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How to Create Photo Greeting Cards with Photoshop Elements

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I’ve always enjoyed receiving Christmas cards, birth announcements, and other greeting cards with photographs. Pictures say so much and are much more personal, they tend to stick out against other greeting cards clinging to the refrigerator door. I know I could probably go the local Wal-Mart or Costco to get these photo greeting cards done, however I take pride in the do-it-myself so before I ran off to the local photo place I did some digging, luckily I found that Adobe Photoshop Elements (which I’ve been using for basic photo fixes) has a feature which allows you to create photo greetings cards from your own pictures. The software provides a good number of themes and layouts to customize your greeting card.

Below you will find the steps necessary to create your own greeting card, I will use a birth announcement as my example throughout this how-to. I hope you find this feature as useful as I have. If you have any comments or questions, please post them below.

Note: I used Photoshop Elements 6 to create this tutorial, however these steps should be similar in other versions of Elements. I’m not familiar with previous versions of Elements, however I can’t imagine them removing this feature in version 7.

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1. Open Photoshop Elements from the icon located on your desktop or Start menu, when the Welcome screen appears, click on the Edit button

Note: If the Welcome Screen is disabled, skip to the next step.

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2. On the right pane in the Elements window, click on the CREATE tab, then click on Greeting Card, this will load the Editing Workspace.


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3. The Editing Workspace is loading so give it a couple of seconds, this will open in a separate window.

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4. The column below the CREATE tab will make available a set of options to customize your greeting card, see the options below;

Page Size: This option specifies the size of the paper/print that you will working on. Make sure to select a size that matches the paper you will be using to print.

Note: You may be able to print more than one 4X6 on a 8 1/2 X 11 sheet, if you need help with this, let me know and I’ll write up the tutorial for you.

Choose a Theme (optional): I highly recommend choosing a theme, otherwise the picture will be set in a blank background. You can scroll down to see more themes.

When you are done setting the page size and selecting your theme, scroll down (see blue arrow)

 

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5. The Choose Layout option allows you to customize the layout of the picture, you can change it so that the picture is slightly slanted, to the top, etc. Choose your desired Layout and click Done.

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6. The page generation will take a few moments…

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7. Your theme and layout are ready to go all you need is a picture, to add you picture click on the Click here to add photo… text

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8. The Replace Photo dialog box will open, browse to the location where your pictures are stored, select the picture you wish to use, click Place.

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9. Once your photo is inserted in the picture placeholder, you can zoom in and out using the slider to make sure you get the right fit.

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10. After you find the right fit for your picture, click on the green checkmark, this will make the change effective.

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11. To add text to your greeting card, select the Text Tool from the Tool menu to the left.

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12. Click on an empty area where you would like to add text and start typing.

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13. The text formatting options are all located below the standard menus and above your work area.

Note: The Text formatting menu is available only when editing text or when the Text Tool is active.

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13. Once your text is formatted the way you wanted it, we need to save your greeting card, click on File > Save As…

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14. Name the file and click Save

 

Printing Your Greeting Card

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1. Return to the Organizer by clicking on the Organizer button located above the right pane.

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2. Select the greeting card you just saved, click on File

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3. Click on File> Print

Note: Print settings vary by printer, however make sure that you choose a setting that will comply with the paper you’re using (photo paper) and that you select the best print settings.

Picture of baby found via Google search from Glam.com

 

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Originally posted Nov 03, 2008

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  • Ruth

    Gil, Thanks so much. I began to explore file and page setup and managed to print out two on a page – partial card on a 8 1/2 x 11″ card stock. However, what I did once I couldn’t duplicate a second time so I have a lot more to learn as far as sizing and borders and saving. J. I think I need a step x step scenario to do my cards unfortunately. See below
    /Users/ruthforeman/Desktop/lilyPicture Package.psd

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gil

      @Ruth – I cant see the image you’re including. Let me know so that I can try and help you. Thanks for visiting.

  • Ruth

    Gil, Thanks so much. I began to explore file and page setup and managed to print out two on a page – partial card on a 8 1/2 x 11″ card stock. However, what I did once I couldn’t duplicate a second time so I have a lot more to learn as far as sizing and borders and saving. J. I think I need a step x step scenario to do my cards unfortunately. See below
    /Users/ruthforeman/Desktop/lilyPicture Package.psd

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gil

      @Ruth – I cant see the image you’re including. Let me know so that I can try and help you. Thanks for visiting.

