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Library: Creative Design


Stand out from the pack with custom photo greeting cards

Added on Friday 4th of December 2009 09:23 am EST


The holiday season is a perfect time to extend best wishes to your family, clients, and colleagues with custom photo cards, like the one shown in FIGURE A. Just choose or design a background, add a favorite photo and a personalized greeting and you have a truly unique greeting card filled with heartfelt sentiment only you can express.

Easy as 1-2-3
Creating photo cards really is as easy as 1-2-3. To demonstrate, we'll create the card shown in FIGURE A using stock photos—feel free to draw from your own stockpile of images, though. Let's begin by creating a new document.

To create a new document:
1. Launch Photoshop and press cN ([Ctrl]N in Windows) to display the New dialog box.
2. Name your file Greeting_Card and set the document size to 4 inches wide by 6 inches high, with a resolution of 100 ppi, in RGB color mode.
3. Click OK.

NOTE: These settings are appropriate for emailing your cards. If you intend to print them, you may need to adjust the size to meet U.S.P.S standards and increase the resolution to meet printer specifications.