Monday, December 1, 2014

8 Tutorials for Creating a Christmas Card in Photoshop

Normally at this time of year I start thinking about what image I will use for this year's Christmas e-greeting. However, it crossed my mind the other day that it might also be nice to create a Christmas card for a few special friends.

There's only one thing to stop me really.  I've never made a serious attempt at it before, and I don't easily jump into the unknown.

I guess some would say I'm a cautious person. And in all honesty I can't argue that assessment.  Where others will plunge fearlessly into new experiences, I sit back and consider the risks. While there are those for whom air travel is a common sense way to get around this world quickly, I  need a pretty darn good reason to get in a plane.

There are many for whom the daredevil curves and hair-raising plunges of a roller coaster are what amusement parks are all about.  Me?  I rather enjoy the carousel. I would never skydive, scale the side of a mountain or bungee jump. I don't mind staying close to home for my vacations and feel not the least bit regretful that I don't plan any trips to exotic, though occasionally volatile, destinations.

None of this troubles me or makes me feel inferior to people full of the spirit of adventure, though.  I am a homebody, content in the familiar, satisfied by what I have and  of my abilities. For this I make no apologies.

Yet, there is one aspect of this mild trepidation of mine that frustrates me — my reluctance to try new things, regardless of how mundane. I try to convince myself it's okay, because time is valuable,  I hate failure, so why subject myself to something I might not be able to do well and instead waste precious minutes that could be spent achieving other things.

The answer, I constantly remind myself is, because learning and experience are important. People never know what their capabilities and talents might be if they never try anything.  I'm too old and edgy to take up freestyle skiing, but there's no excuse for not opening up Photoshop and seeing what I can accomplish. Especially with the dozens of tutorials out there to guide me. Like these for example:

Make a Custom Holiday Photo Card With Photoshop Elements

Create a Christmas Tree Card

A Holiday Greeting Card Photo Border

Create a Custom Christmas Card in Photoshop

How to Create a Christmas Card in Photoshop

Design Your Own Christmas CardHow to Make Christmas Cards from Photos

Create Custom Greeting Cards in 6 Steps

Design a Dazzling Holiday Card in Photoshop
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