Designing Your Greeting Card Online

Getting started with the greeting card design tool

Accepted image file types

Redcliffe displays and prints card designs in sRGB. Most modern cameras are set by default to use the sRGB colour space, so this means you will not have to do anything more.

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Upload your image file

upload photo, add textClick the Add Image button and browse for the image file you would like to use for the card design. Your image will load on the front of the card and automatically appear as a thumbnail on the reverse of the card.

You can use an alternative image or logo for the thumbnail image on the reverse of the card - just click on Placement 2 (the thumbnail image) to select it and upload an alternative image.

Use the scaling tool shown below to enlarge or reduce the size of the image in the placement area. You can also adjust the position of the image on your card.

scale image

This is particularly useful if you want to crop some of the image or highlight part of the thumbnail image.

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Allow your image to go outside the safe area

image inside safe area

For best results allow your image to go slightly OUTSIDE the red dotted lines of the safe area.

image outside of safe area

In the example above, there will be no unsightly grey edge when the card is trimmed as the image has been allowed to go beyond the red dotted lines.

Adding & formatting text

text font

add textClick on Add Text to add a line of text to the card. You can format your text with a range of fonts, format as bold or italic, change text colours and add a text stroke (colour outline) if required. Scale your text to any size that you require.

Add text to the inside of the card if you wish. Remember to keep your text within the Safe Area which is highlighted with a red dotted line.

You can only enter one line of text at a time, do not try to copy and paste a large block of text.

How do I add a © copyright symbol?
- On a PC hold down the 'Alt' key and key in the numerals 0169. When you next lift your finger off 'Alt', the copyright symbol will appear. You must use the numeric keypad on the right of the keyboard.
- On a Mac simply enter Option + G

Keep your text within the safe area

text beyond safe area

The Safe Area is highlighted with a red dotted line. For best results, keep your text INSIDE the Safe Area!

  • Everything inside the safe area will be preserved.
  • Content outside the safe area may be trimmed out.
text within the safe area

In the example above, the word "Strawberry" needs to be placed within the dotted red line to ensure that it is included in the final card.

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Want to save your design?

You may wish to save one of your card designs to recall later, perhaps you want to use it as a base template that holds all the details about yourself. You can then recall it whenever you wish to add a new image or design. Start by clicking on Save Your Design For Later.

Save your design for later

Note: You will have to create a registered user account to access the saved design feature. Find out more here about creating a user account

Want to load a previous design?

Click on Load Previous Card Design to see your saved designs. They will appear in date order, load the design you want and continue with designing it. You can also delete any unwanted designs.

Load your previous card design
For more information or advice please call Thomas on 0117 952 0105.