I haven’t been adding as many blog posts recently as I have a Facebook group now for people interested in creating greeting cards and other printed materials with their photos. For detailed how-tos I refer them to the blog. Please go to Facebook – Groups and search for PhotoGraphics to join!
1.Start with a blank layer and some text, this will work for shapes too.
2. Right click/Cmd click on the layer name in the layers palette. Select rasterize layer. Ctrl/Cmd click on the layer thumbnail to select the type. Create a new blank layer.
3. Edit>stroke. Try 3-10 pixel stroke depending on the resolution of your image. Pick your color. Click Center in the Location dropdown.
Last week I showed you how to add keylines to your greeting cards or other images. This week I’m showing you an easy soft white border. Your printers generally do not print within 1/4″ of the edge, so this border takes away any issue with that!
Use the Rectangular Marquee tool (M) and type 10 px in the Feather box on the top toolbar. This will soften the edge and give you rounded corners. This is for a 5×7… if your image is much larger you will need to feather more. Draw a box within 1/2″ of the edge as shown by the marching ants below.
Now Cmd/Ctrl Shift I to invert your selection so just the border is selected. Edit > Fill > White 100%. You will see the feathered edge towards the center. Ctrl D to deselect the box. You can make a wider border if you like.
Dilemma: your printer adds a 1/4″ white border on your greeting cards. It looks okay but there are ways to add a more polished finishing touch.
In Photoshop, go to Image > Canvas Size and add an inch or more to width and height in White. Then use the Magic Wand (shortcut W) and click in the white border. Now Ctrl/cmd I to invert the selection and the marching ants should be around the photo area.
Edit > Stroke > 6 px > click in color swatch and you can click a color in your image to use. I use Inside to make sure it prints within my printer’s ability. If you choose outside you may lose part of your stroke depending on the width of your white border. This is called a keyline.
Here is the final look (the black line is just to show you the border)
You can add much wider borders of course and experiment with different colors.
For a detached keyline I create the stroke in a different way. Let’s say your image is 5×7 and you do not want to add canvas size, making cropping more difficult sometimes.
First, click on the padlock on your image layer. It will become Layer 0.
Add a layer filled underneath your image (Ctrl/Cmd and the new layer icon will add the layer underneath your selected layer. Edit > Fill > White.
On your Image layer – Edit > Transform > Hold down Shift Opt/Alt and pull a corner handle towards the middle slightly leaving a white border.
Use the Rectangular Marquee tool (M) and draw a box in the white area. Then Edit > Stroke > pick your color and size and hit okay. ( The outer border is to show you the whole card area. You do not add that.)
It’s fun to photograph food and then share with the recipe on a greeting card. I have given you three possibilities.
Recipe Greeting card
Print your photo on front of card and the recipe inside. Note the card is folded so the recipe is on the top half when opened. Or you can print it on the back if you want.
Gift Recipe Share
You may give bread, cookies or other baked goods at the holidays. Include a card with the photo and recipe. Print on a single 5×7 sheet front and back. (not a foldable card).
Greeting card with separate photo
If you don’t print your own cards, you can use a separate print and tack it onto the card surface. I added a title underneath the photo, but you can hand write it or leave text-free. The recipe can be printed on the inside on your regular desktop printer.
I love designing and sending greeting cards. An easy way to let someone know you care is to send a greeting card. Start your new year off right by committing to send a card a week. People love getting cards and it’s so easy. You can buy greeting card stock online or in some office supply stores. I purchase from Red River Paper. They have so many different finishes and sizes that suit most any photo. Share yourself and your work!
Wishing you all a wonderful and creative 2018
“New Dawn, New Year”
I have been using SmartPhotoEditor for about a month now. This software can be used as a standalone for $29.99 or a Photoshop plugin for a higher fee. The program is built on special effects from normal processing features to vignettes and textures to really far out stuff. It also has watercolor, oils and other painterly options. It has about 7,000 effects and contributors add to this all the time.
The interface offers category breakdowns that help find what you are looking for and the ability to save any effect as a favorite so you don’t have to look for it each time. You can also create your own effects in the Effects Editor for others to use.
As a digital photo artist I am really excited with this software and encourage you to use the 30 day free trial. (cannot save images until you buy the program)
For greeting cards the vignettes are amazing.. leaving nice white edges that help with printers that leave 1/4″ edge.
Go have some fun!!!
(except for the iris image all were from a recent trip to Charleston, SC)