Top tips for personalised Christmas cards using your own photography

Yes it is that time of year again and the shops are filled with Christmas offerings. One way to give a Christmas card with a difference is to use your own photos.

There are many apps and websites which help you to design and professionally print your card (iPhoto, photobox, vistaprint and printed.com to name just a few).
But how can you get the best results? Here are 3 of my top tips:

1. Adjust the brightness of the photo, boosting it up (between 10-20%) - printed photos will be darker than they appear on screen. At the same time you can give your photo a colour or contrast boost if you think it needs it.
2. Why not make the image black and white? Frosty or snowy landscape photos can look great in monochrome.
3. When you have chosen your photo, make sure it is cropped nicely to get rind of any distracting elements round the edges.

Follow any instructions from the on-line printer you choose and you can send out Christmas cards with a difference.

Photo by Steve Horsley Photography