9 thoughts on “How to Design a Print-Ready Holiday Greeting Card using Adobe Illustrator”

  1. Hi (:

    Nice tut, I have a question, how do you design both the inside and outside of a card and then print it?

    Yeah, I’m pretty new with the whole photoshop/illustrator thing.

    Help will be appreciated.

    1. Good question Stella! Greeting cards are printed flat first, then scored for folding.
      The inside is simple, just left and right panels. But the outside you have to visualize the folding and what side the outside front panel is actually on when the paper is flat…

      When you design it, you will design it as a flat piece. For example, a 5 x 7 folded card you design as a 10 x 7 flat card.

      Best way to visualize the outside is to take an actual piece of paper, fold it and mark each panel. This way, when you design it, you will know to design the cover panel on the right side and the back outside on the left side.

      Hope this helps!

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