Make Your Own Greeting Card Template Using Affinity Photo

by Feb 7, 2024Photo Editing Tutorials

Robin Whalley Landscape Photographer

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​Make Your Own Greeting Card Template Using Affinity Photo

I was recently asked how to design a greeting card template using Affinity Photo. As many photographers want to do this, I thought it would make an ideal tutorial to share.

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Create A Blank Document For The Card Template

The first step in the process is to create a blank document to use for the design.

To do this in Affinity Photo, click on the File menu in the Photo Persona and then choose the New option. This displays the New Document dialog, which you can see below.

New Document dialog in Affinity Photo which is used to create a blank document for the greeting card template

The left side of the dialog contains a list of Presets you can choose between. I’ll use the A5 Preset to produce a regular A5-sized document. This will be the basis of the greeting card template.

Just above the list of Presets are two icons. Clicking these allows you to switch the document between portrait and landscape orientations. For this example, I will use the Portrait Orientation. When folded, this will produce a landscape greeting card.

Having selected the Preset to use, click the Create button. The dialog then closes, and you will see an empty document open in the Photo Persona.

Add Guides To The Card Template

Having created an empty document, we now need to add some Guides. These will help us to align the different elements on the greeting card template.

Guides are special lines that are only visible on the design and won’t appear when you print the greeting card. It’s also possible to toggle the guides off and on to hide or show them. Use the keyboard shortcut Cmd + ; on a Mac or Ctrl + ; on a PC.

To add Guides to a document, click the View menu in the Photo Persona and then choose the Guides… option. This will display the Guides dialog as shown below.

The Guides dialog in Affinity Photo is used to add design guide lines to the card template

The dialog allows us to add Horizontal or vertical guides to our greeting card template. We do this by clicking the new guide icon below either list. You can see these indicated by the red arrows in the screenshot.

Another useful feature when designing a greeting card template is using the Percent option, which is also indicated in the screenshot. This allows you to position the guides using a percentage value rather than an exact measurement. It avoids needing to make lots of size calculations. Be sure to click this if it isn’t already on.

Click the Horizontal and Vertical New Guides icon once each. When you do this, you will see the new Guides appear in the document and in the list. You can see these indicated in the following screenshot.

Adding a new horizontal and vertical Guide to the card template in Affinity Photo

Here, you can see the new blue Guides that appear in the document. They are also listed in the Guides dialog with positions at 50%. This is the default position for new Guides that are added.

Guides For The Rear Of The Greeting Card Template

We now have a vertical guide that we can use to centre elements on the card template. And we have a horizontal guide to show where the card will be folded. This allows us to add further Guides for the back of the greeting card.

In the Guides dialog, click the icon to add two new Horizontal Guides. You will then see the new guides appear in the list, as shown below. These will have default values of 50%, which we can change by double-clicking and entering new values.

Additional Guides added to help design the back of the greeting card template

The two new Horizontal Guides should have values of 75% and 95%. We will use them to align the text we add to the back of the greeting card.

While in the Guides dialog, we can also add a Horizontal Guide at 25%. This will be used later to centre the photo on the front of the greeting card.

Add And Position The Text On The Card Template

With our Guides in position, close the Guides dialog. We are now ready to begin adding text to the card template. This will consist of a title for the photo that will appear on the front of the card. Then, below this will be the name and contact details of the photographer.

To add the text, we will use the Artistic Text Tool found in the Affinity Photo Tools Palette.

Click this once to activate the tool. You can then set the Font and size to be used in the Affinity Photo Toolbar at the top of the screen.

Selecting and configuring the Artistic Text Tool in Affinity Photo

With the font and size selected, click on the document where you want to add the text.

You will then see a new text field added where you can enter the text to appear on the card. For this example, I have added the text “Sunrise at Owler Tor, The Peak District”, as shown in the screenshot below.

Adding text to the back of the greeting card template

After adding the text to the greeting card template, click the Move Tool in the Affinity Photo Tools Palette. This shows a pointer arrow as an icon.

You will then see a blue box appear around the text. Position your mouse pointer over the text and it will change to a four-way arrow. You can then click and drag to move it into position using the Guides.

Now, repeat the process with any further text that you want to add to the back of the card template. You can see my design below.

Design with text for the back of the greeting card template

Add The Photo To The Greeting Card

It’s time to add the photo to the front of the greeting card template. But before we can do that, we need to rotate the card template. If we don’t, the photo will be upside down when we fold the card.

To rotate the card template, click the Document menu and then “Rotate 90 clockwise”. Then repeat this step a second time so the card template has rotated through 180 degrees.

To add the photo to the document, click the File menu and choose the Place… option.

You should now see a dialog appear. Use this to navigate to the folder containing the image that you want to add to the greeting card.

After selecting the file to use, your mouse pointer will change shape. Position this on the card where you would like to place the image and click once. You will now see the image added to the greeting card.

Greeting card layout with the photo added

If you position your mouse pointer over the point where the vertical and horizontal guides cross, the image will be centred. If not, use the Move Tool to reposition it. You can also use the Move Tool to resize it if it’s too large.

Save the Greeting Card Template

When the greeting card template is complete, save it as a template using the File menu in Affinity Photo.

To learn more about saving and using templates in Affinity Photo, see this article. It explains everything you need to know and gives another design example that you might find useful.

Summary

Now that you know how to produce a simple greeting card template, you can adjust the design to suit your needs. You will be able to produce all kinds of designs using the tools in Affinity Photo and this simple process.

Another technique often used in card designs is to embed an image inside text. Affinity Photo makes it easy to do this, as I explain in this article.

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