DIY Holiday Cards in Photoshop
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DIY Holiday Cards in Photoshop

A Step-by-Step Guide to a Merry Everything Design
4.8 (3 ratings)
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13 students enrolled
Created by Khara Plicanic
Last updated 12/2018
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This course includes
  • 42 mins on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • At the end of this course, students will have a completed design for a holiday card.
Requirements
  • You should have basic computer skills.
Description

DIY your way to holiday cheer—Photoshop style! This beginner-friendly course is part of a 4-course series, each featuring a different design and guiding you step-by-step, from a new blank Photoshop document, all the way to a finished (fully customizable), ready-to-print, holiday card. Use it as is—or as an inspirational starting point!

As you make your way through the course, you'll gain real-world experience in sought after Photoshop skills including:

  • formatting documents for print

  • working with color

  • adding and styling type

  • manipulating layers

  • correctly saving to various file formats

  • adding special effects like pattern overlays

  • and so much more

Everything you need is included: The carefully curated fonts, the pattern files, and illustrations. I'll even share my personal recommendation on where to order your finished cards from. 

All you need to bring to the table are whatever photo(s) you want to include, and access to Photoshop. It doesn't even have to be a current (or even recent) version. Really. Everything this design involves is accessible in pretty much any edition of Photoshop. (Yes, that even includes Photoshop Elements.)

So let's do this. Make your holiday cards something special this year— design them yourself!

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who loves design, is interested in Photoshop, and has a DIY spirit!
Course content
Expand all 10 lectures 42:19
+ Welcome
1 lecture 00:39

Take a moment to download an install the various related design assets so you can hit the ground running in the next section!

Preview 00:39
+ Front Side of Card
5 lectures 16:39

Details can be sexy! In this lecture, we'll set up the vertical 5x7 document. As you'll see, even though the finished card will be 5x7, the actual Photoshop document size will be 5.252" x 7.252" to accommodate the bleed (aka: trim) area that will be cut from the final printed piece during production.

Preview 02:30

Let's add some color! In this lecture you'll learn how to work with color swatches and keyboard shortcuts to fill the background with color. Then, discover how to add a pattern overlay for a touch of texture and visual interest.

Preview 02:51

Reindeer time! Here, we'll add a vector illustration (included) and learn how to manipulate it to control the size, color, and position. Finish it off with a shape tool and and a red fill to give Rudolph his famous nose. Finally, make it glow with an outer glow layer effect!

Preview 03:49

Add a fun holiday message with a beautiful, hand-drawn brush typeface. (FREE!) Discover how to access fine tune control over the most minute details using the Character panel.

Preview 04:52
Save Your Work & Prep Backside
02:37
+ Back Side of Card
3 lectures 24:14

Add your photos! In this lecture you'll learn how to build a simply photo layout using the power of clipping masks. Don't have four kiddos? No problem! You can customize the layout however you want. No kids? Substitute pictures of your pets, yourself, your partner, or even some of your favorite photos from a recent trip. You're the boss!

Add Your Photos
15:30

Who's this card from, anyway? Add your personalized family message here!

Add Your Message
07:46

Time to get this beauty into production! Save your work and prepare the print-ready .JPG files to be sent to the lab.

Save Your Work & Finalize Files
00:58
+ Wrap Up
1 lecture 00:47

You did it! Here's a look at how to upload your finished files to my favorite lab.

Wrap Up and Review
00:47