Have you ever gotten up in the morning, looked at your calendar, and suddenly realized you had forgotten a friend’s birthday, or maybe Mother’s Day or Father’s Day? We have all been there. Rushing to the store for a card or paying extra to send flowers with express shipping. Fortunately for us, there is a new way to send greeting cards.
Placeit.net is a website that can be used to create and share designs for everything from greeting cards to T-shirts. Today, the goal is to tell you everything you need to know about how to use Placeit to make greeting cards, so the next time a special occasion slips your mind, you will know exactly what to do.
Access the Placeit Greeting Card Maker
Because Placeit is such a large website, offering thousands of different services, it can be a bit tricky to navigate if you are a new user. Here are four simple steps to follow to access the greeting card designer.
- Look for the Designs drop-down menu at the top of the home page and click on it.
- Choose the option labeled “Online Design Maker” and you will be rerouted to a new page.
- At the top of the page, you will see a search box. Type “Greeting Cards” into the box.
- After you have searched for greeting cards, scroll down the page and you will see the different greeting card options available.
Choose Your Greeting Card
When choosing which greeting card you want to design, keep in mind that Placeit allows you to customize every aspect of your card. This means that you are deciding more on the layout of the card than the actual card itself.
For example, if you are searching for a Birthday card but you see a Valentine’s Day card with a layout that you love, you can select the Valentine’s Day card and simply change the background image, colors, and worded message to fit a birthday wish instead.
Design Your Greeting Card
As mentioned previously, Placeit allows you to customize every aspect of your greeting card, from the color scheme to the background image, as well as a custom font choice. It even gives you an option to use your own personal photos if you wish. In this section, we will tell you step by step, exactly how to make your greeting card using Placeit.
Choose Your Card Size
Placeit offers greeting cards in four assorted sizes. Simply scroll down the greeting card design page, and at the bottom of the card designer, you will see the available dimensions for your greeting card. The default card size is the largest, followed by options for:
- 6 x 9 inches
- 5 x 7 inches
- 5½ x 5½ inches
If you are using personal photos for your greeting card design, choosing the size of your greeting card first is especially important. Varied sizes of greeting cards will also have varied megapixel sizes. This means that a personal photo could fit well on one greeting card size, but on another, it could be blurry or even rejected completely.
If you are using a photo that was taken with a professional quality camera, this should not be an issue. However, if you are using an older photo, then the megapixel count could be low enough that it will only work with smaller greeting card sizes.
You will also need to crop your photo to fit on your greeting card and be the size that you want. When you switch your greeting card from one size to another, it will change the way your cropped photo fits on the card.
Choose Your Greeting Card Image
On the right-hand side of the greeting card designer, you will see drop-down menus for color choices, as well as an option to add a graphic, a search box, and background images. This is also where you will see the opportunity to upload a personal photo or use no photo at all.
There will be an assortment of images displayed for you to choose from. You can also use the search box to look up specific images. For example, if you have chosen a card template for a Thank You card, but you are turning it into a Valentine’s Day card, you can type “love” into the search box to find image options that better fit your design.
You may notice that as you choose different background images, your color choices change. Some of the background images have only one main color, while others have the main color as well as an accent color. Therefore, it is important to choose your background image before designing the rest of your card.
Customize Your Greeting Card
Once you have decided on the background you want to use for your greeting card, you can add any graphics that you would like and start experimenting with your color scheme. Use the drop-down menus to choose your colors. You can choose from any of the displayed color options or click the button that says “more” to create a custom color.
Color adjustments for any graphic that you add will be displayed on the left side of the screen beneath the text options. Because graphics are separate from the rest of your card, you can choose two separate color schemes for your card and your graphics. You will not be able to adjust the color scheme of a personal photo.
If you are using a personal photo in place of a preset background, you will be able to crop your photo and readjust it until you like the size and fit. There is also a crop option for some of the other backgrounds, but not all of them. If a background image does have a crop option, a symbol will appear in the corner of the image after you click on it.
Customize Your Greeting Card Text
A greeting card is only as good as the message it delivers, so your text is arguably the most important part of designing your card. You will find all the tools for customizing your text on the left-hand side of your screen.
Depending on the layout of the card you chose, you could have anywhere from one to four separate text boxes. You will also see an option to add another text box if you want to use more words than allowed by the word count, or if you want to use text in another font or color.
All text boxes have the same customizing tools. A drop-down menu for color choice, a drop-down menu for font choice, and an eye that you can click on to make the text appear and disappear. The one thing that varies from box to box is word count. When you click on any text box to start typing, the word count for that box will be displayed.
Customizing your text should always be the very last step you take when designing a greeting card. This is so you can choose the appropriate color scheme and font to match the design of your card.
Send Your Greeting Card
When you have finished designing your greeting card and are satisfied with your results, you will, of course, want to send it. There are two separate ways for you to send greeting cards made in Placeit.
Across the top of the greeting card maker screen, you will see options to download your card, save it, add it to your favorites, or share it. If you download your card, you own it forever and can print it with your home computer. Your other option is to share your card via social media or a link.
The Placeit.net greeting card designer is a new and innovative way to design, create, and share greeting cards for any occasion. With so many design options, you are sure to create something new every time you use Placeit.