I am looking for the best value, basic, beginners software packages that can help me create my own personalised cards & print gifts for friends & family please?

  • Hi Kirsten. What have you tried already and what you didn't like or did like about those? What apps did you research, between which are you chosing? Sep 8, 2020 at 13:02
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    If you're doing this for personal use, I would look into open source (free) software. Like GIMP for images and inkscape for vector drawing.
    – AndrewH
    Sep 8, 2020 at 13:07
  • The software you know how to use. Since all the other metrics are opaque to us.
    – joojaa
    Sep 8, 2020 at 16:29
  • Use whatever came on your computer. Most systems come with a basic image editor and text editor.
    – Scott
    Sep 8, 2020 at 17:57

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If you are printing these yourself on a home printer, you may already have software that you could use, such as a word processor, like MS Word. Or painting software such as MS Paint. Sure these are pretty basic, but you could use them to layout a simple print project with text and graphics/photographs. If you don't have or want to buy or use MS Office products, then there's also LibreOffice which is free and open source.

If you want software that's more capable, and you don't mind a bit of a learning curve, then there's some Open Source software (all free) that you might want to have a look at:

  • GIMP which is a raster image editor for manipulating photographic images, similar to Adobe Photoshop.

  • Inkscape is a vector image editor for creating logos and graphics, similar to Adobe Illustrator.

  • Scribus is desktop publishing software for page layout, similar to Adobe InDesign. This software also supports CMYK colour for commercial print jobs.

  • Krita - digital art/painting software, raster based, but with vector capabilities too. This software also supports CMYK colour for commercial print jobs.


If you want to do simple things to be sent in electronic format you can use the free version of canva.com

Designing is not an easy task, and that web page gives you some simple tools to add elements to some already defined templates.

  • I do like canva, I have recommended them to friends who needed to make a design with 0 design skills.
    – AndrewH
    Sep 8, 2020 at 20:38

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