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New Tiny Prints Card Personalization Suite

Just in time for the 2008 holiday season, Tiny Prints has introduced a revolutionary upgrade to its already simple, user-friendly card personalization and preview suite. With more features and tools in your hands, designing your custom card is more powerful than ever. With an easy ability to edit text, fonts, font colors, upload photos, edit photos and much, much more, you can shop with confidence that what you design will be the best possible representation of the printed stationery you will receive. But of course, like every tiny*prints order, your order will be reviewed and touched up by a professional designer to ensure the highest quality output. So, choose your favorite holiday card, baby announcement or party invitation and take our personalization suite for a test drive!

Frequently Asked Questions

Creating a Personalized Card

Greeting Card Ordering Step by Step

Submitting Photos Later

Retrieving Photos from Photo Sharing Services

Photo Limitations

Alternative Inside Greeting Card Options

Greeting Card Personal Message

Starting a New Card

Greeting Card Pricing

Envelope Options

Return Address Printing

Postage Requirements

Responses

How do I create a personalized greeting card?

To create a personalized greeting card, follow the directions below:

  • For Birth Announcements
    1. On the Enter Info page, please enter your baby’s information using the template provided. We will use your information to create an online preview with suggested text on the next page (Personalize page)
      • You can choose to click "continue" and skip this step and enter your own wording on the next page
      • If you want to include names of the baby’s sibling(s), you may enter their names on the "Siblings" tab, if available; otherwise the "announcer" field
    2. You can upload photos and edit text on the Personalize page
    3. To upload photo from my computer:
      • Either click on the photo area OR click on the "add photo" link below the card in the Photo Tray area
      • Click on the "browse" button to browse for photos on your computer
      • Once a photo is uploaded, you can click "ok" to return to the card OR browse for another photo
      • Photo(s) will be deposited into your photo tray below the card for you to select, drag and drop into photo area(s)
      • You may upload up to 20 photos to your photo tray
    4. To move photos:
      • You can drag and drop photo(s) from photo tray into the photo area(s)
    5. To move photo from one photo area to another:
      • At this time, we do not allow drag and drop from photo area to photo area. In order to move one photo from one photo area to another, you need to drag the photo from the photo tray into the photo area you desire
    6. To remove a photo from a photo area:
      • To remove a photo from a photo area, click on the photo to display the edit photo window and click on the "remove photo" link or trash icon
    7. To remove a photo from the card (photo tray):
      • To remove a photo from the card (or photo tray), click on the "add / remove photo" link in the photo tray and click the delete button next to the photo you want
    8. To edit your photo:
      • We are introducing a number of photo editing tools including the ability to move your photo, zoom in and reduce, rotate right or left, and color options (black & white; sepia). Just click on the photo to display the Edit Photo window.
      • If you do not like the edits you made and want to revert back to the original photo, just click on the "revert to original" button
    9. You can mouse over the card to see the text areas
    10. To edit your text:
      • Click on the text area(s) to add or edit text
      • You can customize the font type, size, and color of your text; however, we highly recommend that you use the default font type, size, and color suggested by our designers
      • When you add or edit your text in the Edit Text pop-up, the preview will update instantaneously on your card so that you can easily determine if you want to keep or change your edits
      • Please note that if the amount of text you entered in the selected font size exceeds the text area, you must either remove some of your text OR reduce your font size

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  • For Holiday Cards
    1. On the Enter Info page, please enter your family &/or family members name using the template provided. We will use your information to create an online preview with suggested text on the next page (Personalize page)
      • You can choose to click "continue" and skip this step and enter your own wording on the next page

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  • For Folded Cards
    1. You may have the option to print photo(s) and/or text inside your card. In the "Layout" section, please select the layout you would like to use for your card
    2. You may have the option to add "doodles" to the inside of your card. To add a doodle to your card, drag and drop the doodle to the designated doodle drop area. You can remove a doodle by hovering over the doodle on the card and clicking the "x"

