As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Saying Thanks with Photo Cards

Photo Cards -it sounds like a novelty now but there was a time when people sent each other photos of moments shared.  And by photos I don’t mean jpeg files sent as an email attachment but actual images printed on glossy photo paper.  For my son’s birthday thank you cards, I decided on personalized photo collages.

A Personalized Photo Collage
This summarizes the event and highlights photos 
where the receiver is the main star in the photo.
Admit it, you like photos when it’s a good one of you. 
So make sure you also choose the best ones 
of your friend to send.

Steps to Making a Photo Collage

There are many ways of doing this- Photoshop, Word, Pixelmator, but it all depends on your skills level. I will show you some shortcuts that will make your photo cards look professional without taking a ton of time or costing a fortune.

I used the card feature in iPhoto ‘ll.  Apple would like you to purchase the cards through them, but we can just as easily print these ourselves with a trick or two!.

These are the steps:

  1. Create an album with the photos you are going to use for the photo collage
  2. Go to file and click on NEW CARD
  3. Select FLAT option and browse through theme selections
  4. Choose the theme you like and drop in the photos of your choice in the particular boxes. For a 4 x 6 size, 4 images is a comfortable number so the images don’t appear too small.
  5. Editing photos can be done while you are making the card, just watch out carefully for buttons and options, there’s a lot you can do while you’re in the card making mode.
  6. Take a screen shot of card. Command+Shift+3 in Mac OS. The image will appear on your desktop with a name like “Screen Shot 2012-02-02 at 5.55.55 PM.png”
  7. Crop photo and print on 4 x 6 photo paper.
  8. Take some card stock, fold in half.  Cut the stock to 4 x 6 so you are left with a 4 x 6 folded card.
  9. Stick the photo on the cover of the card with double-sided tape.  This makes a very sturdy (and beautiful) card you can give as a memento to your guests.
Your Photo Thank You Cards are now ready! Start writing…
One Photo Says It All
Here’s a different lay-out for the photo card I sent to family and friends overseas who wished they could be present and are eager to have a feel of what the party was like. Sometimes, one happy photo says it all. My husband and I were just delighted that we got one perfect shot wherein everyone-big and small- 

was facing the camera.


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This entry was posted on February 25, 2012 by in Communicate, Create and tagged .
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