Corel Custom Photo is now on store shelves across the US and will soon ship in the UK, the company announced yesterday.

Corel Custom Photo for the Mac costs £49.99. The software can be used to apply effects to photos, to add text and clip-art, adjust lighting and focus and remove scratches. It can also be used for making creative photo projects, such as greeting cards, postcards, magazine covers and gift tags.

The Internet-ready applications means novice users can publish projects to the Web in a few easy steps, the company said.

Custom Photo includes two applications: Corel Photo House and Corel Project Designer. Photo House is a bitmap-based image-editing and painting application for retouching images, editing clip-art and photos and creating original artwork. Project Designer provides hundreds of template files and a Notebook Guide that guides users step-by-step though the creation process.

Custom Photo includes 4,000 clip-art images, 4,000 photos, 1,400 photo objects, 1,000 sample templates, 700 frames and 300 fonts.