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Make Holiday Cards in Photoshop: Merry Everything!

teacher avatar Khara Plicanic, Photographer, Designer, Adobe Educator

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Before You Start


    • 3.

      Setting Up Your Document


    • 4.

      First Steps


    • 5.

      Adding the Deer Silhouette


    • 6.

      Adding Type


    • 7.

      Saving Your Work & Setting Up the Back Side


    • 8.

      Adding Your Photos


    • 9.

      Type on the Backside


    • 10.

      Finalize Files for Print


    • 11.

      Lab Recommendation & How To


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About This Class

DIY your way to holiday cheer—Photoshop style! This beginner-friendly course is part of a 4-course series, each featuring a different design and guiding you step-by-step, from a new blank Photoshop document, all the way to a finished (fully customizable), ready-to-print, holiday card. Use it as is—or as an inspirational starting point!

As you make your way through the course, you'll gain real-world experience in sought after Photoshop skills including:

  • formatting documents for print
  • working with color
  • adding and styling type
  • manipulating layers
  • correctly saving to various file formats
  • adding special effects like pattern overlays
  • and so much more

Everything you need is included: The carefully curated fonts, the pattern files, and illustrations. I'll even share my personal recommendation on where to order your finished cards from. 

All you need to bring to the table are whatever photo(s) you want to include, and access to Photoshop. It doesn't even have to be a current (or even recent) version. Really. Everything this design involves is accessible in pretty much any edition of Photoshop. (Yes, that even includes Photoshop Elements.)

So let's do this. Make your holiday cards something special this year— design them yourself!

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Khara Plicanic

Photographer, Designer, Adobe Educator

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A professional photographer and designer for more than 20 years, Khara's a natural born teacher who's been sharing inspiration & know-how with fellow creatives around the world for nearly two decades. Her fun and approachable teaching style has earned her rave reviews on global platforms including CreativeLive and AdobeMax and she's honored to be a regular presenter at CreativePro, Photoshop Virtual Summits, and DesignCuts Live. She's authored several books with Peachpit and Rockynook publishers, been a featured speaker at a local TEDx event, and regularly creates content for CreativePro, PixelU, My Photo Artistic Life, and more.

