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Tutorial: creating a greeting card

You can create unique and personal greeting cards with paintings that you create in Corel® PainterTM Essentials 4.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to...

  • create a watercolor painting from a photo
  • add space around the edges of the painting
  • soften the edges of the painting
  • add text

What you’ll need

Create a watercolor painting from a photo

  1. In Corel Painter Essentials 4, open snowpath.jpg.
  2. Click the Photo Painting tab.

  3. In the Source Image palette, click Use Open Image.
  4. In the Auto-Painting palette, choose Detailed Watercolor.

  5. In the Auto-Painting palette, click Start. The Detailed Watercolor style is applied. You can wait until the auto-painting feature finishes painting or you can click Stop when you are satisfied with the results.

Add space around the edges

  1. From the Canvas menu, choose Canvas Size.
  2. In the Adjust Size area, add 100 pixels to the top, left, and right borders. Add 300 pixels to the bottom border so you have space to add text.

Soften the edges

  1. In the toolbox, choose the Eraser tool.

  2. On the property bar, set the Brush Size to 100 and the Opacity to 50.
  3. Using short strokes, soften the edges of the image with the Eraser tool. You can also use the Eraser tool to create extra space for the text at the bottom of the page.

Add text

  1. From the toolbox, choose the Text tool

  2. Click in the center of the white area at the bottom of your image. A text cursor appears.

  3. Type a message, for example, "Season’s Greetings".
  4. On the property bar, choose the settings you want. The text in the tutorial image uses the following settings:
    • Font – Tiger Rag LETRegular
    • Font Point Size – 315
    • Color – blue swatch

Text tips

  • Text is created on a layer. To view the text layer, click the Drawing & Painting tab, and click the Layers palette.
  • You can move the text to a new position by clicking the Layer Adjuster tool in the toolbox, and dragging the text.

Next steps

Now you’re ready to print to a card. For information about printing, see the Corel Painter Essentials 4 Help (Help > Painter Essentials Help) or see the printing tutorial on page 73 of the Guidebook (Help > Guidebook).

If you'd like to share your own card with other Essentials Cafe visitors, you can post your card in the Show Your Creations discussion forum.



Dianne Paine said:

Thanks this was great!

January 3, 2008 2:49 AM

Dorrie said:

That seemed rather easy, but how would you go about doing the Inside of the Card, or is that another tutorial?

January 7, 2008 12:29 PM

Dave said:

Painter will help you to create an image to use on your greeting card. However, to print your greeting card more easily you might want to use other software, such as a word processor or desktop publisher. With one of these applications you would be able to import the image you create with Painter Essentials, add text for the inside and back cover of the card, then print your card.

The following is a general article explaining how to make a greeting card with word processing software:

The following article explains how you would create a greeting card with Corel WordPerfect:

February 25, 2008 2:21 PM

AnnaCarr said:

Interesting. This is useful to me. And looks quite simple to do. Keep updating.

September 26, 2011 7:42 AM
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