Christmas Card Infographic

make an infographic christmas card

I was on Pinterest today, checking a recipe- when I got totally sidetracked. As always.

Four hours later, I now have two fancy new Christmas card images to FINALLY print and send.

{yes, I realize my recipients are unlikely to actually receive them until say Valentine’s day… but it’s the thought that counts, right?}

So what caught my eye? A gorgeous and fun idea from Alma Loveland about making your own Christmas card infographic.

And while it took me four hours (3 1/2 of which were spent sifting through pictures, fonts, and color choices), if you use the tools I am showing you, you can pop one out in about 30 minutes.

I kept mine a lot more simple than Alma’s to fit my style more, but I LOVE how hers turned out. There are so many ways you can customize this to fit your own tastes, favorite fonts, etc. Be sure to read her tips because they are invaluable (and I am not going to go over what she already covered about font choices, etc).

You also don’t {NEED} photoshop to make an infographic like this- if you use PicMonkey or Picasa, I have some ideas to get you covered, too:

First, open up a blank image and then add text and some icons (you’ll be stuck using their icons unless you download some you love, put them in a collage and then re-open in the edit a photo option.

Add text and fun icons as you see fit, changing up colors and sizes.

The design elements and instructions I go over here won’re really do you any good, but you can check out how I spaced everything out to have fun making your own look- and just remember to have fun! You wont have the same icons and fonts but it will still look great.

 

So, Photoshoppers, how did I do it?

First, I picked out colors, fonts and icons I like, as well as some fun extras. Go on ahead and download these if you’d like to use them.

christmas card design elements

Veneer Extras (letter u)

Pugley Pixel’s color wheel

Thirsty Rough

Populaire

Bebas

Estrangelo Edessa (or any thin, sans-serif font you have pre-loaded)

and of course, icons from Alma Loveland.

 

So this isn’t a tutorial so much as some tips I found useful for you to use photoshop to get a look like this- this will require some basic photoshop knowledge, but nothing too scary. If you see a term you don’t know, a quick google search will set you up in no time (this is not advanced stuff, at all).

TIP: to get a solid wheel, I first used the magic eraser to clear out the pink background from the color wheel. I then selected the paintbrush and used the eyedropper to find the right color for each triangle (you could also type in the color number since they are displayed on them- but if you used an image without the colors written right on the image the eyedropper will pick up the exact color for you). Quickly (and carefully) paint over the lettering to get a plain background. {don’t modify graphics to pretend they are yours- it is a no-no. Be sure to give credit and check licensing terms. This is not something I am ever selling, using as a design element, etc- I’m just putting it in my family Christmas cards}. Then add your text and align them in any way you think looks best for the wheel shape (I had all sorts of alignments based on the triangle shape- there is no science- just what you feel looks best).

TIP: When you add fonts, icons, etc, to make them all line up and look even, I use a grid. Click VIEW>SHOW>GRID. Helps you get a perfect alignment, and you can just unlick it when you are done positioning.

TIP: to add a line, select the line tool. Be sure you have the grid option open or you’ll HATE making lines. You can change the width of the line by selecting different pixel sizes- or go to LAYER>LAYER STYLE> STROKE and add a stroke to thicken your line. You could also make a patterned line this way!

TIP: to add icons, open the file up in photoshop. You can easily hide icons you don’t want by clicking on the “eye” icon under your layer menu to the bottom right. If you don’t know how to extract images, that is a nice little quick cheat. If you want to change the colors, right click on the icon and click “select pixels”. Then head to “edit” and “fill”. Pick your color. If it won’t let you select “Fill”, your image isnt rasterized. You can either right click it again to rasterize, or click LAYER>LAYER STYLE> COLOR OVERLAY and chose your color. If it colors EVERYTHING (background and all) step backward, and select the magic eraser to clear out the background of your icon (or any area you don’t want colored). Then repeat the previous process.

TIP: since I am printing these, I made them to fit an 8 1/2×11 paper… but you’ll want to significantly scale them down and flatten your images if emailing. Or consider sending as a PDF (what I am doing as well, so they can be printed by people I email who don’t appreciate my thriftiness/slackishness).

Alma has some links to adorable card templates you can use to drop in photos- but I just kind of pasted in a ton and then slapped on some text for the backside of the print. Here’s how it turned out (love it!!! so plain and simple and let my photos shine):

photo card back

I think I am going to start making these for valentines, Easter… the big football game… pretty much anything I can come up with!

Have you sent cards yet? If you have, what would you make an infographic of?

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