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1. Welcome!: their care. And if you ever thought it would be fun to design your own holiday cards and Photoshopped, you were right. I've been teaching Photoshopped and Design for almost 20 years, and this course is part of a beginner friendly Siri's that I created help walking step by step. Four different holiday thin. This particular course will be creating this design right here. You'll find links for free downloads of all the related to mine elements and fun in the included course, along with a link for a free trial of Photoshopped. In case you don't already happened, way go. You'll learn how to build a new document from scratch, how to work with type and what the layers handle is all about. And when we're finished, you'll have a completed design that you can be proud of and a set of files that are ready to send to your favorite lab for printing. And if you don't have a favorite lab, all even walk you through the upload and ordering process at one of my favorite. So gather up your favorite photos, put on some holiday tunes or grab a cup of hot chocolate and let Dio 2. Before You Start: So as I showed you just a moment ago. This is what will be creating. It's a five by seven flat card with both of front and a back design. Everything you need is included, so take a moment right now to download the course files, click on all the links and download those files and install the fonts. If you need help installing fonts, you'll also find a link with instructions. How to do that in the course. PdF. You'll find the course files by clicking the Your Project link just below this video and then to the right hand side, you'll see the download link in the next video, we'll get started with photo shop, and mistakes are part of the fun. So when you make one, don't panic. If you need to undo something you've done, just press command or control Z. That's all there is to it. So let's get started 3. Setting Up Your Document: to create our new document. We're going to come up here to the file menu and choose file new. And this is going to be a vertical five by seven, basically. But because of that trim, the document size actually needs to be 5.252 We want to make sure this is set two inches and for the height will be 7.252 And down here for the resolution, we're gonna put 250 we can leave everything else as it ISS We'll go ahead and hit. Create. Next. We need to set up our guides so we know where our margins are going to be. To do that, we're going to go to the view menu and choose new guide layout. This allows us to put guides right where we need them, and we don't have toe bother with actually manually drawing them out. So up here, we're gonna leave this area blank down here. We want to check next to Margin, and we're gonna put two sets of guides, so we'll do one guide that's going to be at 1/4 inch from the edge. So we want 10.25 space I end for all these settings for top left, bottom and right, Leave this bottom blank. Then go ahead and click. OK, and now we're going to repeat that process view new guide layout, And this time we're gonna type in 0.1 to 5 space I end. So that's an eighth of an inch 0.1 to 5 and we'll click. OK, so what we have now are two sets of guides, an inner margin and an outer margin. So we just want to make sure that all the important information stays within the inner margin and that any background colors or anything that we want to go to the edge of the document needs to go all the way to the outermost edge. Now we're ready to load our color swatches to be your swatches panel twos, window swatches. These are the defaults watches that photo shop has to load the ones that I created for this project. Come up here to the menu button for the swatches panel and select loads watches navigate to the file called Mary. Everything dot a S E. That's adobe Swatch exchange and select it and then click open in the next lecture will tackle the first steps of our design 4. First Steps: The first step we're gonna tackle in this design is to fill in our background color. The color I'm gonna be using is the darker of the two blues here inthe e swatch theme. So if I hover my cursor over this darker blue will notice that the icon turns into an eye dropper and I can click to select that blue. I'll know that I have selected it because I'll see it appear over here in my toolbar at the very bottom as my foreground color. All I need to do to fill the background with my currently selected foreground color is the keyboard shortcut ault or option and delete. Next, we're gonna add a pattern overlay effect to the background. First, we'll need to unlock it. So in the Layers panel in the newer versions of Photo Shop, you can simply click on this lock icon to remove it in earlier versions of photo shop. You just need to double click somewhere here on the background, layer DoubleClick and then click OK to dismissed that box and and it's the same thing to apply. The pattern will go down to the very bottom of the layers panel and click on the FX icon from the list of different effects were gonna choose pattern overlay. We have a lot of settings here that we're gonna be changing. So don't panic if yours. Whatever is happening here, it looks different than mine. First, we're going to choose the pattern that will be using. Here we see the swatch, and if we click on this little down arrow that will open up the list of different available choices. This is the default that photo shop that my current version of photo shop is showing me. Yours may look different than this. There's a lot of options here, including one that