Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is not only about chocolate. Yes, chocolate is very important, but there are a number of other ways to tell that special someone you care on Valentine’s Day.
One of these ways is to give them a postcard. If you want to take it a step further, you can make your own postcard to send with the help of these tips.
Step 1. Document specs.
Setting up the document for your postcard is easy.
In your image editor, enter 6” as the width and 4” as the height. If you prefer to go with slightly larger dimensions, enter 7” for the width and 5” for the height.
Set the color mode to CMYK and resolution to 300 pixels per inch. These are standard settings for postcards.
Step 2. Color scheme.
Selecting a good color scheme will make it easy to make a postcard.
There are traditional colors (red, pink, burgundy) commonly associated with Valentine’s Day, but you don’t have to follow the tradition.
Step 3. Graphics.
The graphics you use should reflect the spirit of the occasion, but they should also be personal and unique. Hearts are classic but anything suggestive of feelings of warmth, intimacy and affection will work just fine.
If you want to make the postcard look artistic and original, you can use hand-drawn illustrations or you can use photographs. If you don’t have your own artwork to use, you can download royalty free images from a number of sites.
Step 4. Message.
Use the Type tool to write your text, and take the time to find the most suitable arrangement. Select a pretty font that will complement your graphics.
From cute and ornate fonts, to simple and elegant ones, there is no rule to follow here.
Keep the message brief and leave lengthy notes for the back of the postcard. A message, quote or motto is optional.
Step 5. The back.
The postcard’s back specifications are the same you used for the front, so create another document with same size, color mode and resolution.
Use the Pen tool to draw a straight vertical line and position it slightly off center. This line will separate the address area from the rest. Use a one pixel stroke.
Draw four horizontal lines, also with a one pixel stroke, and place them on the right. These will be the address guides.
Sending love through the mail.
Making your own postcard is the easiest way to send 100 percent personalized Valentine’s greetings. A postcard is healthier than candy and it will definitely last longer!