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Greeting Cards in Photoshop

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Image Inspiration For Greeting Cards

Khara Plicanic

Greeting Cards in Photoshop

Khara Plicanic

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Lesson Info

7. Image Inspiration For Greeting Cards

Lesson Info

Image Inspiration For Greeting Cards

Now, we're gonna take a look at something different. So, I'm actually gonna close all these documents out. I'm not gonna save the changes because I already have them saved and we'll pop back over to Bridge and take a look at what we're going to make next. We'll open this document, this document. I'm gonna open a few things to show you some examples of stuff. Alright, what we're gonna work with. Alright, so this is another image that I got from Unsplash. So, that's a great source for free images that you can use in your designs and you can actually search now, their website, and find fun stuff. So, I was looking for a card, like to send like a thank you card for a kids birthday party. So, all the people who came to the kids birthday party, a lot of times, you know, you send thank you cards thanking people for the gift or whatever or for just for coming and so I thought this dinosaur would be fun. When I searched for kids stuff, they came back with this dinosaur. So, I really liked this ...

image and I decided to build the whole design around this image. So, that's a bit of a different approach compared to...what you see, if you go out online and you're just plopping your images into a template that someone else built, that can be a cool thing and there can be beautiful templates, but the effect is very different. So, to see an example of that, I'm gonna show you. Like, here's a card that I made with my husband one year and this was designed to be a template that someone could just drop their image into. So, there's kind of a fun little effect of this text overlaying the image a little bit, but it's just dropping in. Now, the neat thing is, because I created this, I was able to shoot an image to match the text that I wanted to use. So, it's kind of appropriate because it's singing like "fa la la la la" and we look like we're singing or we're rocking out or something there. So, there's some interaction going on between what's happening in the photo and what's happening in the text. So, that can be a fun thing. Here's another example where there's no overlay. So, the text is not overlaying the image at all, but the text has the word "Splash", it says, "Thanks for coming and making my party such a splash" and there's a photo of a little gal splashing. So, there's some interplay of what's actually being said in the text with the image which can make for a fun graphic. Here's another one. Here's where the text is a little more generic. It just says, "Thanks for coming and making my party fun" and there's just like a cute, fun photo, but it's not actually... they weren't created to go together and that is the cool thing that you can do when you are making your own card. You can actually write text that is specifically for the image that you're using and you can make them interact in ways that can be really fun. Often times, if you are getting a template to drop photos in, you'll see something like this. So, this is just a generic photo template. Some designs are printed when you order cards. They might be printed like on a press like we talked about. So, the previous example that we did is an example of that.

Class Description

A homemade greeting card is something people cherish. In this class you’ll learn to create custom greeting cards for any occasion. Using photoshop as the primary software tool, Khara will guide you through the design process for several types of cards. 

This class will cover:

  • Different approaches to greeting cards 
  • Working with type and image in Photoshop 
  • Sourcing assets for your cards (Creative Market, etc.) 
  • Getting things printed: on demand services, etc  

If you're always searching for the perfect card but can never find it, it's time to make your own! Learn how in this class.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5.1


a Creativelive Student

I bought this class and love it! I learned so much - Khara is a great teacher. She has packed in heaps of detail and new ideas, and is very easy to listen to. I am now a Creative Market addict and have had lots of fun making my own cards. Thanks Khara!

Pat Taylor Schink

I found this really really useful in many ways, like photoshop shortcuts, how to incorporate glyphs and patterns and more. I bought the Sunshine Daisies and the Fontbox pkgs and also discovered that a year ago I had purchased some other packages with glyphs/patterns/dingbat fonts and brushes and never really knew how to use until this. I have watched portions over and over because I didn't take very good notes. Khara is a great instructor. I recommend her, too.


Khara has really inspired me to try making my own cards. She has taken the intimidation factor out of the process for me. I'm purchasing her class, but I sincerely hope she'll do a follow-up class with yet more ideas. I'd particularly like to see her work through a folded card with text inside. I must say that as a teacher I think she is one of the best I've seen yet on Creative Live. She doesn't flit around too fast and really explains when she is doing (and UN-doing) various steps. Thank you, Khara!