looks very similar to what will be using. But this particular pattern is designed on a scale that's appropriate for Web, not for print. So I've actually created a pattern for this project, and we can load that pattern file here by clicking the gear and then choosing load patterns so navigate to wherever you saved it. And it's called black and white diagonal stripes dot pattern. So I'll click to select it and click open, and it will appear the very bottom of this list. So here I've called it right diagonals, so we'll just double click to select it and dismiss that pop up. Next, we're going to change the blend mode instead of normal. I'm going to click and select overlay. I'll leave the A pass ity at 100% and I'm going to drag the scale down. You can use the slider, or you can just type over here to 20% and then I'll click OK, it as a little bit of interest without taking away from the actual design. So in the next lecture, we're going to add the deer artwork. 5. Adding the Deer Silhouette: Now we're ready to add our dear toe. Open the file. You can choose file open and the navigate to wherever you've saved it, or I happen to have bridge already active. So I'm gonna go to bridge and double click the deer file to open it in photo shop. Now here we see that we have a vector shape layer on top of a background layer so we can just copy and paste this into our document to copy. It'll press commander Control, see, and I'll switch back to our other document up here by clicking on the document tab and then paste Commander Control V. I will select the move tool by pressing V for move of of Ah, and then I'll just click and drag to adjust the deer's position. If you want to scale it, you can, because it's a vector shape. See, we don't have to worry about resolution. You could press command or control t to bring up free transform and then shift and drag from a corner so we could enlarge him a little bit. Maybe about like that, and when we're happy with it will click the check mark up here. I'm gonna fill this deer in with a lighter shade of blue. So in the swatches panel, we have the swatches we loaded right here. And the 2nd 1 is a merry light Blue, it's called. So I'm gonna click to select it and make it my active foreground color. And I'll do that scene keyboard shortcut that we used to fill the background. So that's Ault or option delete. And because this layer the shape layer, is separate, it's just gonna fill in that color on the shape layer itself. Now we're ready to give our reindeer his classic red nose. I'm gonna add a new layer in the layers panel by clicking the new layer icon at the bottom of the panel. And then I'm gonna grab my shape tool. The shape tools can be found over here on your toolbar. And to get the ellipse tool, you're gonna click and hold on whichever shaped tool you've got active at the top and then mouse down and release on ellipse tools up here in the options bar. We want to make sure that this drop down is set to shape. And for the fill color, I'm gonna click and scroll to the bottom of our color palette here and click the red. That's part of the project colors. And then I'll come up here and click the stroke and make sure that it's set to none, which is the white box with the red slash and then just click away to dismiss that box while holding the shift key. I'm gonna come over here with my mouse and just click and drag to draw a red nose. When I let go, I can switch to my move tool by pressing the letter V and moving it into position. Right? Like so for the final touch on our dear. Let's add an outer glow to that knows by coming down to the bottom of the layers panel and clicking the effects icon and this time will choose outer glow. I'm going to use that same red for the outer glow, so if you don't see that here, you can click to bring up the color picker. And then, if you just click on these the top bar of all these windows, you can jockey them out of the way and then mouse over the nose to sample that color and click. OK, drag this back, jockey it back over and then we're gonna change the blend mode to screen will change the opacity to somewhere around 60%. I'm gonna enter a spread of 32% and a size of 100 and 39 pixels and then I'll click. Okay, now we see that we have a nice little glow behind Rudolph's nose and the next lecture we will add the type. 6. Adding Type: tohave the type to the image. I'm gonna press t to select the type tool and up here in the options bar. I'm gonna click to insert my cursor here and I'll just start typing the name of the font we're gonna use, which is Justin Road. And then it will pop up here so I can click to select it for the color of the type. I'll come up here in the options bar and click to bring up the color picker, and we're going to use the same color that the nose is. So I'll just mouse down and deceived that my eyedropper cursor is right here on the nose and click to select the Red Click. OK, and I'll move my cursor into position and click Teoh, insert my type and I'm gonna type a Capital M and then lower case e r R. Why? And I'll commit that type by clicking the check Mark. I'll switch to the move tool by pressing the and I'll move that somewhere over here, and I'm gonna scale it up by pressing commander controlled tea and shift dragging from the corner. Something about like this. I'll commit the type by clicking the check mark and then with the move tool still active. All hold down the altar or option key and just click and drag straight down to make a copy , switching back to the type tool by pressing the letter T, I'll click to insert my cursor. I'll select all of that type by