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Printing Photo Holiday Cards

November 27th, 2007

I’m often ask how do I print holiday cards around this time of year. This is really a personal decision based on what you want it to look like and whether your sending it our for business or for friends. I like to do something very different every year. It’s usually a big production, which sucks up a lot of time. I use to do Inkjet prints on watercolor paper, which people actually collected and framed. In recent years I’ve included images of my two boys. For personal cards, it’s almost mandatory to include a picture of the offspring if you have them.

Here are a few tips and recommendations:

If you have kids, I recommend sending a picture of them in a size that will fit in an Album or Frame: 4”X6” or 5”X7”. This could be something that can be cut out of the overall design.

Holiday cards can be printed on photographic paper or ganged up with other people’s cards on an offset press. Here are two services I‘ve used in the past:

shutterfly.com I like the “Holiday Photo Cards” but I’ve been disappointed in the “5X7 Greeting Cards”. The Photocards are are printed on standard photographic paper, but include some design elements. Make sure your files have an S-RGB profile before you upload them. For more info on local printers and profiles check www.drycreekphoto.com.

postcardpress.com I’ll be using the Design Online feature of this for my custom cards this year. This is offset printing ganged up with other people’s cards. It’s a great deal for a custom card but requires some design skills.

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