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The holidays are nearly upon us and our clients are going to be asking about cards! I like making mine in Elements because I love the ease of the project bin which shows me all of my open files and lets me drag and drop them with ease. The steps are below and even lower, you’ll see a video tutorial where I actually make a card! Have fun!

1. Download some snazzy digital papers. I get mine from Sassy Designs because they’ve got great faux texture and warmth and they’re super cheap.

2. Open the image(s) and digital paper(s) you want to use on your card.

3. Create a new blank document with the size requirements for whomever prints your photo & press-printed products. You can have 5x7s printed with a greeting (the cheapest way) or have purpose built press printed greeting cards done. Just make sure that you find the product you’re going to be printing and create your template to those size specifications.

4. Drag your digital paper onto your new, blank image

5. Using the custom shapes tool, drag a shape onto your template. This will be the shape of your image.

6. Drag your image onto the template. In the layers palette, drag the image layer above the custom shape layer and create a clipping mask. In Elements, this is done by typing cmd/ctrl+g. In full Photoshop, right click on the layer in the palette and click ‘create clipping mask’.

7. In the layers palette, select the custom shape and add a bevel edge or drop shadow via the effects panel (in PSE) or the layer blending options (in PS).

8. You can now add another shape on your template for your greeting to fit into or type directly onto your paper. Experiment with drop shadows, beveled edges, gradient patterns on your text and rounded corners.

9. Save as JPG and drop into your printers’ templates or post online as an e-card!

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Elizabeth Halford is a Hampshire Photographer and keeps a rockin'photography blog where she writes about photography and business in "real.plain.english". She's addicted to Facebook and can be found answering photography and business questions every day here on her page

  • GoGayleGo

    How timely! I’ve just started working on my own holiday cards, am new to PSE8, and am not impressed with the available templates there. I will definitely check out the Sassy Designs site, thanks for the info.

  • http://vickiarnold.wordpress.com Vicki Arnold

    Great tutorial! I just wanted to chime in and say I became a Sassy customer a couple months ago and I am very pleased with the selection and customer service. The owner is very generous with her sales so even those of us without a lot of money can get great templates and digital papers. I can’t say enough about Sassy Designs!

  • http://shannonhuntphotography.com/blog/ Shannon

    I had a lot more fun designing my cards this year compared to last year. I think I just know the software better. Good tutorial.

  • George

    Super job! I especially liked the video link. So many tricks in PSE. Thanks for showing me a few I haven’t used yet.

  • Mindy

    Thanks so much, Elizabeth! I’ve had fun playing with these techniques all evening.

  • kristin

    Thanks for this quick tutorial. And thanks for pointing out Sassy Designs… looks like they’re having a 99 cent sale through tonight!

  • Leo Blakely

    Thanx

  • http://breannapetersonphotography.blogspot.com Breanna

    Thanks so much for this tutorial & Sassy Designs is having a 90% off sale today, I’m stocking up!!!

  • http://www.loracphoto.com Carol

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I’m having a problem though. I don’t have a mac and I have tried several different combinations (control g, etc.) and I can’t get it to fit inside my shape. Do you know how I can do it with a regular pc?

  • Sonya Tobeck

    these days, more and more greeting cards will be needed as the christmas approaches.-

    Please do go and visit our favorite online site
    http://www.caramoan.org/caramoan-beach-resort/

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  • Sonya Tobeck December 18, 2012 11:47 am

    these days, more and more greeting cards will be needed as the christmas approaches.-

    Please do go and visit our favorite online site
    http://www.caramoan.org/caramoan-beach-resort/

  • Carol December 1, 2010 09:40 am

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I'm having a problem though. I don't have a mac and I have tried several different combinations (control g, etc.) and I can't get it to fit inside my shape. Do you know how I can do it with a regular pc?

  • Breanna November 17, 2010 01:38 pm

    Thanks so much for this tutorial & Sassy Designs is having a 90% off sale today, I'm stocking up!!!

  • Leo Blakely November 5, 2010 11:12 pm

    Thanx

  • kristin November 1, 2010 09:30 am

    Thanks for this quick tutorial. And thanks for pointing out Sassy Designs... looks like they're having a 99 cent sale through tonight!

  • Mindy October 31, 2010 01:12 pm

    Thanks so much, Elizabeth! I've had fun playing with these techniques all evening.

  • George October 29, 2010 03:34 am

    Super job! I especially liked the video link. So many tricks in PSE. Thanks for showing me a few I haven't used yet.

  • Shannon October 28, 2010 03:16 pm

    I had a lot more fun designing my cards this year compared to last year. I think I just know the software better. Good tutorial.

  • Vicki Arnold October 28, 2010 01:41 am

    Great tutorial! I just wanted to chime in and say I became a Sassy customer a couple months ago and I am very pleased with the selection and customer service. The owner is very generous with her sales so even those of us without a lot of money can get great templates and digital papers. I can't say enough about Sassy Designs!

  • GoGayleGo October 28, 2010 12:29 am

    How timely! I've just started working on my own holiday cards, am new to PSE8, and am not impressed with the available templates there. I will definitely check out the Sassy Designs site, thanks for the info.


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