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Greeting Card Setup & Printing / Photoshop Elements / Windows / Vertical Image

Vertical Image Design

You are at the beginning of the "Greeting card setup and printing tutorial for Photoshop Elements, vertical image design, for Windows."

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 easy.

Get Started - Template Download

Red River Paper offers free blank templates for Photoshop Elements. Using the templates will save you a bit of time, and come with helpful guides that show the score line and margins. Click here to download.

Prepping Photoshop Elements

First, turn on the Photoshop Elements Rulers and Guides.

Go to the View menu and click both rulers and guides. They are helpful when designing your card.

Set Photoshop Elements to "Expert" mode.

Getting Started

Find and open the template for your project. They are sorted by size and image orientation.

The blank template opens with the instructions layer visible. When you are done reading the instructions layer, make it invisible. See below.

Quick Tip - Making a layer invisible, or turning the layer "off".

Preparing Your Card's Image

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.

Remember that cards have a maximum image area due to printer margin restrictions.

The chart below shows you the maximum image size you can use by card size:

Card Size The Maximum Printable Image Area for the Size
7 x 10 4.75" w x 6.75" h
6.25 x 9 4.25" w x 6" h
5.5 x 8.5 4" w x 5.25" h
5.25 x 10.5 5" w x 5" h
8x9 Pano 3.75" w x 8.75" h
8.5x11 5.25" w x 8.25" h
Cropping Help - Click here for a brief video on how to crop in Photoshop Elements.

Putting the Image on Your Card Layout

Verify you have the Photo Bin selected. It will allow you to see all open images.

With the Photo Bin activated, you will see both the image and the blank template file.

Next, we will drag the image onto the blank template as a layer.

Double click on the blank template in the Photo Bin. It will become the visible and selected image in the editor.

Now, with the Move Tool selected, click and drag your photo or image from the Photo Bin onto the blank template.

Your image will appear on the blank card layout as a new layer. It will be visible in the layers pallet on the right of your screen.

Next, activate the Move Tool in the tools pallet on the left of your screen.

Click and drag on the image and it will move anywhere on the layout.

This is where having the guides and rulers active comes in handy.

Move the image to the right of your layout and right next to the top, right, and bottom guides. If you image is smaller than the maximum size we recommend above, use the rulers to place the image in the middle of the layout.

Below you see a card layout with an image centered on the front outside panel.

Text on the outside of your greeting card.

With the text tool active, click in the area you'd like to place text. Enter your text and click the green check box when satisfied.

The text will become a layer - it can be moved, edited using the text tool again, or moved around the layout.

NEXT STEPS - Printing Setup

Click on your printer model below to see how to set up a custom paper size and your printer driver for card printing:

Have an Epson printer? Click here

Have a Canon printer? Click here

Have an HP printer? Click here

Last updated: August 19, 2020

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