As I constantly toy around with new ideas, I'm slowly creating an archive full of resources of base starter materials from which I can add my artwork on top. The idea is to have a single .psd file (Photoshop) that all of my art is done on, where I just create new layers to work on new pieces. This way, I only have to back up a single "master" file that contains all of my work. Yes, eventually this file will swell to a gargantuan size, but it'll be nice to have everything in a single place - actually, in multiple places, in light of my recent hard drive failure, Artpocalypse 2016.
I'm getting into the greeting card business soon, and I wanted to start off by sharing my template for printing A7 sized greeting cards if you want to make your own. These 5 x 7 inch cards are a common shape and size, and conveniently, can be printed two on each ledger (17 x 11 inch) sized piece of cardstock that your local print shop will have.
This is a .psd file of the image shown above. In it, there are two rectangular boxes that represent the outlines of the cards once you get it printed and cut. There is also a vertical line that indicates where the card is going to be folded before you cram it into the envelope. Two things:
1. Make sure your design extends beyond the boundary. Printers often account for some image bleed, as the image may not perfectly align with the center of the page. Therefore, if your image fills only the card shape and no more, you'll have an awkward off-center white border around part of your card.
2. Use these lines as a guide while making your design, but hide them before exporting the final image. The rectangular boxes are only 2 pixels thick, but it's 2 pixels of awkwardness if they go to the printers. Just click the eye icon (eyecon?) next to the layers to hide the black lines before exporting the print version.
Did you use this A7 greeting card template for your own digital art needs? Please add a link to your product in the discussion box below, and let me know if this resource helped you out!