season is picking up steam! This week we are continuing our holiday project
series with a tip for designing your holiday cards in just minutes. Using a
template as the base for your card will save you some time and help jumpstart
Watch this tip on video.
Begin by deciding what size you’d like to make your
cards. Using standard sizes is good idea because custom print sizes and
envelopes will add to the cost and hassle of finishing your greeting cards this
year. Select an envelope shape that you like and then create the card a bit
smaller by opening a template in Photoshop or Elements. Make a copy of the
template so you don’t accidentally overwrite the original. In Photoshop, choose
Image > Duplicate. In Elements, choose File > Duplicate. Give the copy a
new name and click OK.
out the part of the template you’d like to use on your card. Get the Crop tool
and make your choices in the Options bar across the top of the screen. For a
5x7” card, for example, type in a width of 7 inches and a height of 5 inches.
Type 300 pixels/inch for your resolution and then click/drag out a box on your
template to encompass the part you plan to use. Click the checkmark to confirm
covering the placeholders with photos and digital paper. Digitally “glue” the
papers and photos to the placeholder by holding the Alt key (Mac: Opt key)
while positioning your cursor between the two layers. When your cursor changes
to a double-circle arrow, click to create a clipping mask. Your paper or photo
will take the shape of the placeholder.
are finished, save a copy of the project as a .jpg to send to a printer or
print at home by selecting File > Print and following the on-screen
instructions to print the cards.