  • Ruth

    Hi, In my Mac I am using elements 6. I create using the greeting card and can move a jpeg into the greeting card but that is just a one page card. I would like to either be able to figure out a way to flip it or have a fold as in usual greeting cards done in portrait or landscape. Iphoto seems to be the same way. Sophie’s Cards works great but I hoped there was more that I could do with Photoshop Elements 6 or IPHOTO 6 without purchasing ILife. Many thanks.

  • Ruth

    Hi, In my Mac I am using elements 6. I create using the greeting card and can move a jpeg into the greeting card but that is just a one page card. I would like to either be able to figure out a way to flip it or have a fold as in usual greeting cards done in portrait or landscape. Iphoto seems to be the same way. Sophie’s Cards works great but I hoped there was more that I could do with Photoshop Elements 6 or IPHOTO 6 without purchasing ILife. Many thanks.

  • Ruth

    Hi, I have the same problem as Debbie Lewis on December 3rd. Am trying to do my own greeting cards. At the moment I used Sophie’s cards on my MAC which works out well but would like to be able to use Photoshop Elements 6 and IPHOTO. For Sophie’s I use Avery8315 with a card size of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″. I wouldn’t mind doing larger cards if I could use the two programs mentioned. Can you help? Many thanks.

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gil

      @Ruth & Debbie Lewis – Have you gone to File > Page Setup? This will provide you with options to edit the paper type and the dimensions of your card. It sounds to me like both of you have not configured these settings…please let me know if it helps.

      By the way I don’t have Sophie’s Cards or a MAC so I can’t help you there…

  • Ruth

    Hi, I have the same problem as Debbie Lewis on December 3rd. Am trying to do my own greeting cards. At the moment I used Sophie’s cards on my MAC which works out well but would like to be able to use Photoshop Elements 6 and IPHOTO. For Sophie’s I use Avery8315 with a card size of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″. I wouldn’t mind doing larger cards if I could use the two programs mentioned. Can you help? Many thanks.

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gil

      @Ruth & Debbie Lewis – Have you gone to File > Page Setup? This will provide you with options to edit the paper type and the dimensions of your card. It sounds to me like both of you have not configured these settings…please let me know if it helps.

      By the way I don’t have Sophie’s Cards or a MAC so I can’t help you there…

  • Debbie Lewis

    How do you do the inside of the card? I have used Photoshop full on my PC but have the Elements on my MAC. I can’t figure out how to print a full 11 x 8.5 so I can do my own folding and cutting. I know how to print a full sheet front and back and then cut or fold but this elements wants to print whatever photo I have in the center of the page.

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gil

      @Debbie Lewis – I’m not familiar with the Mac version so I’m not sure, but are you using a card template? The card template will place the picture on the correct side and it should print in the correct location. Let me know how it goes to see if I can help you.

  • Debbie Lewis

    How do you do the inside of the card? I have used Photoshop full on my PC but have the Elements on my MAC. I can’t figure out how to print a full 11 x 8.5 so I can do my own folding and cutting. I know how to print a full sheet front and back and then cut or fold but this elements wants to print whatever photo I have in the center of the page.

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gil

      @Debbie Lewis – I’m not familiar with the Mac version so I’m not sure, but are you using a card template? The card template will place the picture on the correct side and it should print in the correct location. Let me know how it goes to see if I can help you.

  • Elizabeth Russell

    Thank you for the great information. My computer won’t do anything at the step where I “Click here to add photo or Drag photo here.” When I click, nothing happens, when I drag a photo into that area, it won’t take it. I wait, I restart, and nothing helps. Any ideas?

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gil

      @Elizabeth Russell – What version of Elements are you using? Windows? Also what are the formats of the pictures you are trying to bring over? JPEG, RAW, PNG? This will help me help you. Thanks.

  • Elizabeth Russell

    Thank you for the great information. My computer won’t do anything at the step where I “Click here to add photo or Drag photo here.” When I click, nothing happens, when I drag a photo into that area, it won’t take it. I wait, I restart, and nothing helps. Any ideas?

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gil

      @Elizabeth Russell – What version of Elements are you using? Windows? Also what are the formats of the pictures you are trying to bring over? JPEG, RAW, PNG? This will help me help you. Thanks.