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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Choose Color

A number of functions provide advanced color choices through The Print Shop's Choose Color dialog.

The Choose Color window will open when you:

  • Click on the Change Color button in the Text or the Shapes and Lines sections of the Ribbon Tabs.
  • Choose the Color category in the Project Backgrounds section of the Ribbon Tabs.
  • Click on the Change button next to Color when adding a shadow to a photo, a shape, or text.
  • Click on the Change button next to Color in the Matte Properties dialog when a shape or photo is selected.

Palette Tab

The easiest way to select colors is to click on one of the color squares on the Palette tab.

For this or any other method of choosing colors, the Preview area will show the chosen color; the color on the left or top is the original color and the color on the right or bottom is the newly selected color.


Swatches Tab

Another easy way to select colors is to click on one of the color squares on the Swatches tab. The Swatches tab includes varying shades of the similar colors.



HSV (short for Hue, Saturation, and Value) is useful for adding or removing white, black, and gray in the color, as well as lightening and darkening a color.

  • Move the slider next to the color bar up and down to choose the desired hue or type it into the H field.
  • Click on the circle in the large color box and drag it around to add or remove white, black, and gray.
  • You may type values directly into the HSV boxes, or click on the up and down arrows next to the box.


RGB (short for Red, Green, and Blue) is a standard method of choosing colors.

  • Move each slider bar (Red, Green, and Blue) back and forth to add or reduce the amount of each color in the composite color.
  • An absence of the color is 0, while 255 represents the maximum amount of that color.

Picker Tab

This tab allows you to pick a specific color that is on the current page.

  • Move your mouse around in the page view area at the top left of the tab.
  • The zoom area at the top right of the tab will show a pixel by pixel view of your cursor's position in the page view area.
  • To select a color, move the mouse around in the page preview area and click (left mouse button) when the black crosshair is over the color you would like to select. The color will now appear in the Preview area at the bottom of the window.
  • To select a different color, repeat the last step by clicking when the crosshair is over the desired color.
  • If the current page does not have the color you want, click on the Prev or Next buttons to move to a different page.

Favorites Tab

The Print Shop allows you to store your favorite colors.

  • To save a color to the Favorites tab, pick a color on any of the other tabs and click on the Add to Favorites button.
  • The Print Shop will store up to 20 favorite colors. After you have used all 20 slots, the oldest color will be removed the next time you add a new color to your favorites.
  • To choose a color from the Favorites tab, click on the color square.

Gradient Tab

Some color selections include a gradient option.


The top horizontal color bar shows the current gradient. The small squares above the bar are the gradient colors. A gradient in its simplest form is a smooth blend between 2 colors.

The gradient can be modified in the following ways:

  • To change to color of the gradient, click on one of the small squares above the linear gradient representation. Then, click on the square next to Color to choose a new color. The options are essentially the same as the Color Chooser.
  • To move the start position of colors in the gradient, click and hold on one of the small squares while dragging the mouse. This will determine where the blend of colors starts.
  • Click on the Add or Delete buttons to Add or Delete additional colors to the gradient (the gradient can consist of many colors blending together).

In the Options area:

Gradient Options
  • Choose an option from the Style box to determine how the gradient will fill the headline text.
  • Drag the small circles in the Preview area on the right side to determine the direction and the length of the gradient.
  • The Type options will determine how the gradient repeats, if the gradient length is set to make it repeat. Choosing None will only apply the gradient in between the two circles. Choosing Reflect will repeat the gradient, alternating left to right and then right to left. Choosing Repeat will start the gradient over, working left to right every time.
  • The Reverse checkbox will determine where the gradient effect starts.
  • Click OK to apply the gradient.

After selecting the desired color in any of the tabs, click OK.


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