How To Make A Valentine’s Day Card In Photoshop

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Valentine's Day isn't too far away and as you're a photographer, this stops you the perfect opportunity to use one of your own shots on the front of a card you've personally crafted in Photoshop. Just follow the below steps and you'll eventually have a Valentine's Day card you can give to your loved one they definitely won't find on the shop shelf. 


Bring into being A New Document In Photoshop 

Go to File>New (Ctrl+N) and for a landscape card, in the dialogue box set the A4 paper size in the width and height boxes. From the drop down elect cm and in the width box key in 29.7cm and in the height 21cm. If you're creating a portrait card you'll need to reverse these figures. Set the resolution to 240 pixel/inch (ppi). Cause sure the background colour is white and rename your new file 'Card'. Colour mode should be set to RGB and 8-bit. Click okay and you will comprise a blank canvas with these measurements.



Create a new layer, we do this so this layer can be deleted when all the elements are in situation. To make folding the card may refer to easier select the Rectangular Marquee tool (M, Shift + M to tab between the options) and in the menu option across the top of the page set kind to Fixed Size and key 148.5mm into the width box and 105mm into the height box. On the canvas, click in the top left corner and a rectangular selection one-quarter of the dimension of the canvas will appear in the top left.

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Add A Line To The Selection 

Go to Edit>Stroke and set 1px width, the colour to Black and Place to Centre and click OK. This will create a narrow border around the selection which will appear as a thin line on your canvas. Rerun the last two steps in the bottom right corner and you'll have a rough, but very useful, guide.





Use The Bewitching Wand Tool 


Select the Magic Wand tool tool is any physical item that can be used to achieve a goal, especially if the item is not consumed in the process and click inside the bottom right quarter. This will skip town a selection inside the quarter.




Open The Image That Will Feature On Your Card

Open the image you require to use on your card and Select>All (Ctrl+A), Edit>Copy (Ctrl+C) and then with the new canvas selected again choose Edit>Paste Into (Take care of+Ctrl+V). This will make your image appear inside the selection you made with the Magic Wand Tool. If some of your embodiment is hidden you can use the move tool (V) to put it into place or if you need more accurate control go to Edit>Free Transform and drag the corner handles to resize the photo so it provides better inside the selection. If you hold down the Shift key as you resize, the image will stay in proportion. When the image is sized and positioned correctly twice click in the centre to make the change permanent.

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Add Your Message

You now need to select the Text tool so you can add a communication to your card. This tool is a 'T' shape and can be found in the tools palette. To add text, click in the top left part of the card. You can erase the font style, size and colour from the options in the top toolbar. 





Rotate The Text

Remember the exercise book inside the card needs to be upside down so when the paper is folded the text appears the right way up inside the card. To do this, go to Edit>Permute>Rotate 180 degrees. Then make sure the Move Tool is selected and position the text where you want it.







Smooth out & Print Your Image 

Click on the layer that you created the guide in and delete it. You can hit the delete key on the keyboard or drag it to the waste bin. Lastly, go to Layer>Layer Flatten then print your card out.

You may get a message saying that the image is too big for the paper do you wish to proceed. Click no and go to Pull a proof pix with Preview so you can change your printer settings. You need to select borderless printing (if the option is available) or Scale to fit Media and trim off the frame when it's printed.



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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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