If you recently joined the ranks of those who send printed greeting cards, welcome! This enables you to distribute a personalized card without having to draw designs or sign your name. The highlight of the greeting card preparation process is deciding what photo to use on the front. When it comes to this, everyone in the family seems to have an opinion.
Thank goodness vendors offer fast printing online because it may be Christmas Eve before you decide on a photo. To prevent all the arguing, consider taking a photo especially for this card. Dress the family in some holiday wear and head to the beach, woods, or even the backyard. Arrange everyone so all faces can be seen and capture the shot.
Once you have a picture worthy of your greeting cards, it is time to incorporate it into the card design. There are many options, including using only the photo as the front design or adding a brief holiday greeting to this page. With full color printing, you can make everything pop off the page, so take advantage of this.
The final design should be saved as a PDF, JPG, or TIF file. If you have a designer in the family, ask him or her to convert the fonts to outlines and save the file as an EPS. PSD files are also acceptable as long as all layers have been flattened. Those who only know Microsoft Word should seek assistance from the printer design team.
After submitting your image as 300 dpi CMYK in an acceptable file format, sit back and wait for your creation to be delivered to your door. Fast printing times will have the cards in your hands within several days. In the meantime, you can work on the ever-popular holiday letter that informs everyone of developments within the family.