Now that the holidays are over it is time for thank you cards for all the wonderful (and maybe not so wonderful) gifts that were received. I try to teach my kids how important it is to send thank you notes and this year I decided to incorporate them into the card.
If you are familiar with Photoshop (and believe me I am NOT an expert), this shouldn’t be too difficult to do and it is so worth the effort, especially if you have a grandma or grandpa who will be a recipient.
- GEOMETRIC BOY DIGITAL KIT BY SHERWOOD STUDIOS
- PHOTO PAPER
I took pictures of my kids in various positions to look like they were holding something. I tried to place them in an area without much background so that I could remove them easily in Photoshop. I had never done this before so I searched on the internet to find some tutorials.
I have Photoshop 7 and I found THIS tutorial on how to remove the background from an image. I don’t have a very steady hand so it worked ok but I didn’t love how it turned out.
I then found THIS tutorial using the quick select tool in Photoshop CS5. Problem was I don’t have CS5. So, I downloaded a free, one month trial version from Adobe found HERE. Problem solved! Let me (and others) know if you find an easier way!
This is what it looked like after I removed the background. I needed it to be on a transparent background so that I could put all the images together so I used the magic eraser tool and clicked on the image on the white part to do this.
I used the drag tool to assemble the kids in a line on a new file.
I next added a background from GEOMETRIC BOY DIGITAL KIT BY SHERWOOD STUDIOS.
Letters were then placed to look like the kids were holding them.
A few elements from the kit were added so the kids wouldn’t look like they are floating in air and I layered the entire piece on another colored background paper from the kit. I merged all the layers and made the dimensions of the final piece to be about 4.5X6 because that is the size of envelope I have. They could be made to fit a standard A2 size if you like and to conserve paper. At this size, I could fit two on a sheet and printed them on glossy photo paper.
I cut them out and mounted them on folded cards stock. You could also just place them on a single piece of cardstock and treat them as post cards.
Thanks so much for stopping by and….
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Other Articles by jknath:
- Christmas Pillow Box - December 16th, 2013
- PUMPKIN BOX - November 20th, 2013
- Halloween Matchbox Pop-up - October 17th, 2013
- Mustache Gift Bag - September 4th, 2013
- BANNER SHADOW BOX - August 21st, 2013