How to Make Greeting Cards Using Your Own Photographs

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A wonderful way to customize your cards with a personal touch is to create cards using your own photos as the focus. Perhaps you are a photographer and want to use your landscape or cityscapes as the centerpieces for your cards. Or maybe you have some adorable shots of your children, your pets or just some silly shots of friends or family that you think would be perfect for your cards. Creating cards using your own photographs isn't difficult to do by using your computer and a graphics program.

Things You'll Need

  • Graphics software
  • Card stock
  • Select the photos you want to use for your greeting cards. It is important to remember that when images are enlarged, pixelation can occur and cause an image to appear jagged or to have a fuzzy appearance. Therefore, it is best to select photos that are larger than or relatively close to the size you want them to appear on your cards.

  • Decide whether you want to add text to your cards and, if so, brainstorm ideas for text that best fits the photographs you have selected.

  • Select a graphics program to use to create your cards. There are several programs on the market that range in both complexity and price. You can even use free software, such as the freeware program GIMP, to create your overall card design incorporating your photographs.

  • Open a "New" document by choosing "File" in the upper left corner of your screen and then choosing "New" from the drop-down menu. In the dialog box that opens, choose a suitable background and plug in the dimensions for your card. A document that is 4-1/4 inches by 5-1/2 inches works well. Choose 300 pixels for your resolution to achieve a quality printout of your card. Click "OK" when you are finished.

  • Import your photographs into the program you have chosen. There are several ways to access your photos depending on their format. If your photos have been placed on a CD by a photo processing service, you simply need to place the CD into the drive and save them to the hard drive. For images stored on a SD card, insert the card into your computer and follow the same procedure for saving. You may also choose to directly upload your photos from your digital camera using the camera's USB cord. Open the photos and then copy and paste them into the document you opened in Step 4.

  • Add your text if desired. Choose a font that best fits your photograph.

  • Print your cards yourself or select a printing service either in your area or online. There are several colors available in card stock paper you can use to print your cards from your home printer.

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