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  • For Party Invitations
    1. On the Enter Info page, please enter your event information using the template provided. We will use your information to create an online preview with suggested text on the next page (Personalize page)
      • You can choose to click "continue" and skip this step and enter your own wording on the next page

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  • For Thank You Cards
    1. On the Enter Info page, please enter your information using the template provided. We will use your information to create an online preview with suggested text on the next page (Personalize page)
      • You can choose to click "continue" and skip this step and enter your own wording on the next page
    2. You can mouse over the card to see the text areas
    3. To edit your text:
      • Click on the text area(s) to add or edit text
      • You can customize the font type, size, and color of your text; however, we highly recommend that you use the default font type, size, and color suggested by our designers
      • When you add or edit your text in the Edit Text pop-up, the preview will update instantaneously on your card so that you can easily determine if you want to keep or change your edits
      • Please note that if the amount of text you entered in the selected font size exceeds the text area, you must either remove some of your text OR reduce your font size

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How do I choose a different layout?

Most of our folded cards have a variety of layout options available for the inside of the card. To view the options available for a particular product, simply click on the layouts thumbnail on the product page to see sample layouts you can use during the personalization process. To switch layouts while in the personalization process, navigate to the inside of your card and the different layout options for that card will appear on the top toolbar.

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How can I tell what is editable on a card?

Almost all text is editable on our cards. There is a chocolate banner on the top of the personalization screen that you can click on to see the areas that are editable on your card. You can also hover your mouse over specific sections of the card to see if the highlighted frame appears around that area, indicating that it is editable.

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What does it mean if my photo is below the minimum requirements? How do I know if my photo is suitable for printing?

The photo you choose may be too small for the product you selected. This can result in a grainy or pixilated final product. In addition, attempting to resize the photo might distort the image quality. Since the overall appearance of your stationery is highly dependent on the quality of your photographs, it is important to use clear, original and unedited photos. If you have a larger version of a photo, or if you have another snapshot that would be more suitable for a product, please use that photo instead. Check out our Photo FAQs for additional information, and feel free to contact our customer service department if you have any further questions.

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How can I get step by step instructions on how to order a greeting card?

To order a personalized greeting card, follow the directions below:

  1. Select a design on the category page
  2. Click on the "personalize" button on the product page of the selected card design
  3. Enter your information using the template provided on the Enter Info page OR click "next" and skip this step and enter your own wording on the next page
  4. On the Personalize page, you can click on the text area(s) to add or edit your text
    • You can customize the font type, size, and color of your text; however, we highly recommend that you use the default font type, size, and color suggested by our designers
    • When you add or edit your text in the Edit Text pop-up, the preview will update instantaneously on your card so that you can easily determine if you want to keep or change your edits
    • Please note that if the amount of text you entered in the selected font size exceeds the text area, you must either remove some of your text OR reduce your font size
  5. For photo cards:
    • Upload photos by clicking on the photo area OR the "add photo" link below the card
    • You may upload up to 20 photos to determine which photos to use for your card
    • Photo(s) downloaded will be displayed in the photo tray area below the card
    • You can drag and drop photo from photo tray to the photo area
    • To edit photo, click on the photo to display the Edit Photo window
      1. You can move photo left, right, up, down; zoom in/zoom out; rotate left or right; and change color options (black & white, sepia)
      2. To remove photo from a photo area, click on the "remove photo" link or icon in the Edit Photo window
    • You may remove photo(s) from your card and photo tray by clicking on the "remove photo" link
  6. For Folded Cards
    • You can select the layout you wish to use for the inside of your card
      1. Some layout options will allow you to print photos inside your card
      2. If you select the all-text layout option for your left-side (vertical card) or top (horizontal card) panel, please review the text you enter carefully as Tiny Prints will not be responsible for any spelling and/or grammar mistakes. We suggest that you copy and paste the text you enter into Microsoft Word to check for any spelling &/or grammar errors
    • You may add doodles to designated area(s) inside your card
      1. Drag and drop doodle(s) from the doodle area to the designated drop area inside the card
      2. To remove the doodle from your card, hover your mouse over the doodle and click on the "x"
  7. You can click on "save" to save your project to your account. You must register for an account to save your card design. Saved card projects are accessible via My Account
  8. You can click on "next" to proceed to Preview page
  9. On the Preview page, you can enter any special instructions which you would like our designers to pay special attention to
  10. Please approve your card by typing your initials in the approval card box
  11. Click "next" to proceed to the Envelopes page
  12. You can select your envelope options and return address printing on this page
  13. Click "next" to proceed to the Options page where you can select whether you want a digital proof ($10.00 fee) or rush service ($15.00)
  14. Click "next" to proceed to the Related Items page where you can select matching address labels or other stationery products
  15. Click "next" to add products to Cart
  16. You can continue shopping or proceed directly to checkout from your shopping cart

