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Card Setup and Printing - Horizontal Image Layout - Photoshop CC CS6 CS5

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

Get Started - Template Download

Red River Paper offers free blank templates for Photoshop here. Using the templates will save you a bit of time, and come with helpful guides that show the score line and margins. Once you have them on our computer, you can open the right size and orientation template and begin on Step 1b below.

If you do not have the templates, start with Step 1a.

STEP 1a - Create a Blank Canvas from Scratch

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

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

Paper Size Width Height
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" 5.25"
8 x 9 Pano 9" 8"

2. Set resolution to 300ppi. This is the most popular resolution for inkjet printing. We recommend no lower than 240ppi.


Your blank canvas for horizontal photo orientation will look like this.

If rulers are not turned on, do so by hitting COMMAND + R on your keyboard.

The blue line on the layout is a Photoshop guide. In this case it represents the middle of the layout where the card will fold. You will have to place that guide manually if you want the reference. See Photoshop's help menu for information on guides. The Red River Paper card templates come with guides already in place.

The lower half of the page will be the outside front of the card. The top half is the outside back.

Step 1b - Open and prepare the card template you downloaded

At right is the Red River Paper template when first opened. This is the Instructions layer showing the front and back of the card, as well as the fold line and printable margins.

To turn the layer off, go to the Layers pallet as shown below and click the "eyeball" icon next to the Instructions layer.

STEP 2 - Card Layout

Next, open the image(s) that you want on the outside 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.

 Borderless printing with custom sizes, like Red River Paper note cards, is not generally not possible. There are some exceptions we discuss here.

This table shows your maximum printable area for our card sizes.

Card Size Max Image Width Max 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"

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.

Your completed card should look similar to the example below. The black area is the Photoshop workspace, not the card layout.


To make more customizations, drag more images onto the canvas or add text and borders like the example at left.


All text and image on the outside back of the card MUST be UPSIDE DOWN in your layout to print correctly. Click for help with this subject

Click here for the next step - printing








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