pressing Commander Control A and then I'll just type over it with the word in all lower case everything and then exclamation point, and I'll return to the check mark here to set that type. Now this layer I want smaller. So a press command T or control T again to bring up the transform box. And then I can shift drag from a corner, this time dragging inwards to shrink this down a smidge, and I'll drag it into position right around here. I like the way that this why kind of tucks into that space? That's great. And then I'll return to the check mark to commit it. Now, when I look at this as someone who appreciates type, I see that the exclamation point here is running in to the letter G, so I'll make sure I have my type tool by pressing tea. And then I'm just going to click once to insert my cursor into this type. And then I'm going to click and drag to highlight that exclamation point. Then I'm gonna open up something called the character panel from the window menu. I'll choose character. And what we're gonna dio is lift the exclamation point up so that the dot clears the little swish on the G, and then I'm gonna maybe tuck it in a little bit, so to lift it up, I'm just gonna adjust the baseline shift right here. So in the character panel, we see this icon with a capital A and then a little lower case A that's raised next to it. I'm just gonna click right on that icon. And then I condone drag to the right to raise the exclamation point just so it clears the G down there. Now, if I want to tuck that to the left a little bit, I'll leave my cursor inserted just here, so I'm gonna not highlight it. Just move my cursor just right to the left of the exclamation point. And this time I'm gonna just this setting right here. This is called Kerney. So we have the letter V and then a slash and then a letter A. So this controls the spacing between different characters. So if I click on this and drag it to the light the left just a little bit it's gonna tuck the exclamation point in just a smidge, and I like the way that that looks. So when you are happy tweaking your settings, go ahead and click the check mark to commit it. I'm going to switch back to the move tool and use the arrow keys on my keyboard to just nudge that a little bit. And when I'm looking at this, I'm noticing the bottom of the G is right on this margin guidelines on the innermost guideline. And for me, that's just too close for comfort. So in my layers panel, I'm gonna make sure I've got the everything layer selected. And I'm gonna hold down the command key toe, also select the other type player, and I'll just drag this up and maybe a little bit to the left. So now we finished the design of the front of our card. So in the next lecture, we're going to save it and then prepare the files for printing 7. Saving Your Work & Setting Up the Back Side: All right. Now we're ready to save our work and prepare for print before anything else. I just want to do a double check. Make sure that everything's within the guides and margins the way we want. Then we're ready to save this so we'll choose file save as we'll navigate to where we want to put this. Give it a name, and I like to differentiate this from what will be the come the backside. Eventually, by calling this dash front down below for format, we want to make sure we choose Photo shop so that this document will be saved with all of our layers, and then I'll just hit safe. So the Photoshopped file becomes are working file. That's the one we return to if we want to make changes. But when we're ready to send a file for print, they don't want our PSD file, so we need to prepare a J peg to send for print. To do that, we're going to go back to file, and this time will choose save as, and I'm gonna keep the same name. Keep everything the same, except for the file format. Instead of photo shop, I'll choose J. Peg and I'm gonna get a warning down here saying that J Pegs can't support layers and that's fine. We know that. So what photo shops going to do is actually just flatten everything into a flat J peg, which is perfect for print. So I'll go ahead and click Save, and I want to make sure that in the J Peg options that I have the setting here for quality set to 12 and then I'll click. OK, and that's it. Now we have our J. Peg. Now we're ready to design the backside of the card, So let's prepare the canvas area by selecting all of the different layers. Except I'm gonna keep the Mary type player and I'm gonna keep the background so I'm going to just hold down command or control and click on all the other layers. So I'm going to delete the everything type player, the nose, lips layer as well as the shape, which is the deer. So I'll select those three things and then click the trash can at the bottom of the layers panel and they will disappear. I'm going to keep this type player, but we're going to change it. So for right now, I'll just hide it. And I can do that by clicking the eyeball right here. Just click to turn that off. Now we're gonna save this new edited version as the back side of our design. So will come up to the file menu and choose save as. And this time instead of front, I'll just call it look and will make sure that photo shop is selected for the format and I'll hit safe. And now we're ready for the next lecture where we will add your photos. 