If you forgot to mail Christmas cards to your loved ones this year, one way to redeem yourself is by creating and sending animated cards. This way, you can save a couple of bucks while also taking care of the environment.
There are numerous online services and desktop programs like Photoshop that help you create Christmas-themed animated cards. Some provide you with card templates and all that's left for you to do is to enter a wish and attach a signature or your name. Other desktop tools or online services enable you to create your cards from scratch, using sample elements.
In this article, I will show you the steps you need to complete to create an animated Christmas card on your Windows PC.
Choose a tool for creating your animated card
This is the most important step of creating a Christmas card as the quality of your project will depend on the online service or desktop utility you choose to use. The JibJab and Animoto websites provide you with many useful features and help you quickly create quality singing Christmas cards. For example, on the JibJab website, you can create an animation where you cast yourself as a decorator who'll risk life and limb to create the most dazzling Christmas display on the block.
JibJab Animated Christmas Card
As for the desktop solutions, Photoshop is still one of the best tools to use for designing the best interactive Christmas cards as it offers you a great variety of editing options and gives you access to high-quality results. Of course, there are cheaper alternatives. A good example comes from Wondershare Flash Gallery Factory Deluxe, a tool that brings you multiple project templates and editing options, is designed for both beginner and professional PC users and gives you access to quality output files.
Wondershare Flash Gallery Factory Deluxe
Choose a greeting card template or design your own
The easiest and quickest way to create an animated card is to use a template that already has the graphic elements you need. In this case, most users would look for elements like Christmas trees, Santa Claus, Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer, and so on. Many desktop programs and online services provide you with these types of project samples.
Customize your animated Christmas card
Another important step in creating a card for your family and friends is to give the project a personal touch. For example, you can add text content like holiday wishes and attach personal pictures to your animated Christmas card. Once you finish customizing your project, you can either export it to your local drives or share it via email, depending on the desktop utility or online service you choose to use.
Customizing Christmas Card
All in all, it's very simple to create a personalized animated Christmas card. Simply follow the aforementioned steps and send it to your loved ones before Christmas. So, would you keep it traditional and send your family and friends actual greeting cards in the mail or try something new and create an animated Christmas card? Let us know in the comments section below.
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