How to Make a Photo Greeting Card in Microsoft Word
By Filonia LeChat
Microsoft Word may be labeled the Office Suite's word processing program, however, a quick look through Word's template collection shows how much desktop publishing and design you can do with the program. Turn your computer into a greeting card factory with personalized photo cards by taking advantage of Word's selection of cards. Using a Word template doesn't restrict you to the images Word supplies; by adding your own photos, you can make a greeting card one of a kind.
Start Word. Click the "File" tab and select "New." Click the "Cards" button on the "Available Templates" screen. Double-click one of the occasion card templates. Word doesn't have a template for photo greeting cards, but you'll be able to swap out the template image for your own photograph. Choose a template similar to the one you'd like for your card. After a few moments, the card opens in a new Word window.
Click the placeholder picture on the card's cover. Press the "Delete" key. Repeat if there are multiple pieces of clip art or template images.
Click the "Insert" menu at the top of the screen. Click "Picture." Browse to the photo to use for the card and double-click to add it. Drag it into place on the cover. To re-size the picture, press and hold down the "Shift" key, click the image and drag one of the photo's corners in towards the middle to shrink it. It isn't advisable to enlarge a picture, that can distort it.
Highlight any placeholder text or greeting on the front of the card and type over it with your own, or leave the greeting as is if it fits your occasion.
Highlight placeholder text on the inside of the card. Type over the text. Add additional text such as the recipient and sender's names and a personal wish or greeting, such as something connected to the photo on the front.
Click the "File" tab. Select "Save As." Type a name for the card file and click the "Save" button.
Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.