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Super-Simple Card Setup / Photoshop / Mac / Horizontal

If you are looking for the simplest way to create a basic note or greeting card in Photoshop, this is the place. You will start with an image, and in a few steps end with a card layout - a photo on the outside front and blank outside back. If you want to create a more complex card with multiple images or text go back to the card setup help home.

Borderless printing with custom sizes, like Red River Paper note cards, is generally not possible.

Get Started - Open Your Image

Open the image you want for the outside front of your card. For this tutorial, you will need to choose an image in the horizontal (landscape) orientation.

In Photoshop, go to File > Open to begin.

STEP 1 - Image Size Rules

Borderless printing with custom sizes, like Red River Paper note cards, is generally not possible.

Refer to the table below for the maximum size you can make your image by card size. Make your photos this size or smaller using the crop tool or image resize feature.

Card SizeMax Image WidthMax Image Height
7 x 10 (A7) 6.75" 4.75"
6.25 x 9 (A6) 6" 4.25"
5.5 x 8.5 (A2) 5.25" 4"
5.25 x 5.25 (Square) 5" 5"
8 x 9 Pano 8.75" 3.75"

Once you resize your image you are ready for the next steps.

STEP 2 - Create Card Layout

You will now create the card layout using the Canvas Size feature in Photoshop.

STEP 2a - Front Panel

At the top Photoshop menu bar, choose Image then Canvas Size.

The Canvas Size dialog will appear showing the current image size as the canvas size.

1 - Set width and height according to the table below

2 - Verify the Anchor controls look as above

3 - Set background color to white

Set the canvas size based on this table:

 

Card Size Set Width To Set Height To
7 x 10 (A7)7"5"
6.25 x 9 (A6)6.25"4.5"
5.5 x 8.5 (A2)5.5"4.25"
5.25 x 5.25 (Square)5.25"5.25"
8 x 9 Pano9"4"

You will notice the image now has a white border on all four sides.

STEP 2b - Complete Card Layout

At the top Photoshop menu bar, choose Image then Canvas Size again.

The Canvas Size dialog will appear showing the new canvas size you just created

1 - Set width and height according to the table below

2 - Verify the Anchor controls look as above

3 - Set background color to white

Set the canvas size based on this table:

Card SizeSet Width ToSet Height To
7 x 10 (A7)7"10"
6.25 x 9 (A6)6.25"9"
5.5 x 8.5 (A2)5.5"8.5"
5.25 x 5.25 (Square)5.25"10.5"
8 x 9 Pano9"8"

Now click OK. The canvas updates and you have a completed card layout - bottom panel is outside front and top panel is outside back.

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

NEXT - Printing Your Card

Click here for the next step - printing