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How to Make Electronic Animated Greeting Cards in Flash

by Lanae Carr

Electronic greeting cards, or eCards, are convenient way to send sentiments from humor to sympathy online. You can distribute them with the many eCard websites. However, many websites that offer licensed material, such as well known cartoons or sports logos, require a membership to access their eCards. Create your own flash greetings using PowerPoint or search online for a free eCard provider with content available in the categories you need.

PowerPoint

Open "PowerPoint." Open "New Document." In the first slide, add the title of your greeting card.

Insert a new slide and enter clip art, photos or other graphics. Click the objects then select "Animation" from the main menu. Select animation styles for your graphics. Customize the start of each graphic by selecting "Custom Animation." You can set the timing, length of animation and order of animated effects. Save your PowerPoint.

Download a free flash converter for PowerPoint such as iSpringSolutions.com or AuthorPoint.com. Once the installation is complete, a toolbar shortcut will appear in PowerPoint with icons to export your file to flash. Export your PowerPoint to flash (.SWF) and save it to your Documents folder.

Upload your greeting to a video landing page, personal web page or blog where you can share with friends and family.

Online eCards

Choose a free online eCard service such as Carlsencards.com or Egreetings.com

Preview the list of animated eCard on each website. Select a flash card design to send. Click "email this eCard."

Enter your email address in the "From:" field and the recipient's email address in the "To:" field. Add a personal message to your ecard and click "Send."

Tip

  • With online eCard services, you can quickly send greetings to multiple recipients by adding email addresses to the "To:" field when customizing your greeting card.

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About the Author

Lanae Carr has been an entertainment and lifestyle writer since 2002. She began as a staff writer for the entertainment section of the "Emory Wheel" and she writes for various magazines and e-newsletters related to marketing and entertainment. Carr graduated from Emory University with a bachelor's degree in film studies and English.

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