8. Adding Your Photos: All right, So now we're ready for the fun part, which is adding your photos before we go get them. Let's create the layout that we're gonna put them into. To do that, I'm gonna use the rectangle shape tool. So down here on your toolbar, you're going to click and hold. And if you don't already have the rectangle tool, just release on rectangle tool. I'm going to make sure in the options bar that I have shape selected here from this drop down. And it doesn't matter what Phil, you have. So whatever is here is fine. We'll set the stroke to none. You can click and make sure that set to none, and then we're ready to draw. So I'm gonna hold down the shift key, and I'm just gonna click and drag my mouth while holding shift something about like this. And when I'm happy with it, I'll release my mouse. Now I'm going to duplicate this three times for a total of four square, so I'll switch to the move tool by pressing V, and then I'm gonna hold all tor option and shift. And then I'll click and drag to the right and you see that I get a copy. So holding alter option makes a copy and shift keeps the copy in alignment with the original. So now we see in our layers panel that we have to square layers. And now I'm gonna I've got this top one selected. I'm gonna also select the 2nd 1 by pressing command or control and then clicking so that both are selected and then all again, press, alter or option and shift. And then this time will drag downwards like so And now we have four squares. You can use the aero keys on your keyboard if you want to nudge them at all. But I think this is looking pretty great. So now we're ready to add our images. So first will want to open however many images you're gonna need now. Maybe you don't have four kids. It doesn't. It doesn't really matter. You can use four images of anything. You can include yourself. You can use your your partner. You can put in your pet. You could just create some other kind of design, could put another message in there. You could adjust these squares. Maybe you want this one instead of a square. You want it to be a tall rectangle. So just target this layer and then do ah transform command and make it tall, And then you would have three. So you can adjust this however you need to. But I'm gonna go with four. And I'm gonna actually use three images in four squares because one of my photos has two kids in it. So whatever you're you're using, he wouldn't go to the file menu and choose open and the navigate and open toe all those images at once. In my case, I've got Bridge ready to go here. So I'm just going to select thes three. If you, you know, need to select multiple images that aren't all in a row like this, you can just hold down the command key, and then you could, you know, click to select whatever it is that you need. So you want to select all the images you're going to be using and bring them over here in two photo shop. Now I like the way this looks with black and white images. You can leave yours and color if if that's how they are. And that's how you want them. If you want to do a quick and dirty black and white conversion, here's what we're gonna dio. We're going to use our keyboard and press command shift and the letter you for unsaturated that will convert it just to a quick black and white. And now, if we want to adjust any tones or exposure at all, we compress command or control l to bring up the levels command. Don't let it spook you. There's just three sliders right here. We're looking at shadows, mid tones and highlights in most cases. For an adjustment like this, you can just focus on the mid tones. If you want to brighten your image, you're gonna click on that middle slider and drag it to the left, just a smidge. If you need to darken it, you would then drag it to the right. When you're happy with how things look, click OK. And now we're gonna copy this image so we can paste it into our design. All press command or control A to put a selection around the whole image. Commander Control, see to copy it and then up here, where all of the image tabs are. I'll just go over back to our Mary everything design and click that one. And now we're back in our image. Now, before you paste this in, I want to decide which square I'm going to put it into. And I think when you go with the top left, So if I look at the layers here, I can see that it looks like this here is the top left one. And I can confirm that by targeting that layer and then I could toggle the eyeball on and off. So I see this is indeed the top left, and maybe I even want to rename it so I can double click this and type top left and press enter. Okay, So with this layer selected, I can now paste the image into a layer of its own that will sit just directly above this layer. So I'll press Commander Control V and I'll paste it in now. It appears quite large, and it certainly doesn't look like it's sticking in the square. So we're gonna fix that by using the square as a mask. So it's called a clipping mask, and all we need to do is hold down the altar or option key and hover are cursor in the space between the photo layer and the square that we want to put it into. And when we hover in the right spot, we'll see this little icon. And then I can just click with my mouse, and we see that this layer is now indented and has a little arrow pointing down. So that lets us visually know that this layer is clipped to this layer, meaning that will only see this layer wherever this layer exists. So if you've never seen this before, I like to think of it kind of like those preschool craft projects that toddlers do where they scribble a bunch of glue, like on a plate or something on the paper. And then they dumped glitter on top of the glue. And when everything's all said and done, you only ever see the glitter wherever the glue waas. So this is your glue layer, and this is your glitter, so the photos only going to stick