With iPhoto's new card and calendar making feature, it's pretty easy to make a last minute keepsake for relatively cheap, and without having to don your parka and head out to the store or post office. But, sometimes it can be a little tricky getting started on the crafting process, so we put together a few quick tips for making some holiday cheer with iPhoto '11.
First things first, you'll want to select a photo that is clear, has a balanced color composition, and will put a smile on even the grumpiest man's face.
In this case, we chose a photo of me as a Pokeman master--because you gotta catch 'em all.
Click on Events and select your photo, then tap the "Create" button in the bottom right corner to begin. Select what kind of craft you're interested in creating, and then click "Create" when you get to the cover flow screen of letterpress choices.
We suggest adding the most inspirational message when creating your card. if you're having a tough time seeing the text, select the slider on the zoom option in the bottom left-hand corner to hone in on the area you're currently editing.
You can also change the font face, size, and orientation from the little menu that pops up above your text, or click on the Design option in the bottom right-hand corner of iPhoto to change the text color.
Say you want to add in extra pictures of your Pokemo--er, pets. A small icon will pop up; click on that to get a list of options that will enable you to add in more photos from your iPhoto events. Careful not to get too crowded though--you don't want the card to be too busy.
To add in extra photos, right-click on the selection to open up the photo browser. Then, go to "Show Last 10 months" or "Last imported". When you've found the photo you're looking for, drag it into the selected photo frame. If you've selected to add more than one photo, select the next photo frame and repeat this process.
When you're finished, used the Navigator at the bottom left-hand screen to pan over to a different area of the card.
Click the "Buy Card" selection, and select whether or not you want the Apple logo to appear on the back of the card. When you check out, you'll be prompted to enter in your iTunes or Apple ID, and then you'll be asked for your Shipping information.
To save money and to get your cards right away, you can also choose to print out your card on your own printer. If your printer doesn't support double-sided printing, you'll have to print out one side of the card on card-stock paper and reinsert the it back into the printer. Be sure to practice a few times with regular paper to get the orientation correct before using up all your fancy paper.
To make a calendar, you can use the same techniques, but instead select a specific set of photos to have printed onto it. Once you choose your design, you'll be prompted to choose a calendar to import from iCal, and you have to option to include national holidays (from various regions!) and birthdays from iCal. Like the cards, you can print these out on your own printer for speed and to save money.
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