Turn Your Photos into a Holiday Greeting

Nearly everyone sends greeting cards for the holiday season. But who really wants to get a store-bought card? The solution is simple—create your own greeting out of your own photos. Read on to learn how to do it.

Naturally you need a good choice of a photo as a starting point. Once you find that photo, just open it in Zoner Photo Studio and start up the Editor. Using layers and especially text layers, you can create your own holiday greeting in ZPS in minutes.

Add a Text Layer to Your Greeting

Once you’ve opened the photo in the Editor, click +Add Layer and then +Add Text. A separate layer with a text box is created automatically. You can go back to it to edit it some more at any time—just click on it in the Layers controls.

Add the text.

Write your greetings for the holiday season in the text box. Now move the layer to a suitable place so that your greeting is easy to read. Just select the layer with the greeting in the layer list, and then click and drag the text box.

Move the text to a better spot.

Perfecting the Text

To make your greeting easy to read, give the text a nicely contrasting color that won’t blend into the photo. Just right-click on the layer and use Effects > Edit Effects.

Add effects to the layer.

In this case a dark shadow will help to highlight the white text.

A shadow will make your text more readable.

Share Your Greeting with Your Loved Ones

To quickly and easily send out your finished greeting right from Zoner Photo Studio, click the Share button. You can choose from among several options here, ranging from classical sending over email to sharing on Facebook to advanced sharing on multiple social networks over Pixbuf.

Share your greeting and you’re done.

You can also send your season’s greetings in paper form as a postcard. Just switch to the Create module, choose the Postcard option and add your finished picture to it. You can add some extra greeting text on the postcard’s back side as well. And if you add multiple addresses, then you can even send out greetings to all your relatives at once. Now just click on Order. We’ll take care of printing and mailing the postcard.

A New Year’s Greeting to Suit Your Taste

It’s all up to you whether you choose a classical paper greeting for the season or give preference to a digital one instead. And either way, Zoner Photo Studio will help you to make it from your own pictures.

And don’t forget that you can download Zoner Photo Studio X and use it 30 days for free. So try out creating your own photo greetings obligation-free and delight your loved ones with something original.

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AuthorMatej Liska