wherever the glue is. Now we still don't see the actual contents of that photo because they're just enormous. It's much too big for the square, so we're gonna of course, transform that with our dear friend the transform command. So command or control t And it's so large we can't even see the corners to be able to grab and scrunch the the size down so too quickly Zoom out So we can do this without a lot of scrolling. I'm gonna hold Commander Control and I'll press the number zero. Then while I hold shift, I can drag in words from this bottom right corner and we see that there it is. Now it's appearing and fitting and everything's just much merrier, isn't it? I'm gonna zoom back in a little bit by pressing command or control. Plus a few times just kind of scoot back so I can see what's happening. And then I'll continue adjusting this. Just remember, when you're scaling it, you always want to hold shift and drag in from the corner to shrink it down. All right, so I'm in a position it like so then I'll go ahead and press enter to commit it. All right, so we're basically just gonna repeat this whole same process for the other three photos are the other three squares here, so I'll tap over to this image, and this one's already black and white, so I don't have to mess with that. I'll just press command or control A to select it all. And Commander Control Seed a copy. Go back to this image and there's two kiddos in this one, so I'm gonna put the the first kiddo in the bottom left square. So I'm looking here at my squares, and I think that's this one, so I'll target it and then I'll toggle it and it looks like I was right. So now I'm ready to paste commander Control V. Now it's important that you target that layer first, because that way, when you paste it, it will appear directly above it. And that's what you need in order to clip it to this bottom layer here or the lower layer. So now I've got it here and we're ready to clip it, so I'll hold down all tor option on all hover in between those two layers till I get that funky looking icon, and then I'll click to constrict it to wherever the square appears. Now we're ready to transform it. Command or control T and Commander Control zero to again see all of it, and I'll hold shift in drag inwards again. Now I know this can feel very overwhelming, like Oh my gosh, that's a lot of commanding and controlling and transforming. I'm zooming back in again with Control Plus or command plus. But once you get the hang of it, it really becomes second nature and you just don't even like it's just a non issue. So hopefully this project will help you practice those skills on. You'll be really good at it in no time. The key is, I think, to really force yourself to use those keyboard shortcuts and just keep doing it, and pretty soon you'll do it in your sleep. All right, so when you're happy with the position again, enter now. I haven't have the other kiddo in the same photo, so I don't have to go get another photo right now. This one is still on my clipboard, so I'll just select. I'm gonna do this top right square, so I'll find it here. Where are you, this one. So I'll target this layer so that it's active in my layers panel. And now just paste again. Commander Control V. and now we'll clip it again. So alter or option and hover in between the photo layer and the glue. Layer the glitter in the glue and I'll click to connect them and again transform Commander Control T. I can't see any of the corners, though. Command or control zero again to scoot out and then shift drag inwards to scale it proportionally, and I'll zoom back in with command or control. Plus a few times, there we go. Now maybe it goes without saying, But you want to be sure that as you're adjusting and scaling your photos, you never want to scale them higher than what you dragged them in. As so if you dragon an image and it's too small that you you can't use it unless you enlarge it, then that's means that that image doesn't have enough pixels in order to print Well, in this document. So in that case, you would want to try to find a different photo. So just keep that in mind and again when you're happy with everything, go ahead and press enter. All right, we have one left here. I think that must be this file. Yep. So here's another one that I'm going to convert to black and white. So again, that's command shift or control shift and the letter you for unsaturated on. I'll bring up levels again, Commander Control L. And I'll grab this mid tone slider and drag it to the left. Just ah Smith. Click. OK, Commander. Control A to select it all. Copy it. Commander. Control C returned to the image and the bottom. Right. Is this one here? So once it selected, I can just paste hold down. Alter option to clip commander controlled T to transform Commander Control zero to scoop back and hold down shift and drag inwards. We can decide. I guess how big we're gonna make him in here as long as we don't go bigger than what we started with. And if you're not sure, like who did I enlarge it? I'm not sure you can come up into your with and height options as long as your command transform boxes active and I can just right click in here and shoes percent for the with and percent for the height. And as long as it's 100% or less than you know that you're okay. and you haven't enlarged it. So that will be good. Press enter or you can, of course, click the check mark and it's set. So now we have our images. This is looking pretty good. The whole thing's totally off center. I don't know if you've noticed, but I noticed and I just didn't want to fix it yet. So now we're gonna take a