For this tutorial, I'm using Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 (and yes, I know 6.0 is out now) however the general techniques will work in any popular image editing program, including Paint Shop Pro, PhotoImpact, GIMP and of course the full version of Photoshop. The printer I used is a standard Epson inkjet photo printer.
Whatever your religious affiliation or lack thereof, around this time of year many people get together with other like-minded folk to celebrate. Buddhists have their Bodhi Day in early December, Hindus have Diwali, Moslems have Eid ul-Adha, Christians have Christmas and Wiccans (among others) celebrate the Winter Solstice. Even us non-religious types like to ring in the New Year with our friends. Of course the greetings card companies love this time of year too, because we all feel compelled to send cards to our friends and relations, and they can charge you the same price for a few sheets of badly-printed, saccharine-versed tat as you'd normally pay for a 300-page novel. Say no to the card-shop hegemony this year, and show your friends that you really do care by using your digital photographs to make your own greetings cards, complete with a personalised message. Here's how it's done: