Pixlr is a great mobile device app and they also have a website that can be used for creating custom eCards. This tutorial will cover the Pixlr mobile app which is FREE on the Apple App Store. To create a basic eCard, follow the steps below.
Setting up Pixlr
Once you have downloaded Pixlr from the App Store, be sure to enable both camera and photo gallery access for Pixlr in Settings > Privacy > Camera/Photos
Image Options for your eCard
When you open the Pixlr app, there are three import choices:
Camera - take a picture and immediately import it into Pixlr
Photos - choose a picture from your photo gallery
Collage - choose several photos from your photo gallery and make a picture collage
Creating a Collage eCard
If you want to create a collage of pictures, click the "collage" option in Pixlr; otherwise, go to the next step.
Click the "collage" option and Pixlr provides a variety of tables to place your pictures into (highlighted in green)
Once you have selected a layout 'table', tap on each square and select a picture from your photo gallery to use in the collage
The options at the very bottom of the screen let you adjust the collage's border settings:
You can alter them to your liking but if you wish to avoid cropping the collage after it has been completely edited and finalized, select the fourth option (underlined in green) and then "4:3"
This changes the size ratio of all the images in your collage to 4:3 instead of cropping the collage as a whole
Note: The standard pixel ratio of all CorpNote eCards is 4:3
Once you have finished your collage layout, press "next" in the top right of the screen. This will take you into the Pixlr editor and onto the next step of this tutorial.
Working with the Pixlr Editor
Once you have chosen your type of image (camera, photo or collage), you will be taken to the Pixlr editor consisting of five different option categories:
Tools - adjust your image's colors, size, rotation, contrast, etc.
Brushes - draw fun doodles or designs on your image
Effects - add a colorful filter, creative overlay or stylistic effect
Borders & Stickers - add an appropriate border or sticker image
Text - create a layer of text and pick a font, color and adjust the size
Most of the individual tool labels are fairly self-explanatory; however, for a complete list of their functions, view the Pixlr tutorial within the app.
Crop and Save your Image into an eCard
When you have finished editing your image and want to export it:
Find the crop tool which can be located under the Tools category (first icon)
Select the 4:3 option, highlight the area you want to keep and press the checkmark in the lower right corner to complete the action
The border of your image might be cut off. If you want to use a border, try cropping the image first.
Finally, click "done" in the upper right corner and click the "Save Image" option to save your newly edited eCard to your Camera Roll.