PhotoCard: A Tutorial

 

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My brother got married last weekend. It was a beautiful day- 70’s and sunny- perfect for an outdoor wedding.

It was a perfectly timed weddding, too. Not just because it was on my mom’s birthday, but because I really wanted some great photos to use with a new app that I am excited about!

This app was created by Bill Atkinson, who was one of the original programmers working on MacPaint, QuickDraw, and other old school Mac programs. He invented the marching ants, y’all!  You know, the moving things when you’re making a selection in Photoshop?  Yeah, he invented those.

 

With Bill’s long history of programming expertise, it is no surprise that he’s managed to create a delightful, fun app!

The app is called PhotoCard and is available (FREE) for iOS devices now.  Get it here.

NOTE: You need to upgrade to iOS7 in order to get the most recent version of the app that includes my fonts.

The app works by combining several of my favorite loves- high quality photos, cute fonts (56 Kimberly Geswein fonts included in the app!), and real mail!

You use YOUR photos and MY fonts to create unique, personalized postcards.  You can opt to send the postcards digitally (free) or through USPS mail.   If you opt for USPS mail (which I highly recommend), the postcard is printed at insanely high quality at 8.25*5.5, laminated (both front and back are glossy and smooth!), and shipped for under $2.  Seriously.  If you buy 2 credits (enough to mail one card) your cost is $1.90.  If you buy larger quantities of credits, your cost decreases– you can send 100 cards for $1.50 each.

Sending cards to countries other than the US?  That costs 3 credits- or anywhere from $2.85 to $2.25 depending on the quantity of credits you purchased.

I took this photo to show you the size– the $1 bill is tiny in comparison to these photos– they are about the size of a standard sheet of letter sized paper folded in half.

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I love vacations and I LOVE taking photos.  I am good about Instagramming and Facebooking.  But my grandma doesn’t use Instagram.  My dad prefers a real photo in his hands.  And as good as my intentions might be, I am far too lazy to actually put a stamp on a postcard and get something in the mail.

This makes it almost TOO easy to send a postcard!

Add the photo of your choice (or create a collage in your favorite collage app if you want!- I use PicStitch quite often).  I created the collage above using Picstitch and set the aspect to 5×7, which gives you really close to the right size to fit the PhotoCard app.  You can see that only the very edges of the picture are clipped if you use a 5×7 aspect.

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*NOTE* You don’t have to do that step- you can just use a photo the way it is– I just wanted a collage for my purposes.

Add text over the photo if desired.  Add a greeting to the back, pick your favorite font for the greeting.

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If you click the large blue A in the right corner, you can easily slide to adjust spacing between lines.  This is an excellent well-thought-out feature and I really appreciate that it was included.

The app remembers your most recently used fonts, allows you to click the first letter in the font name on the right side for easy picking, and has a sliding bar for font size.  It is VERY user friendly.

When you are finished, pick a stamp and address the card.  I have all of my family members’ addresses in my phone, so this is super simple.

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I have 3 sisters and 2 brothers spread across 4 states (Virginia, Arizona, Missouri, and Texas) and I live in Florida.   PhotoCard is going to help bridge the gap between our families.  My siblings and I use Facebook, but an actual postcard in the mail will help my kids and their cousins (13 of them spanning from age 3 to 13) stay connected.

And before my brother returns from his Hawaii honeymoon, he will have this postcard waiting at his home in Arizona.

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The app is free and the only cost to you is mailing the postcard- the fee for printing/mailing/handling is between $1.50 and $1.90 a postcard depending on how many credits you buy at one time.  It’s a ridiculously low price for the quality of prints!