Open Notecard Effect with Photoshop Elements

Q: I want to make a photograph look like an open notecard for use on my website that features notecards for sale. Now I just have the photograph and describe it as a notecard. I have seen other sites, though, that have a photograph of an open notecard. And sites such as Vista Print let you see what your notecard will look like. Can I do that in Photoshop Elements? Thank you.


A: Hi Sheri,
This procedure can be done in Elements but since it involves some steps for more advanced users I decided to do a video to show exactly how it's done. Click the link below to see it.

TIP: To watch in HD click on 360p in the controls and select 720p.

Good luck,

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Wow-great tutorial
by: Sheri

Thank you so much for this tutorial. It really spells out everything out for me. I can't wait to try it.

Works great, but one question
by: Sheri

Thank you for all your hard work. I can only imagine the time you put into this.It worked perfectly! But I do have a question. Is there a way to take out the white background--I want the open card to appear on the blue or maybe even on the gold on my web page, so don't need the white background. When I tried to leave out that last step, I could not seem to keep it with a transparent background.

Transparent Background
by: Rick

The reason you can't keep the background transparent is because JPEG format doesn't support transparency. You could save it as a GIF file (you can choose these different Formats in the Save As window) which does support transparency (is called CompuserveGIF in the Save As window).

Just be aware that a GIF file can only support 256 different colors so your photo might not look as good as it should. You would have to experiment to see if it is acceptable to you.

I think your best option would be to make the Background color the same as your web page background color (as you suggested elsewhere). Of course you would lose some flexibility because if you wanted the card on both a blue and a gold background you would have to save out two different versions.

Also you should use the Save for Web... option under the file menu to keep your photos optimized for the web (good quality and small file size). There is a GIF option in that dialog window. If you go with JPEG when using that window be aware that you can use different quality settings and see a preview of how it will look. The better quality you choose the larger your file size will be.

Add another comment if you need more clarification.

Good luck,

transparent backgound
by: Anonymous

Thanks. I'll try these ideas and see which one works best for me. This is so much fun!!

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