Tutorial – Make your own Poster / Postcard

Beach scene posterMake your own Bible Poster (A4); Bible Verse Card (4×6); or Postcard (4×6) for your Compassion child. Use any photo. Adapt for any theme. Use your child’s photo or family photo. Add your own Bible verse, borders and page title… this post will walk you through step by step. Make it a masterpiece your child will treasure!

You are doing a theme for your child and have found the perfect photo that would make a great Bible verse poster (or jigsaw!). You just know your Compassion child will love it. You’ve just been on holidays and want to share a beach, scenery or sunset photo with them. You have a new family photo to send. Or you have just received your child’s photo and want to send it back to them. For any of these scenarios, you could use some of the wonderful photo editing sites online or you could have a go at jazzing it up yourself. (Isn’t it fabulous that we have so many options?!) This is DIY-Poster-101.  

1. Choose your photo: Open photo in a program like MS Publisher, Photoshop or Open Office Draw. These instructions are specifically for MS Publisher. Set page size to A4 for a poster, or 4×6 for a postcard or verse card. Choose orientation – portrait or landscape. Click okay. Adjust size and position of your photo so that it is sitting nicely inside your page.

2. Add a Frame: There are a few different ways you can do this. You can attach the frame to the actual photo or have a separate frame you can move around independently from the photo. 

a) Use the formatting buttons at the top of your screen if you have them. Left click your photo first (to select it). At the top of your screen, click on the ‘line colour’ drop down arrow and click on the colour you want. If ‘sample line colour’ is one of your options, you may like to click on it (to select it), then click on any part of your photo to choose an exact colour match. This is extremely helpful if you wish to highlight something in your photo in particular.

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b) Right click on the photo – select ‘format picture’ – click on the ‘colours and lines’ tab. Click on the drop down arrow on the right hand side of the line–colour box.  Choose colour, weight, and style, then click okay.

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c. Simply insert a rectangle shape inside or outside the edge of your photo. Choose colour, weight and style. This will keep your frame separate to your photo and this is what I have done below.

3. Add a Bible verse: Insert text box. Type in your Bible verse. Choose colour and font.

… like so.

Beach scene with frame and text

4. Add a Title (optional): Insert separate text box or word art to choose a title for your poster if you wish. Choose colour and font.

You may need to play with all these stages a little, until you get the precise effect you want. Check it in print preview to make sure, then…

Beach scene poster

5. Print! 

That’s it! 

Hint: Use photo paper and laminate your masterpiece for a professional finish. If you would like a copy of this poster / verse card for your own personal use, you can download it here.

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If you have any further questions about this process in MS Publisher I would be happy to assist. If you like my work, please tell others; leave a comment and ‘like’ this page. Your kind comments make my day!

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