We all know how easy it is to make cute custom photo cards in Photoshop. But there are so many Lightroom users out there who do not have Photoshop.
Last year I made these Valentine’s Card Lightroom Template that I am sharing with you to use for your child’s school exchange. You have to take a special picture of them to get these to look right when you insert the candy. But it really makes for an impressive looking Valentine…and a great way to incorporate the candy treat too!
Here are the two I made for my son. Note, these are examples of the finished product with candy attached.
They really turned out awesome and my son was really excited. Here is what you need to do to make them.
Go to the template page to get the template FREE and then upload it to your computer using the Lightroom Templates Installation Guide (Mac users pay special attention to the instructions about templates that come with a .jpeg).
Taking the Picture
You need to find a white wall or background to take your photos in front of. I took my son’s picture in front of a white wall in our sunroom. For the lollipop, have your child hold their hand in a fist and raise their hand up and to the side a little. For the Hershey bar picture, have them pretend they are holding a giant Hershey bar with their arms straight down and their hands looking like they are holding it.
I find it helped my son when I showed him an example of what the card would look like before I took the picture. It is a good idea to take your picture further away than what the finished card looks like so that you can crop it just right in Lightroom for the template.
Editing in Lightrom
Pull up your photo in Lightroom. After editing in Develop, go over to the Print Module and choose the template you installed. One thing to be aware of: the template, when it comes up in Lightroom, will not have the red border until you drag an image into the template. It is a photo border.
Choose the template from the left column under User Templates (after you have installed it). Drag the photo from the filmstrip into the template. Now, there could be some cropping issues. So if your photo is not fitting right, go back to the Develop Module and crop it, then go back to the Print Module and try again.
After you get it positioned right, you may want to move the “Happy Valentine’s Day” message around, or you can also resize it to fit.
Saving your Template
At the bottom right of your screen is a “Print to File” option. This will “save” your template to a .jpeg. It is not the same as when you “Export” other files.
Options for your Card
This card is not limited to these candy cards. You can upload any image into the template and not add candy after…as I have done with this “newborn” pic.
I am including a few font options in the zip files. And, I am making them in both Red and White colored fonts. If you want to use another option from what is in your template, you need to upload them through the Identity Plate in the Print Module. Just click on the Identity Plate in the right column, select Edit, Locate File, and then find one of the other Font options.
Where to Print
Most importantly, I know you want to know where to print these! I printed 25 flat 5×7 cards at Mpix. When you get to Mpix, choose Products, then Cards. Then look in the left column and choose DIY. This is how you make your own card with an uploaded image. Choose the 5×7 flat cards. I printed mine with a Gloss finish and I added “Include Envelops”. With Priority Shipping, I spent $30 total (not counting candy!)!
Please PIN it!
Hope you love this card! Please PIN the image below to your Pinterest to pass it around. Everyone needs to get their orders in soon in time for Valentines!
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