Can I edit Laughingbird web templates with Print Shop Design Suite?

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  1. dave.duggins

    dave.duggins

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    Hi everyone,

    I don't have Photoshop or CS or Expressionweb or any of the professional design suites, and I'd really rather not spend an additional $500-$1500 if I don't need to. The web page designer in Print Shop Design Suite has worked fine for the basic designs I have used so far.

    That said, I really love some of the web page templates - the graphics are beautiful! Am I going to need to invest money, time and effort in more sophisticated design packages in order to effectively tweak those templates? I really enjoy design work, so that's not a problem. I'd just prefer to stick with a low-cost solution if possible.

    Thanks everyone!

    :image07-1:

    Dave
     
  2. Doc

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    Sorry but I can't help you on this one, Print Shop is produced by a different company to Laughingbird and I have not used their software. I had a quick look on the Broderbund software web site and unfortunately did not see a users forum there so lets hope another member here will be able to assist
     
  3. MasterDesign

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    Hi Dave,
    It depends on what you want to "tweak" you can't import html into the webgraphics creator , but graphics you design in Print Shop Design Suite and export as (save as) .png .gif or .jpeg file can be imported into TWC so you can incoorporate them into your webgraphics design.
    Same thing works the other way around.
    Hope this helpes.
    MD

     
  4. dave.duggins

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    Thanks for the replies on this, guys! What I'm doing is using the web page creation/editing tool in Design Suite for page construction. I'm wondering if I can load one of the Laughingbird web page templates into Design Suite's web editor and use it to change text, adjust the position of graphics, etc.

    Or would I be better off just springing for Expressionweb? That's the question of the moment (for me, anyway).

    Thanks again for the assistance!
     
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    Dave you might want to take a look at a visual site designer from coffee cup software which is a much cheaper alternative to expressionweb. See http://www.coffeecup.com/designer/
     
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    Your other solution is to simply use the elements from WGC and then add your own text effects through your alternative program. I do this quite a bit with other software programs. It works quite well...

    Thanks,
    Ryan
     
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    Usually when Fireworks/Photoshop can be used Xara Extreme or Xara Extreme Pro, Photoshop Elements 6 and Corel can also be used as a substitute.
     
  8. MasterDesign

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    Free software download links MDsign

    Hi Dave, you might find these helpfull:

    The Gimp (like Adobe Photoshop but free!)
    Gimpshop (makes it look like Adobe photoshop!)
    Picasa (Free photo / bitmap editor)
    HTML-Kit (Free HTML Editor)
    CoffeeCup (Free HTML Editor with ftp upload! same as post #5 by doc)
    Insight Point (Free vector graphics design software,download link on my site)

    (i'll check my paypal account for the additional $499.- you were willing to spend...)
    :image31:MD
     
  9. dave.duggins

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    Thank you all!

    Wow ... thanks for all the fantastic suggestions, guys! Greatly appreciated. It appears I have a lot more options than I originally thought. Very good to know!

    As soon as I get my site built I'll visit again and get your expert opinions on the design!

    Take care,

    Dave
     
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