Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Create personalized gifts using your favorite shots with the help of a photo lab
Rather than just handing over a print as a gift, how about delivering it complete with a matte and frame? Kodak Gallery, for example, not only produces a quality enlargement of a photograph, but also offers a matte using photo-friendly materials and a frame of your choice at a modest additional cost.
Of course, holidays are a big time for sending greeting cards. Instead of purchasing them at your local store, use an online lab like Mpix to create them using your own photographs. This can be as simple as a group photo of your family or you can be more creative. Besides trying to get the cat to hold still wearing a stocking (mine was never very cooperative), you can enhance your images using your favorite image-editing software to create an interesting collage.
I personally like sending what I consider to be the best picture that I took during the past year. What's the point of a great photograph if you're the only one who gets to appreciate it? I've often received responses from people who said they kept the card displayed long after the holiday was over.
Holiday cards aren't the only kind of cards, however. If you have someone who has become involved in the poker craze, you could order a set of playing cards from Kodak Gallery imprinted with one of your photographs, be it a portrait, scenic or close-up image, providing both a standard deck and a great topic of conversation. A sports fan might love to receive a personalized trading card with a picture of himself or herself or a favorite family member.
And while we're on the topic of cards, you might want to mail them with a postage stamp displaying one of your images. PhotoStamps.com creates personalized stamps using your images that are genuine licensed postage for use on any letter. Much like the personalized photo books, the service provides simple online software to create a stamp using an assortment of templates.
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