Finishing Touch 2

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!

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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.

Soft border

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.

Soft border final

 

Greeting Card Finishing Touch

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.

Finishing touch GC

 

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.

Canvas

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.

Stroke

 

Here is the final look (the black line is just to show you the border)Stroke final

You can add much wider borders of course and experiment with different colors.

 

Detached keyline

Outer Border start

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.

 

Outer

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.)

Outer Border final

Recipe Greeting Cards

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.

Polka Dots Oh My!

 

I have had an idea in my mind for awhile about using polka dots as a background. I found a good YouTube for creating your own polka dot patterns.  It is quite involved so I will give you the link if you want to try it rather than repeating all the steps.

For greeting cards, they are fantastic but with images a little trickier to get a good match.  Having Fun!

Texture Tip

Belle Fleur Textures has beautiful collections of textures but also a couple of very nice tutorials. She offers a great way of reducing the texture on your main subject but still leaving the color tint so the image goes together nicely.  Check it out!

Go to http://www.bellefleurtextures.com/ and click on FREE Tutorials – The Blur Method. Check out all Cheryl’s textures too… love the Fairy Garden collection!

Slow Shutter

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Circular motion, handheld.

 

There are so many ways to use a slow shutter speed for creative effects. Today  I set up a white piece of foamcore behind some flowers held by a plamp.

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Up and down, texture overlay

 

Then I moved the camera handheld up, down, around… all different motions.

You get all different effects. Since I enjoy creating greeting cards, I did some where I had plenty of white space too.

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I also put the camera on a tripod and moved the flower with my hand in some of the images.  Generally I’m shooting at 100 ISO with 1/3 second and f/8. My lighting was from an overhead tungsten bulb and two softboxes’ modeling lights… no flash.

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OUTLINE YOUR FONT

Font Outline

Original Word

 

Outline a Font

Sometimes you want just the outline of your letters, especially on greeting cards. One word says it all!

In Photoshop type your word or words with a bold font like Cooper Std Blk.

Select your letters with the Magic Wand tool and Contiguous unchecked on the top toolbar so one click selects all the letters.

Font Outline Final

Outlined Letters

Click twice on your Text layer and the Layer Style dialog box will come up. Highlight the Stroke option, adjust the size of the stroke and click on the Color square to choose an outline color. Click the OKs.

With the Text still selected, slide the Fill to 0% on the Layers palette.

Deselect and you have just the outline.

Font Screen

 

Serenity Prayer Greeting Card

Serenity Prayer

I visited a waterlily garden this weekend and found many beautiful lilies. I felt this would make a nice greeting card with the Serenity Prayer. The basic post-processing is listed below. I have 2 ebooks on greeting card design and an online class for learning creative ways to enhance your photos on cards including camera technique and post-processing.   http://www.esunrisedesigns.com

Basic Steps for this card

1.Open new file of 5×7 @ 300dpi for your blank card.

2. Pick a nice texture image for the back ground and drag into file.

3. Choose your image and crop to 2×3 inches.

4. Select the image, Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow Light Angle 129 (Distance 15 Spread 14 Size 44 for this one) Multiply is the default blending mode.

5. Using the T type tool, type your verse or phrase. I used California FB Italic at 12pts and 24pts leading (between lines of text)

Greeting Card Design Online Class

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Greeting cards have been my passion for many years and are so much fun for photographers and Photoshop users. My two ebooks on greeting cards have been popular and give a variety of techniques. So I developed this online class to cover all aspects of greeting card design and offer critiques on your assignments.

The Photoshop instruction shows screen captures from Elements 12, but any version above Elements 9 or Photoshop CS and CC versions will work fine. You can use any camera!

Specifics

1 – Basics

2 – Shooting Techniques for cards

3 – Text Effects

4 – Photoshop Enhancements

See complete details at http://www.esunrisedesigns.com