your designs with friends and family.  You can also export your projects into several different formats, including JPEG, PNG, BMP and PDF.

Ease of Use
8.3/10
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9.1
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8.3
10
10
7.5
6.3
5
7.5
6.3

We had no problems figuring out how to use the features and navigate the menus in Craft Artist Platinum Edition. This program series is great because it improves in pretty much every area with each new installment. Any issues you might find in this version (and there aren't many) will probably be addressed in the next version or updates between now and then.

Help & Support
8.8/10
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9.1
8.8
9.4
9.4
5
3.8
3.8
7.5
5

Craft Artist Platinum Edition includes a built-in FAQs-style tutorial which allows you to select only the topics that you’re interested in. If, for some reason the tutorials and in-program helps don’t answer your questions the online community is available for help and suggestions. Serif also has telephone and email support (listed in the user’s manual) if all else fails.

Craft Artist Platinum Edition Summary:
8.8/10

Craft Artist Platinum Edition is excellent digital scrapbooking software that makes it easy to create digital works of art. It has a wide variety of included high-quality elements and tools including a spell checker and respectable photo editor. It lacks the capability of creating craft-related projects like calendars or T-shirts.

 
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Craft Artist Platinum Edition

Pros
Includes customizable brushes.

Cons
Not as many output options.

The Verdict
: 8.82/10

This software is a good option if you want a quality product.