How to make Christmas cards from your own photos: steps 6-10
06 Add some text
Select the Type tool, click below the duck and type your text – it’ll appear as a new type layer. Double-click the text to highlight it, change the font, size and leading to suit, then click the colour swatch and choose a red. Click the green tick to apply.
Click the Effects icon at the bottom-right, then click Styles at the top-right. Select Bevels from the menu, and double-click the Simple Outer thumbnail. Select Drop Shadows from the menu and double-click Soft Edge, then select Image Effects from the menu and double-click Snow.
07 Extend the canvas
Take the Crop tool, enter 148mm for Width, 210mm for Height and 300dpi for resolution, and crop the image to A5 size. Go to Image > Resize > Canvas size. Click Relative, enter 14.8cm for Width, click on the centre-right anchor box and click OK – this extra space on the left-hand side will be the back of the card.
08 Design the inside
Go to File > New > Blank File, select International Paper under Preset and choose A4. Go to Image > Rotate > 90 degrees. To divide the page in half go to View > New Guide, select Vertical and enter 148.5mm. Take the Type tool, and add your text as before. Select the image for the front of the card, and go to File > Print.
09 Prints charming
Select your printer from the Select Printer drop-down menu, then set the matching size from the Select Paper Size menu. Select Custom from Print Size drop-down menu, then check Scale To Fit Media and click OK. Click Print.
A further print dialog screen will pop up – this is determined by the printer driver, and so will look a little different depending on the make and model of your printer. Choose High Print Quality on Glossy Photo Paper (or equivalent).
10 Glossy side up
Make sure your photo paper is glossy side up, feed it into your printer and set this tray/feeder as the input under Paper Source. Click Print. For the inside of the card, flip the photo paper so the ‘wrong’ side is facing up and go to File > Print again.
Change the Print Quality to Standard and Media to Plain Paper (tick Greyscale to save on coloured ink), and click Print. Fold your card neatly down the spine and you’re done!
A quick way to preview different fonts after you’ve added text is to highlight the text by double-clicking it, then highlight the font name in the menu by clicking on it once and use the mouse scrollwheel, or the up and down cursor keys, to scroll through all the fonts to see how they look on your image. You can also use this shortcut to change the font size and leading.
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