Create a greeting card with Adobe Photoshop CC 2017

Sometimes the finished postcard doesn’t meet your needs. The good news is that you can always make your own map. While there are many apps that do just that, here’s how to use Photoshop CC 2017 to create your own map.

Content
  1. Create a postcard with Photoshop
  2. Set ruler units
  3. Add guides to create margins and content areas
  4. Add an image to a greeting card
  5. Add and format text on a greeting card
  6. Add a logo and line of credit to a greeting card
  7. Print a greeting card

Create a postcard with Photoshop

Start by identifying areas where text and graphics go. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open a new Photoshop document.

  2. In the dialog box new document enter document name Card .

  3. Adjust size to 8″ wide x 10.5″ high with orientation Portrait .

  4. to install Permission at 100 pixels/inch.

  5. Set color Background on white.

  6. Click To create to close the New Document dialog box.

Set ruler units

After the map is set up, the next step is to specify the fields and the location where the map will be placed. That is how

  1. Open rulers by selecting Vision > rulers or by clicking ctrl + R to pc or team . + R on Mac.

  2. If the ruler’s measurement is not in inches, open Settings in photoshop. Select Units and rulers and change the ruler size to inches.

  3. Click Okay .

Add guides to create margins and content areas

After setting the ruler units, note the addition of guides that define margins and content areas. Use half inch margins so you can print the card on your home printer. Here’s how:

  1. Add horizontal guides at 0.5, 4.75, 5.25, 5.75 and 10 inches.

  2. Add vertical guides at the 0.5″ and 8″ marks on the ruler.

The guide at the 5.25″ mark is the fold.

Add an image to a greeting card

Add a picture at the bottom on the front of the card. If you are going to use your home printer, you will not be able to remove blood from the front of the card. The term “bleeding” refers to covering the entire face of the card. Unfortunately, most home inkjet or other color printers do not allow full ink coverage. They add about a quarter inch of empty space when running a file. That’s why you need to add margin to the card.

Select an image for the front of the card. In the example, a golden lily is used. This is how you add it:

  1. Select a file > Post inline .
  2. When the dialog box opens After navigate to the image and select it.

Team Post inline inserts an image into a Photoshop file. If you choose “Place a link”, the image will appear, but you may experience problems later if you move the linked image to another location on your computer or to another disk.

If the image is too large, adjust it to fit on the card.

  1. Scale the image so that the required area is within the field boundaries. In the example, the flower was what was needed and most of the image was off limits.
  2. With the image layer selected, switch to Rectangular Marquee and draw a rectangle the size of the image area.

  3. After you have made your choice, click on the icon Add vector mask at the bottom of the layers panel to place the image in the image area.

Add and format text on a greeting card

Consider how the card will print before adding a message.

The image is on the front and the text on the inside. To print this card, pass the paper through the printer twice. The front side is ejected first and the paper is ejected back into the printer for text output. The location of the text is actually on the same relative bar as the image.

  1. Turn off the visibility of the image layer to hide the image.

  2. Select the “Text” tool, click once in the same area as the image and enter text. In this case, it’s “Happy Birthday!”
  3. Choose a font, weight and size. The example uses Helvetica Neue Bold with 48 dots.

  4. With the text selected, choose an alignment for the text. Center alignment is common, but you can choose a different alignment if you want.

Add a logo and line of credit to a greeting card

Don’t be humble. Go ahead and add a logo and line of credit to your card.

The top portion of the card, which is still blank, becomes the back of the card. It’s time to use it. Here’s how:

  1. Add a new layer to the document and name it Logo.

  2. If you have a logo, place it on the logo layer.

If you don’t have a logo, we’ll use the shape that comes with Photoshop. Follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the tool Rectangle and choose tool user form .

  2. On the top Shape tool options click the down arrow to select a shape. In the example, this is a butterfly.

  3. Click once on the logo layer and a dialog box will open Create user form . Enter a size of 100 x 100 pixels and click Okay . Butterfly appears.

  4. Click tool Text and add a text credit.

  5. Click and drag each layer to align them with the center of the map.

The logo and credit line are in the wrong direction. They will appear on the back of the card and if left as is they will be printed upside down. To solve this:

  1. Select and group the logo and text layers. name the group Logo .

  2. After selecting a group, select Change > transform > Rotate 180 degrees.

Print a greeting card

Printing a project is relatively easy. Here’s how:

  1. Disable the visibility of the message layer and enable the image layer.

  2. Print page.

  3. Place the page back in the printer tray with the blank side and the image on top.

  4. Turn on the visibility of the message layer and turn off the visibility of the image layer.

  5. Print page.

  6. Fold the page in half and you have a card.

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