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Do you support Apple's Safari web browser?

Our personalization engine offers full and equal functionality for Apple Safari 3.0 and above. However, we recommend using Firefox on your Mac (download by clicking here) to personalize your product.

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What if I do not have my photos ready? Can I still complete my order and submit my photos later?

If you do not have your photos ready, you may complete your order and instruct the designer in the Special Instructions box on the Preview page that you will be submitting your photos later.

To submit your photos later, visit our photo upload form and follow the instructions provided. Please upload your photo in JPEG file format with a minimum resolution of 1530 x 1320 pixels (w x h). If you only have a TIF file, it must be emailed with your order number to photos@tinyprints.com.

Color images can be converted to black and white or sepia tone at no additional charge. Please specify this request when submitting your photo.

If you choose to submit your photo later, please do not resize your photo before sending, as this may compromise print quality. If you do have any special requests regarding cropping, be sure to provide this information for our designer to follow in the Photo Instructions box on our Photo Upload page. Our designer may also need to crop your photo to make it fit properly.

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How do I sign in to different photo sharing services?

  • Flickr
    1. Click on the "Add/Remove Photos" link on the personalization page
    2. Select "Flickr" from the list of available photo sources
    3. Click on the "Sign In" button
    4. When a new window appears prompting you to enter your username and password, please enter your login credentials and click "OK"
    5. If this your first time logging in to Flickr from Tiny Prints, you will have to click the "Grant Access" button on the page that pops up in order to give Tiny Prints permission to access your Flickr account
    6. You are now signed in to your Flickr account from Tiny Prints
  • SmugMug
    1. Click on the "Add/Remove Photos" link on the personalization page
    2. Select "SmugMug" from the list of available photo sources
    3. Enter your SmugMug username and password, then click the "Sign In" button
    4. If your username and password are correct, you’ll be signed in to SmugMug from Tiny Prints
    5. Please note that if you have a large number of photos in your account, it may take several minutes for them to load
  • Picasa
    1. Click on the "Add/Remove Photos" link on the personalization page
    2. Select "Picasa" from the list of available photo sources
    3. Click on the "Sign In" button
    4. Enter your Picasa username and password, and then click "OK"
    5. Please click the "Grant Access" button when you are prompted to give Tiny Prints permission to access your Picasa account
    6. You are now signed in to your Picasa account from Tiny Prints

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How do I upload photos?

