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Photoshop tutorial: Mother's Day card - Creating a card in Photoshop is easy and it will save you a few quid too!
Step 1: Duplicate the layer
Open your image, double click on the layer to unlock it and and duplicate the layer.
On the duplicated layer go to Edit>Free Transform and using the corner anchor points resize the image so it sits in the centre of the first layer. Once you're happy hit the enter key.
Step 2: Add a radial blur
Click on the first layer and go to Filter>Blur>Radial Blur. Change the blur method to zoom and change the amount to somewhere between 20-60 depending on how much you want to blur the background by.
Step 3: Create a new layer
Next we want to create a new layer in between the two images. We want this layer to be white as it will create part of a frame for our image. We again want to use the Free Transform option to resize the layer to frame the image in the centre (the one we resized originally).
Step 4: Create a black border
To add a smaller black border to the frame make sure you have the smaller image layer selected and go to Edit>Stroke. Change the colour to black and pick a 10px stroke width. Set the location to centre and click OK.
Step 5: Add a drop shadow
We want to add a drop shadow to the black and white borders. To do this double click on each layer in turn and in the layer style box click on the drop shadow option. Here you'll be able to change the opacity, angle, distance, spread and size of the shadow.
It wouldn't be a Mother's Day card without a nice message on the front and you add this by selecting the Text Tool and drawing out a shape where you want the text to appear. Then simply type your chosen message in the box. You can alter the font, style, size and colour of the font in the Text toolbar. You can also move the text box around with the move tool. If you want to add a drop shadow to the text simply double click on the text layer and repeat the steps we covered previously.
Step 6: Write a message
Step 7: Turn the image into a card
To turn this image into a card we need to first flatten the image so all the layers are merged into one. (Layer>Flatten Image). Then go to Image>Canvas size to add a back to the card. Here we will be doubling the canvas size. To do this change cm to percentage and change the width to 200%. You'll also see a selection of anchor points. Make sure you select the one centre, right so the new canvas will be added to the left side of the image. When you click OK your card will be complete. To make it easier to cut out you can add a 1-5px stroke around the edge of the entire card but this is optional.
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