Monday, November 22, 2010

Photo Greeting Cards

Personalized holiday cards are always a big hit with family and friends. No, it doesn't have to be a picture of your kids or scenery around your house. The perfect vacation picture from earlier in the year or maybe a family reunion picture will work as well. The possibilities are endless, so get creative! Take a look at your images from the past year and if you don't see something that you like, then plan a photo shoot to create a new image just for the card. With images being viewed primarily via computer these days, it's extra nice to give/receive a printed version.

Most companies that print photo greeting cards offer the use of different templates. This allows someone with little editing and graphic design skills to be able to create their own. If you have your own photo editing software, then you also have the option to do your layout yourself without the help of a template. Keep in mind that the photo might be formatted to print as a 4x6 or 5x7, but it will be printed and cut on a machine. You may want to leave a little more room on the edges than expected to allow for trimming. I suggest always having one test image printed at the lab before you order a large quantity.

Prices vary from company to company, and changes depending on size, style, and paper options.

© Lisa Schwendeman, designed in Photoshop

Design by Morgan Calhoun, in Microsoft Publisher.

Another option is the Photo Holder Card. This is where you insert an image into a frame or sleeve. Companies like Target and Hallmark typically carry these. Keep in mind that with this option, you will have two costs: printing the images and the cost of the cards themselves. This typically tends to be more expensive, but is made from better quality materials.

The great thing about photo cards is that they can go straight into a standard frame for display. They also aren't just for the holidays. Think about other times when they can be used, such as for teachers, coaches, birthdays, etc.


A few online sources:
Shutterfly
Snapfish
Mpix
Cards Direct
Kodak Gallery
Zazzle


- Lisa Schwendeman