moment to do that. So in the layers panel, we need to select all these layers all of the glitter layers, the photos and all of the glue layers, those red squares. So with the top layer selected already, I'm gonna hold down the shift key and then I'll click on the bottom glue layer. So we've got four glue layers and four photo layers selected and then with my move tool. So I press V to get my move tool. Now I can just click on here and drag this until it's in a better spot. If you are having a hard time getting your objects centered and you're smart, guides aren't kicking in. For whatever reason, one of my favorite tricks is to just add a guide right in the center, using the rulers and the percent scales. So to do that, I'm gonna turn on my rulers by pressing command or control R for rulers. And then I'm going to right, click or control click on the actual scale on the actual ruler here and instead of inches or pixels or whatever I want it to be percent cause then I don't even have to do math to figure out where the center is. So we see the 50 right here. So if I go over to my vertical ruler on the left, I can just click and drag. And if I hold down my shift key, it'll snap right to 50. And I see that Whoa, I was definitely off. So now I can use my move tool, or, if I want a zoom in a little bit here, I'm holding down command or control space bar and dragging with my mouse to zoom in. I can also use my arrow keys to nudge. If I'm trying to drag and it's it's dragging, too, too big of ah, move at a time. You can try using your arrow keys. So there we are. Now that's looking much better. I could just tell that that was off. And now we're ready to add a little white Phil behind this just to make it really pops. So in the Layers panel, I'm gonna target that background layer because I want the white Phil here to be just on top of the background layer and below everything else. So I'll target that background layer, and I'll create a new layer by clicking the new layer button at the bottom of the layers panel. I'll come over here back to our shape tools, and I'm going to click to get that rectangle shape tool back that we used earlier. And this time I want to make sure that for the fill instead of the red that we've had before, I want to click to to make it white, and I'll leave the stroke at none and make sure, of course, that were still in shape mode over here. And then I'm just gonna position my cursor in the corner and click and drag right about there, and we can see now, of course, the smart guy it is kicking in, and I'll use my arrow keys to adjust the vertical position until I got it where I want it. And that is looking great. I hope you're proud of all your work. In the next lecture, we will finish it up by adding the type. 9. Type on the Backside: in this lecture, we're gonna add the type and wrap up the design for the back of our card. So we should have our type player from the front side of the card still here in our layers panel, at least one of those layers. So I'm going to click here to turn the visible visibility back on. And then I'm gonna switch to my type tool by pressing tea and then click to insert my cursor, and I'll just highlight all of this and I'll just type with a capital L A lower case O V E and a comma. And then I'll press command or control enter to set the type. Now let's talk about this because you may notice that this comma doesn't really match the rest of the type here. And if I highlight just the comma using my type tool and we look up in the options bar, we see that for some reason, at least in my Photoshopped, that type typeface has changed from Justin Road to myriad pro, and I don't know if that's happening on everyone's computers, but this is one of the things I run into a lot with with free or super cheap fonts. And I used three fonts when I designed all of these because I just wanted them to be really accessible on. Everybody could just have them. And they're free fonts that come with commercial usage rights. But because there are free, they maybe you didn't get quite the quality control that you would get when you are purchasing a font. So this font contains a comma. But for whatever reason, when I press the comma key on the keyboard, it's not finding the comma that is part of this fund. So what I'm actually going to do is delete that comma. And then I'm gonna open my glitz panel by going to window glimpse. Now. The glitz panel was added to photo shop a few years ago, so if you're working in a really old version, you won't find it. But for everyone else, um, here's what the glass panel looks like. And right now it's showing me myriad pro, and it's showing me all the characters that are part of the myriad pro typeface. Well, the comma that we want is part of Justin Roads typeface. So I'm gonna click this drop down and scroll up to find Justin Road. Here it is. And with that selected now I can scroll through and look at all the different characters. And we see there's actually some fun surprises in here. Like, did you know that this font contains ah heart doodle? That's pretty cool down here. We see that it does in fact, have a comma right here. So to use it with our cursor in place over here, I can just double click, and it will insert that character. So that's a little foray into the glass panel. We can close that and get it out of our way now. So I'm gonna set this type by clicking the check mark up here and let's move that type player to the very top of the layers panel because you may notice, if I grab the move tool, you may notice that the type is underneath the pictures, so we want it to be on top. So I'm