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Photoshop CS3 Greeting Card Setup Tutorial

There are many ways to set up and print a greeting card using Photoshop. This tutorial offers a "Photoshop as a layout tool" approach to greeting card printing. If you think of the canvas you will make as the unfolded card (outside or inside), then learning where to place images, text, borders, etc. will be very easy.

Note that there will always be a small white border around on the outside edges of Red River Paper greeting cards . Borderless greeting cards are possible in only certain instances. You must use a 7x10 card and have a 13" wide printer. Special help for that is here

Start with a blank canvas. Choose
File > New from the top menu.

1) Make a new canvas based on these size rules:

Paper SizeNew Canvas Size
7x1010" w x 7" h
6.25x99" w x 6.25" h
5.5x8.58.5" w x 5.5" h

2) Set resolution to 300ppi

STEP 1 - CREATE A BLANK CANVAS


Your blank canvas for a landscape orientation greeting card will look like this.

The blue guide visible in the middle is where the pre-scored fold line is on each sheet of paper.

The right side is the outside front of the card and the left is the outside back.

STEP 2 - CARD LAYOUT



Move Tool

Next, open the image(s) that you want on the front of your card. You can prepare images beforehand with borders or other special effect. Or, you can open a simple unaltered image for placement on the card.

Make sure you crop or size your images using the table below as a guide.

Now, use the Move tool and drag images onto the blank canvas you created in the step above. They will come into the blank document as new layers.

NOTE! Maximum image size for your card. Exceeding these sizes may result in unwanted cropping when printed.

Card SizeMax Image Area
7x104.75" w x 6.75" h
6.25x94.25" w x 6" h
5.5x8.54" w x 5.25" h

Your completed card should look similar to the example:

You can take this opportunity to add text with the Text Tool that can go anywhere in the printable margins of your card.

The minimim margin is no less than a 1/8" border on all sides of the card.

Click here for the next step - printing