Producing Your Photo Projects

When producing your photo project, you have the option of doing it all yourself, simply ordering from a retail shop or online service, or a combination of the two. Here's how it works:

■ If you have project software like Print Shop (www.Broderbund.com), Print Artist

(www.SierraHome.com), or any of a few dozen other craft or greeting card programs, you can create all kinds of novelty items. Many consumer image-editing programs, such as Microsoft Digital Image Suite or, Roxio PhotoSuite (see Chapter 18), also have project templates. Then there are specialty program, such as Mountaincow PrintingPress, whose templates are focused on party invitations or other areas of interest. (See Figures 13-3a and 13-3b.) When finished, your project can be output on your desktop printer, or uploaded to a Web site for printing.

■ Or, you can simply upload your photos to a photo-sharing site, such as Shutterfly.com or Ofoto.com (see Chapter 19). Then, you can order the same kinds of cards, clothes, and crafts that you could create at home (without the effort and time doing it yourself requires). Plus, they offer other kinds of items, such as photo cookies, coffee mugs, mouse pads, and so on.

■ Most retail photo stores can take your photos or completed project files and create whatever project items you wish, just like the Web sites can.

By the way, seriously consider having holiday cards or party invitations printed professionally when you are sending out more than, say, 50 or 60. It will cut down on wear and tear on your printer, save you time, and may even cost less in the long run.

Figure 13-3a: All the craft and image-editing programs that have photo projects provide templates for greeting cards, posters, brochures, and many other novelties, such as these in Microsoft Digital Image Pro. You can customize the templates (as much or as little as you wish) by inserting your own photos, changing the text, and in most programs, completely redesigning the layout. (Courtesy of Microsoft Corporation.)

Figure 13-3a: All the craft and image-editing programs that have photo projects provide templates for greeting cards, posters, brochures, and many other novelties, such as these in Microsoft Digital Image Pro. You can customize the templates (as much or as little as you wish) by inserting your own photos, changing the text, and in most programs, completely redesigning the layout. (Courtesy of Microsoft Corporation.)

Figure 13-3b: Here, we personalized a Mountaincow PrintingPress Platinum wedding invitation template with a photo of our dog, a new border, and our own text, and even changed the font. Usually all it takes to change text is to select the current text and type. To change the graphics, select the item in the template, choose a command to edit it, then replace it with clip art provided by the software or browse to one of your own photos, and click on OK or Done or similar button. (© 2004 PrintingPress™ Software by Mountaincow™.)

Figure 13-3b: Here, we personalized a Mountaincow PrintingPress Platinum wedding invitation template with a photo of our dog, a new border, and our own text, and even changed the font. Usually all it takes to change text is to select the current text and type. To change the graphics, select the item in the template, choose a command to edit it, then replace it with clip art provided by the software or browse to one of your own photos, and click on OK or Done or similar button. (© 2004 PrintingPress™ Software by Mountaincow™.)

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