How to Make Your Own Holiday Photo Card
If you have ever wished you could make your own holiday photo card using digital graphics, I can help you out! I know there are tons of websites where you can upload your picture and “design your own”, but what if you want something else? Something YOU created. It is really pretty easy, you can use Word (if you have to), or I would suggest Photoshop Elements. Photoshop Elements is really not hard to work in, even if just hearing the word “photoshop” makes you cringe. Â If you have never used Elements, I have some free video tutorials you can watch to help you learn the basics HERE and that is all you need to make your own holiday photo card. If you have never used it before, I highly recommend watching the tutorials, as the screenshots below don’t cover everything. You should be able to click on the pictures and have them enlarge so you can see them better.
The first thing you need to decide is what size you want your card to be. I suggest 5″ x 7″, because it is easy to find envelopes at any office supply store for this size card. In whatever program you are using you create a document that size, either vertical or horizontal. I am going to show you how it is done in Elements. The basic video tutorials will show you how to get here, and since I am making the sample shown above, I am doing it horizontally. I make sure the measurements are in inches and then type in 7″ for the width and 5″ for the height. You want your resolution to be 300 for printing.
Next you want to choose your background color and add that in. You can choose from the color palette on the right side and use the paint bucket to drop it in.
Depending on what clip art you are using, or just because you want a border around your card, the easiest way in Elements is to create a new layer and add a different colored box on top of your background.
Next you need to add your clip art. You can find digital clip art all over the web. I have a lot of holiday clip art on my site Great Graphics. Open you clip art and simply drag it onto you background layer and place it where you want it. You can find it in your photo bin at the bottom of your screen when you open up your clip art images. Then you just use your mouse and drag your clip art from the photo bin to your card. You may have to resize it depending on the clip art you are using. Then you can place it where you want it to be.
Next, if you want to put a different colored box behind your photo, you will need to create that. You do it just like you did the white one before and resize it approximately what you think your photo will be. You can always come back and resize it exactly like you want it. Then open your photo, and drag it from the photo bin on top of the layer you just created. Looking good!
All that is left is to add your text. Choose the Type tool and at the bottom there is a box where you choose whatever font you want to use. Use the type tool and simply click where you want the text or hold down your mouse and drag a text box across the card. You can change the color and the font of your text once you have your text box created. This is the FUN part! Type in your text and try different fonts and color choices.
You have created your own unique holiday photo card!
It really is easy once you learn your way around Photoshop Elements and I promise it isn’t hard. Once you learn, there is no end to all the things you can create! Have fun and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!