How to print custom Holiday/Christmas cards at Costco.
For this years holiday card I wanted to to try something new. I wanted to completely avoid the stale Costco card selection that we all use. At this same time I still wanted to use Costco photo services because it’s the best value for the buck.
If you want Costco to print a custom card it’s pretty easy. Just follow these steps.
- Create your image and be sure to crop at 6″ x 7 1/2″. Leave a 1/4″ bleed around the edge just in case. (I left about 1/2 inch but that was too much.)
- Export you image with 300 DPI
- Go to Costco.com’s photo center online and upload you image
- Then go the the Greeting Cards page where you can select a design
- On the Select A Design page there is a column on the left. Click the “More” link
- Select the “Custom Template” with text saying “Place your own 6 x 7″ 1/2″ Image here. Full Photo”
- Select you image,then fit the image to the template.
For my card I added some text because that’s you do with holidays cards and Lori insisted. :p The final image printed at Costco looked like this.
I left about 1/2″ of bleed but that was way to much. It ended up printing just like this. It also printed darker than I wanted but in the end I was pleased with the result.
This photo is composed of three images. The snow flake is CC image I got off flickr, the “magic dust” which is actually a photo of the night sky and the image of the kids taken in my bedroom. To create the glow I used one Canon Speedlite with a 1/2 stop green color overlay on the flash. I placed the Speedlite on a mount just behind the kids facing the camera lens. I edited out the Speedlite and only used it’s halo. This is what the original looked like.
I used my Canon 5D Mark II. Settings are: Exposure was 1/200 at f/9.0, ISO 160, Lens Canon EF70-200 f.2.8 at 70mm I wanted to share what my photoshop layers looked like but Lightroom did something to the file and flatten that damn file. Ugh.
It was a lot of fun to make. The hardest part of making the image was getting the kids to freakin focus! I think I’ll be doing more of these kinds of images form now on.