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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Project Output Preparation

The Print Shop provides flexibility when outputting your project: printing your project, saving project pages as JPEG files, uploading the project to be printed as a photo album, and more.

Careful planning is necessary to take full advantage of this flexibility. Please take note of the following considerations when designing a project:

  • Print - Pay close attention to the paper size of the project type you select when creating a project. Many projects use a paper size other than the standard 8.5" x 11" paper.
  • Photo Album - The photo album creation process will trim up to ¼" per project page side.

The Print Shop provides two primary tools to assist with project output preparation and checking.

Bleed Area

The Print Shop bleed areas are the best method for checking which portions of your project may be trimmed.

  1. Click on the View menu and position your cursor over the Bleed Area option.
  2. From the submenu that appears, choose the option that corresponds to your output type.
  3. The gray areas around the outside of project pages indicate where the project will likely be trimmed. Any critical objects (photos, clip art, shapes, titles, etc.) should be kept out of these gray shaded areas. The bleed areas are not exact, and should only be considered estimates - it is always wise to allow a little extra space as a margin of error.
Bleed Area


Rulers can also be helpful in determining which parts of a project page may be trimmed. To display rulers, choose View > Rulers from the menu.

View Rulers

To change the ruler units and size, click The Print Shop menu and select Preferences. Click on the Grid/Ruler tab. Choose the default ruler units from the Display Ruler and Grid in drop-down menu and click OK.

Guides/Ruler Preferences

To prepare for printing, choose the units that best correspond to the size of the paper (usually inches). To change the size of the project, choose Edit > Change Project Size/Type from the menu. Finally, choose a size from Sizes drop-down menu or adjust the Width and Height numbers until both dimensions are equal to the intended print size.

Printing Business Cards

Before printing business cards, you may want to create an Avery sheet. See the Avery Template Support topic for more information.


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