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Greeting Card Setup - Mac / Photoshop CS3/CS4 Horizontal Photo Card Part 1

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.

The table at right shows each size and the maximum image area you can fit on each.

Borderless printing is not available in custom paper sizes.

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

TO BEGIN - start with a blank canvas. Click the File Menu and Choose New.

Make a new canvas based on these size rules:

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

The recommended resolution for inkjet printing is 300ppi

Your new blank layout should look like this.

The bottom half of the layout is the outside front of the card.

The top half is the outside back of the card.

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

NOTE! Keep the maximum image area in mind when setting up your cards. Check this chart for the rules.
Card SizeMax Image Area
7x104.75" h x 6.75" w
6.25x94.25" h x 6" w
5.5x8.54" h x 5.25" w

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.

Check your layers pallett.

You will see the image you just dragged to the blank layout as an individual layer.

At this point, you can add text to the outside of your card. More images can be dragged onto the canvas for front or back printing.

NOTE! All text and image on the outside back of the card MUST be UPSIDE DOWN in your layout to print correctly.
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Remember that you will end up with no less than a 1/8" border on all sides of the card.

Click here for the next step - printing