Tutorials - Create a Custom eCard in Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Photo Elements

Before getting started, let's review the size and file requirements for custom artwork to be uploaded to your CorpNote account as a Custom Card:

Your images for upload need to be:

1. Create a new document with the following settings:

(File >New...) Create a new document specifying your desired height and width. I'm going to create this card at the recommended size of 600 pixels wide by 450 pixels high. Make sure the resolution is 72 pixels per inch and choose RGB color mode.

eCard sizing specifications

2. Filling the background

Fill the background layer of the image with a gradient, a solid color, or an image. Try to pick a background that works well with your overall design, and is not too busy.

Creating an eCard background

3. Paste in your logo

Insert your logo by copying and pasting (or create a new logo!).

Inserting a logo into the eCard.

4. Add your text message

Use the type tool to add your message.
Make a list of all the messages you want to create, and type them all in one session, as separate layers. Then you can save multiple cards from the same file, like 'Thank you, Special Announcement, Special Event' etc.

Adding text to the eCard design.

5. Dress it up!

Add a drop shadow and outer glow to your logo or text for added style.

Adding a drop shadow and other design elements.

6. Save it at the proper size and image quality

We use the "Save for Web" feature in Adobe Photoshop. In this example, we chose the JPEG file format (which works better than .GIF if your image contains smooth gradients — .GIF files work best with solid colors). Adjust the quality to find the best compromise between small file size and clear image. Even though you can upload Custom eCards up to 8MB in size, smaller files will load and display quicker for you and your eCard recipients.

Tip: Make sure you also save your original Photoshop file (.PSD) to a place on your computer where you can easily find them, so you can quickly make more cards from your template as your needs dictate!

Saving the eCard in the correct format and preparing for upload.

7. Upload your files

When your eCards are ready, sign in to your account, and select eCards > Manage Uploaded Designs.

Then click the 'Upload' tab. Where it says "Select an image from your device," click 'Choose File' and browse to where you saved your image(s) for upload. Select an image and click 'Continue'.

How to upload your new custom eCard into CorpNote.


8. Make final adjustments and upload.

Finalize Upload of custom eCard

If your image meets the upload requirements, you'll see a preview of your picture (and have the chance to rotate it if needed). Click 'Finalize Upload' to save the custom design to your account, where you can send it whenever you want. Your custom designs will appear when you select "Create a New eCard" and click on the 'My Designs' tab.

View your custom eCard under My Designs

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