Photo Greeting Card
Assignment: Design and Produce a Greeting Card
Goals: Produce a useful item to be given out in time for Valentines Day or some other upcoming special day.
Tools: Adobe Photoshop
Lead in - When have you received a greeting card? Why are they so important? What has sort of replaced the written greeting card?
Greeting card...to be done for somebody REAL and somebody OUTSIDE of this class (as in...NOT in Communication Graphics class of any period or even you) REAL EVENT.
1 Picture (a candid, portrait or a cell phone/candid)
Text on the front and inside (you need to TYPE out messages...don't use a graphic to say Happy Birthday...that is "cheating")
Credit line on the back to include: ©2015 with your picture as a small stamp. The formal portrait goes back here...either from the portrait session or the roll picture taken at the beginning of the year.
Greeting Card Template Versions (there are 3...see below for a "picture menu" of the four you can choose from).
STOP! Read the instruction highlight in Yellow before clicking on the link to go to the Template Folder = choose appropriate template. Open in Photoshop. Then, choose "Save As" when prompted...save to your DROPBOX. Or, find the correct Template in the ClipArt More folder on \\172.17.180.35
Note: Using a Template makes designing a card VERY easy. Make your card(s) abundant with great details. If you finish your first card, you can do a second card. Extra cards are only 25¢ each...so have some fun with this...and make some picture greeting cards for your friends. I also have envelopes for 10¢ in a variety of colors.
To do the © symbol...go to the text box, put the cursor in front of the 2016. Hold down the ALT key with the left hand. Using the Numeric Keypad, type 0169 then let go of the Alt Key. Presto, the © will appear. Make sure you have used the Numeric Keypad. Or you can simply copy and paste from this page.
Don't get to close to the edge...but you CAN go over the margins, except the one in the middle.
Use the shift key when rotating graphics and word art...this will help to constrain the object to help prevent skewing the object.
ClipArt: Occasions (i.e. Birthdays): Disk 6, 11, 14, 16
Make sure the BACK of the card does NOT compete with the front of the card. Your picture and text should be very small. The text should be small, 8-12 point. The pictures should be postage stamp sized. Think how the back of a Hallmark card.
You may want to refer to the commercial samples I have...or other commercial samples online.
Greeting Card Printing:
Once I give you the "Clear for Printing"...you will need to make a PDF:
See PDF for exporting and printing instructions.
After the PDF has been created, Copy from your DropBox and PASTE to the greeting card folder on the \\172.17.180.35\Data\Greeting Card
If it prints incorrectly, with typos, etc., you will need to pay 25¢...if you want to reprint. Present your card to me for grading after you fold it . If you want an envelope, they are only 10¢. You may make additional cards for only 25¢ each. Once you have made one greeting card...making additional cards is even easier. Just do a SAVE AS and change the file name to reflect the recipient...also add the year you are making the card to the file name. BTW: If your card isn't for anyone...you do NOT need to print!! In fact, you can't print!
Once I give you the "Clear for Printing"...make sure your paper is loaded correctly...tell me if you want special color paper. If it prints incorrectly, with typos, or to the wrong paper, you will need to pay a 25¢...if you want to reprint. Present your card to me for grading after you fold it . If you want an envelope, they are 10¢. You may make additional cards for only 25¢ each. Once you have made once greeting card...making additional cards is even easier. Just do a SAVE AS and change the file name to reflect the recipient...also add the year you are making the card to the file name. BTW: If your card isn't for anyone...you do NOT need to print!! In fact, you can't print!
Bonus Greeting Card Activity:
If you don't want to do another printed card, Then, try an eCard (card sent via the internet), Hallmark or http://www.bluemountain.com/ , to be sent automatically on a date you specify. VERY nice...and it's free! I would like everyone to send at least one eGreeting, if time permits. One year, we were able to send an electronic greeting card, Let's Say Thanks, to a soldier.
Samples (document will open in AAR):
Greeting Card Sample, Vaglica VDay (see screen shot below...or click on link for full size document)
Greeting Card Sample, Loker Christmas (click link for a sample of a horizontal card)
See bottom of the page fro more samples.
Screen shot sample:
This is a sample of Vert 1 (more text on the INSIDE of the card):
Greeting Card Template Versions (there are multiple versions, some for MSWord and Photoshop, as well as vertical and horizontal for both types):
UPDATE - Starting in 2013, we now use PHOTOSHOP to create the greeting card.
MS Office Templates The MS Office templates below are not used, but still serve a useful purpose to see options.
1: Use if you want lots of text inside the card.
2: Use if you have only a small amount of text.
* Use the horiz of either above if you want a Horizontally orientated greeting card instead of vertical. See samples below for an example.
MS Office Vertical 1 (most common...with most text on the INSIDE of the card)
MS Office Vertical 2
MS Office Horizontal 1
MS Office Horizontal 2
Samples: (NOTE: May not be 100% to spec.)
Older Samples...may not be 100% to current Spec:
Rough Draft Samples
Vabrielle covered ALL her bases...put the required info on the front, and on the back laid it out correctly.