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This is one way to make a postcard using powerpoint and photoshop. You could make it in just photoshop. I just prefer to work with powerpoint.

 

*Don't forget- don't pay full price at vista print. Go through a link like www.vistaprint.com/minicatalog for good prices. Slow shipping usually just takes 2 weeks not 11 like they estimate.

 

 

Insert->picture->from file

Click the image to open in full size.

Insert->textbox

Draw->group

Click the image to open in full size.

Right click->save as (save it as a jpg not enhanced media file)

Click the image to open in full size.

 

 

Open in photoshop (this is photoshop elements v2)

Image -> Resize-> Image size

Unclick “constrain proportions”

Set to 300 pixels

Width=1677 Height= 1300

Remember about ¼ inch from the edges will get cropped.

Click the image to open in full size.

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Same steps without pictures

 

Insert->picture->from file

Insert->textbox

Draw->group

Right click->save as (save it as a jpg not enhanced media file)

 

Open in photoshop

Image -> Resize-> Image size

Unclick “constrain proportions”

Set to 300 pixels

Width=1677 Height= 1300

Remember about ¼ inch from the edges will get cropped.

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I can't believe no one posted about this, these are great directions, Morg! Thanks!

I needed to know this for when we use them to make our reply postcards, altho I've done the postcards there, it is nice to know a cooler way to get a neat pic with text that I actually like! Thanks!

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I posted this in October when I was still getting comfortable with photoshop. I was much more familiar with powerpoint. Using a program like photoshop or lumapix to make the whole thing is better. That way you don't lose resolution with powerpoint & have to add it back with photoshop. It works, but it's better to avoid doing that.

 

My postcards turned out great following these steps, I just know it's not the best way to go about doing this. It's funny for me to see these old threads. It feels like it was so long ago I started learning how to do this stuff, but it was only 6 months ago.

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Thanks for posting these directions. I'm making VistaPrint post cards to send out with the room rates and Travel Agents info....Unfortunatly, when I save it as a gif or jpeg or any way, the text gets fuzzy.....any suggestions on what font works best?

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Originally Posted by deznchris2006 View Post
Thanks for posting these directions. I'm making VistaPrint post cards to send out with the room rates and Travel Agents info....Unfortunatly, when I save it as a gif or jpeg or any way, the text gets fuzzy.....any suggestions on what font works best?
that never happens to me, but I've heard other people say thats a problem they have with powerpoint. do you have photoshop? you could make the whole thing in photoshop & not have that problem.

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morg, do you have instructions for just photoshop? i'm redoing carly's postcards and would like to get it done quickly rather than mess around with it for a few hours. i have all the image files i need, im just not used to doing this is photoshop.

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