going to click and drag it, and when I see the highlight appear right there, it's very picky. If you're in the wrong spot, it won't work. So you want right there where that highlight is, then you can drop it and it'll move up there so we can position this where we want. We'll fine tune that in a minute. Next, we're going to duplicate this layer, so we fit the move to active. All hold down, alter option and dragged downwards. I'll switch to my type tool with the letter T and I'll click and Commander Control A to select all of that. And now I'm going to type in the family name the Blooms great and will commit that type all press commander control T and shift drag to scale that in so that it fits tucks up in here nicely and when I'm happy with it, all committed next will add the names of all the kiddos by first creating a backdrop to hold them and give us a little more contrast to make it easier to read. So I'm going to switch to my shape tool again, that rectangular shaped tool, and we want to make sure that it's set to shape, and I want the Phil to be read and no stroke, and I'll make a new layer, and then I'm just going to click and drag. Basically what amounts to like a little banner here, and we can always adjust the size and shape of it if we need to. Later, I'm gonna close the properties panel that keeps coming up. Now, I'm gonna add some more type on top of this, so I'll switch back to the type tool. And this time I want the type to be a different type face. So up in the options bar, I'm gonna click to insert my cursor and we're going to use another typeface called Moose Ao Slab. And I don't want the italics version just regular. So Museo Slab and we'll adjust the size and all that in a minute. While we're up here, we might as well choose the color. So I'll click in the swatch right here. And I just want white so I can either type in a numerical value for White or I can try to drag to this very top left corner until I c f f f f f down here. Or I can also hover my cursor in the image and just click to select it. So however you want to do that, get your color click, OK, and now we're ready to add type. So when a position my cursor just down here not on top of the box actually wanted just down here so I can manipulate it completely separately from the box will move it in a moment, so I'll click to create it. And now I'm gonna type Liz, who's seven comma Emma, who's six. Tobin and Tommy are three, and I'm also gonna click the center alignment up here in the Options bar to center that type within the type line. I'll commit it all. Press command or control. T and shift scale it down so that it fits in this box and we don't want it to be too tight in this box, so I'm going to make it a little bit smaller. So we have some nice margins and I'll switch to the move tool, and I'll use my arrow keys to nudge it. If I want to adjust the red banner behind it, I'll just go back to that layer in the layers panel and press commander Control T. Maybe I'll even zoom in a little bit, so I can just There we go, make sure that's lining up. You see how the Smart guide clicks on the magenta guide. So that just shows me that I've got this lined up with the edge like so. And finally, I'm gonna take thes two type players down here. I'm going to select him in the layers panel, so we'll click to select one and shift click to select the other, and I'll grab the move tool, and I might just tuck him up. I kind of like to have them overlapping that, um, banner just a little bit. But I also think that it's a little bit too big, so I'm gonna scale these down together as long as both layers are selected. I compress Commander Control T and then shift drag inwards and they will scale together as if they were on one layer. And that's it. We just created our back side of our design, and hopefully right now you're thinking that was not as hard as I thought. And feeling pretty proud in the next lecture, we will save our work and prepare the final print files 10. Finalize Files for Print: All right. So let's save our work. To update the previously saved version of this back file, we can just choose file save, and that will give us that PSD file with all the layers. But of course, we don't want to send that to the lab. So to make the lab or printer friendly, J. Peg, we're gonna choose file save as and this time from the format drop down will choose J peg and then click safe inthe e j peg options box. Make sure the quality is as high as it can be. That's a level of 12 and click. OK, all right. So now you have a combined total of four files to files for the front two files for the back each, the front and the back. They each have a PSD. This is your working file. So if you want to edit this or make changes, that's the file you open toe work on. And the J peg file is the one you send to the lab 11. Lab Recommendation & How To: Congratulations. You did it. Now you have a finished design and you're ready. Toe, upload your files to your favorite lab. If you don't have a favorite lab, I always recommend em. Picks dot com to get started with them. Just goto m picks dot com and create your free account. Once you're logged in, look for the D. I Y. Cards link under the Cards menu. There, you'll find a variety of different options, including standards like square, vertical and horizontal. Choose the appropriate option. Select the corresponding size and click toe. Upload your finished design file. Congratulations. You did it. Thank you so much for watching. And please be sure to check out my other holiday design courses right here on skill share and hopefully, I'll see you back here again soon.