Make Your Own Holiday Photo Card

Make Your Own Holiday Photo Card

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If you enjoy sending pictures to your family and friends, you may be wondering how to make your own holiday photo cards. Fortunately, this is a project that doesn't require great crafting or computer skills. All you need is a photo you wish to use and a basic image editing program.

Step 1

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Open a document in your image editing program that measures 4x6 with a resolution of 300 pixels per inch. (This tutorial uses Adobe Photoshop Elements, but the instructions are similar regardless of what software is on your computer.)

Step 2

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Create a background for your photo card using the gradient tool. You can stick to the traditional Christmas colors or experiment with wilder combinations if you'd prefer a more unusual holiday greeting.

Step 3

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Use the shape tool to draw a frame on your background.

Step 4

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Add a drop shadow to give your frame a touch of dimension.

Step 5

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Add your photo to the frame, resizing as needed.

Step 6

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Add your holiday greeting and your family's names, if desired. Add a piece of seasonal clip art, such as a snowflake, candy cane, or Christmas tree.

Step 7

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Save the image as a JPG file. To make your own holiday photo card, order prints at your favorite discount store or from an online photo processing site such as Shutterfly or Snapfish. A standard 4x6 print can be sent through the mail like a postcard, saving you a great deal of cash on your holiday greetings!

For more Christmas card ideas, please review the LoveToKnow Crafts slideshow Christmas Card Ideas.

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