How to Create Christmas Postcards in Adobe Photoshop

Make your friends and loved ones feel extra special by creating personalized Christmas postcards instead of buying one. Here, we'll teach you how to make one easily in Adobe Photoshop.

1. Choose a Card Shape and Size

How big or how small would you like your DIY Christmas cards? While you can always use the typical greeting card sizes that range between 5 inches by 7 inches to 4 inches by 6 inches, you can also make up your own. You can choose whatever size you want for your greeting card as long as it enables you to write an expressive message. Aside from simply choosing a card size, you can also personalize your Christmas card even more by choosing a specific shape for it.

2. Decide on a Christmas-related Theme

Although we already know that your greeting cards are intended for use during the Christmas season, you still need to determine a specific theme for the postcard's overall design. This refers to whether you would want to go retro for a timeless and simple postcard or to go minimalist for a clean and fool-proof design. While this may depend on personal preference, you can also consider the preference of the recipient.

3. Gather Images or Photos

It would really help in enhancing the design of your professional postcards if you add images or photos to it. Of course, your graphics should always be appropriate to the theme unless you're planning to use personal photos. You can use images from the internet as long as they're not watermarked, and make sure to use those with high resolution. Start looking for images of a Christmas tree, gifts, stockings, snowflakes, or maybe even Santa Claus.

4. Design your Christmas Postcard with Photoshop

With Adobe Photoshop, you can start designing your Christmas postcard by using the images and photos that you've gathered in an earlier step. After opening Adobe Photoshop and creating a new project, you'll be given a choice whether to start from scratch or to use presets. Choose whichever is more convenient for you, just make sure that when designing your holiday postcard, there will still be enough space for you to write your message.

5. Write your Personalized Message

Holiday cards are indeed for writing a heartfelt message to a friend or loved one during the special occasion. Photoshop has its own text tool that you can freely use to write your message, but you can also use third-party text generators although these will be rendered in graphics format. Appropriately, your message should start with a "Merry Christmas" greeting and then followed by your personalized message.

6. Export and Share your Finished Postcard

After you've finalized the look of your Christmas cards as well as your message for the recipient, you can save it to a file format that's easy to share and print. While you're always allowed to keep it in PSD, exporting it to the PDF format will help in preventing any formatting issues. Aside from PDF, you can also export it to EPS, JPEG, or GIF, these file formats are highly printable as well.

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