Create A Christmas Card In Photoshop

Instructions on how to make a Christmas card in Photoshop.

09/12/2011 - 00:00


First, choose a suitable photo and perform any adjustments you need to make to it.


Create your base

Next, go to File>New (Ctrl+N) and for a landscape card, in the dialogue box set the A4 paper size in the width and height boxes. From the drop down choose cm and in the width box key in 29.7cm and in the height 21cm. If you're creating a portrait card you'll need to reverse these figures. Set the resolution to 240 pixel/inch (ppi). Make sure the background colour is white and rename your new file 'Card'. Colour mode should be set to RGB and 8-bit. Then hit OK.

Create a new Photoshop document

Divide the card up

Create a new layer by going to Layer>New Layer or by clicking the New Layer icon. You need to create a new layer as we are going to be creating a grid which needs to be removed once we've finished with it.

To make folding the card easier select the Rectangular Marquee tool (M, Shift + M to tab between the options) and in the menu option across the top of the page set style to Fixed Size and key 148.5mm into the width box and 105mm into the height box. On the canvas, click in the top left corner and a rectangular selection one quarter of the size of the canvas will appear in the top left.

Selection

Draw on the selection

Grid

Go to Edit>Stroke and set a 1px width, the colour to Black and Location to Centre and click OK. This will create a narrow border around the selection you just made which will appear as a thin line on your canvas.

Repeat the last two steps in the bottom right corner and you'll have a rough, but very useful, guide.


Magic Wand tool

Select the Magic Wand too and click inside the bottom right quarter. This will make a selection inside the quarter. This is where we will be pasting our chosen image in to. But first, we need to select the image first.

Copy and paste your image in

Next, go to the image you want to use on your card and Select>All (Ctrl+A), Edit>Copy (Ctrl+C) and then go back to the 'Card' document you created and choose Edit>Paste Into (Shift+Ctrl+V). This will make your image appear inside the selection you made with the Magic Wand Tool.

If some of your image is hidden you can use the move tool (V) to put it into place or if you need more accurate control go to Edit>Free Transform and drag the corner handles to resize the photo so it fits better inside the selection. If you hold down the Shift key as you resize, the image will stay in proportion. When the image is sized and positioned correctly double click in the centre to make the change permanent.

Free Transform


Add text to your card

Select the Text tool and click in the top left part of the card and remember, the text inside needs to be upside down so when the paper is folded the text appears the right way up inside the card. To do this go to Edit>Transform>Rotate 180 degrees. Then make sure the Move Tool is selected and position the text where you want it.

Add Text Rotate your text

Check, flatten and print

Card completeSelect the layer you created your grid on and delete it (you can do this by selecting it and hitting the backspace key on your PC's keyboard). Then go to: Layer>Layer Flatten to bring all the elements together before printing your card out.

You may get a message saying that the image is too big for the paper do you wish to proceed. Click no and go to Print with Preview so you can change your printer settings. You need to select borderless printing (f the option is available) or Scale to fit Media and trim off the border when it's printed.

So what are you waiting for? Give your Christmas cards a personal touch this year.




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