Jun
8

Create a Postcard in Photoshop Elements

by
Hayley Paterek

Learn how to add text to your photos in Elements and make picture-perfect postcards for your friends and family

Postcard front and back view
Create your own postcard in Elements

Turn your travel shots into personalised postcards for friends and family at home by adding text in Elements. Here’s how in five simple steps…

Step 1

Step 1
Step 1

Begin by opening your image in Photoshop Elements. Make any corrections or adjustments to you image first whether you want to brighten it up in levels or use the clone tool to remove marks. You can now select the text tool from the tools menu on the left-hand side and make a selection of an area where you want the text to appear.

Step 2

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Step 2

Select a suitable font from the drop down menu; we used Brush Script MS in italics. You can now adjust the text size and select a colour that will ensure your words stand out. Now type your text across the front and click OK. You can use the move tool from the tools menu to reposition your text on the postcard.

Step 3

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Step 3

Once you are happy with the results, flatten your layers via Layer>Flatten Image and resize it to postcard proportions (4×6 inches) via Image>Resize>Image size. You can now save the image.  To create the back of your postcard, go to File>New>Blank File. Select custom preset and add in the same postcard dimensions so that the front and back will align when printed.

Step 4

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Step 4

Opt to view rulers on your blank image via, shift+apple+R and then select the line tool from the tools menu. Using the rulers drag a straight black line down the middle. On the right-hand side, create three horizontal lines for the address. You can now select the text tool and add in your message and address on the left.

Step 5

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Step 5

Finally flatten all of the layers and save your image. You can now print out the cover of your postcard, flip the paper and then print the back. Alternatively use an online printing service. Finally add a stamp and send!

 

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