Sunday, November 10, 2013
Making a 4 x 8 Christmas Photo Card With PicMonkey
I used my absolute favorite site, PicMonkey, to design a 4 x 8 card. Let me preface this post by saying that I am NOT being compensated by PicMonkey or VistaPrint--although if they are reading and want to compensate me . . . . just sayin.' I just had a clear picture in my mind of what I wanted to do, and these services helped make it a reality. Okay, on to the tutorial.
First I opened PicMonkey and clicked on Create a Collage.
I wanted to make a flat photo card. There are a variety of layout options--I chose just a simple two-photo spread.
I uploaded a photo for the left-hand side and one of the Winterland swatches for the right-hand side.
The next step is to save the collage! I always save mine as a .png for the better resolution, but it does take up more space. Once I double and triple-checked that my collage actually saved, I went back to the PicMonkey home screen and selected Edit a Photo. I chose my collage.
There are so many awesome photo-editing tools in PicMonkey. You'll notice little crowns next to some of the options--this means they are part of the upgraded service (aka, not included in the free version). You won't be able to use these features unless you pay up.
It took me a while to find a photo printing service that would print a finished 4 x 8 without requiring me to use one of their pre-designed templates. Many of the common photo processing places (Walgreen's, WalMart, etc.) require you to use a generic holiday card, just inserting your photos. That's not how we DIY, though! Luckily, VistaPrint offered exactly what I was looking for (and at a great price). After printing and shipping, my cards were $.80 apiece. I really hope you'll give PicMonkey a try--it's so easy. Be creative and enjoy!