Birthday Card Spoiler Alert
As of April 1, the birthdays just keep on coming, so I thought I would try my hand at another digital collage (this one will be used to make birthday cards).
I quickly hand wrote the “happy birthday to you” background and scanned it. I overlaid a portion of a photo I took in Rome with a filter in Photoshop Elements that I found through trial and error. The tea kettle and hat are permission free clipart (I added color to the hat) and the balloon and wings are the stamps that I carved for the GPP Street Team Crusade No. 18. The gentleman comes from an old cabinet photo I picked up about a gazillion years ago. I futzed with most of the elements using different tools to make adjustments to their tone or color.
I am quite happy with it, although not with my printouts. I am using a very excellent Epson through a network and I don’t have the fancy software on my computer – I need to tell it “BEST quality you lazy machine… I said, ‘BEST!'” I do, I yell at inanimate objects. I can’t figure out how to change the print quality with the software I am running on my computer.
Besides printing it myself on photo paper, I would love any tips on paper and printing methods. I am thinking of making a number of them and this is not one for my wee-little gocco. So how would you print these?