  • From my computer
    1. Click on the "Add/Remove Photos" link on the personalization page
    2. Select "My Computer" from the list of available photo sources
    3. Click on the "Browse" button
    4. Select a photo with a supported file type and click "OK"
    5. The photo will start uploading, and will appear in your photo tray once the upload is complete
    6. Click "I’m Done" to return to the personalization page and use the uploaded photos to complete your card
  • From photo sharing sites (Flickr, SmugMug, Picasa)
    1. Click on the "Add/Remove Photos" link on the personalization page
    2. Select a photo sharing site and log in
    3. After you sign in, you should see a list of your photo albums or photo sets
    4. Select one of the albums, and the photos from that album will start loading from the right hand side of the page
    5. Navigate through your uploaded photos in either 'List' or 'Grid' views
    6. If you would like to see a larger image of a photo, mouse over the thumbnail and click on the "Quick View" button; to exit out of the 'Quick View' interface, just click "Close"
    7. You also have the ability to sort your photos by name, date uploaded and size
    8. When you find the photos you’d like to use, simply click the check boxes next to them and then click the "Import" button
    9. The photos will start uploading, and will appear in your photo tray once the upload is complete
    10. Click "I’m Done" to return to the personalization page and use your photos to complete your card

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After I sign in to photo sharing sites, nothings seems to be happening. What's wrong?

If you have a large number of photos stored in your online album, it may take a while to retrieve them from the photo provider. Please be patient and allow the page to load completely.

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Where are my Flickr photos?

If you are a Flickr user and cannot find your photos from your photo stream, please add the photos you would like to use to a "set" in your Flickr account. We currently do not support retrieving photos from your Flickr photo stream.

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If I have multiple accounts with the same photo service provider, how can I switch between the accounts?

If you are signed in with one account and would like to browse photos stored in another account, please follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Sign out of your current account using the "Sign Out" link provided at the top of the photo upload page
  2. You will be brought back to the sign in page again, where you will find instructional text and a "Click Here" link at the top of the page; by clicking on this link, you will access the photo service provider in a separate window
  3. Click on the "Sign Out" link in the new window
  4. Close the new window
  5. Come back to Tiny Prints and sign in to your photo service account again using our photo upload interface

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What happens to my login credentials?

Tiny Prints does not store any usernames and/or passwords from photo sharing sites. For most photo services, the login process bypasses Tiny Prints, following each respective site's own authentication protocol.

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How do I remove a photo from the card itself?

If you want to remove a photo from your card, follow one of the three options listed below:

  1. Click on the photo to bring up the photo editing window, where you can click on the "Remove Photo" icon
  2. Drag a new photo into the same photo box to overwrite the existing image
  3. If you would like to delete the photo from our system altogether, click on the "Add/Remove Photos" link, navigate to your Tiny Prints Account page and remove the photo

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Why do some of my photo thumbnails appear distorted?

We retrieve the thumbnails directly from your service provider. Sometimes, if a photo is taken in a vertical orientation, the service provider will auto-rotate it for you. When this happens, the ratio of the photo can become distorted. Square photos often appear distorted as well. We are currently working with photo service providers to resolve this issue.

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On the grant access page for Picasa, I'm seeing a security warning. Is it safe for me to grant access?

Picasa and Google have three levels of registration classes: Unregistered, Registered and Registered with Enhanced Security. Currently, our photo uploading application is considered "Registered," which means that we will not release your username or password information to anyone. We are currently in the process of implementing a "Registered with Enhanced Security" method of authentication to offer you the greatest possible security when you log in with Picasa.

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How many photos can I store in my account?

You can keep up to 20 photos in your account.

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How long can I store the photos in my account?

Uploaded photos can be stored in your account for up to 45 days. After 45 days, your photo(s) will be automatically removed from your account.

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Is there a size limit for photos?

Yes, photos must be 10 MB or less.

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What photo formats do you support?

You can currently upload photos in the following formats: .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp and .tiff.

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How do I permanently remove a photo from your system?

Click on the "Add/Remove Photos" link and navigate to your Tiny Prints Account page. Then you can either choose to remove the photo, or drag and drop it into the trash can. Either of these actions will remove the photo from our system permanently. The other option is to wait for the photo to be automatically deleted after 45 days.

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Can you put an image on the inside or back of a greeting card?

One of our newest features is providing users with the ability to put a photo on the inside of a folded greeting card. Just select a layout with a photo and drag and drop your selected photo(s) into the photo area(s).

At this time, we do not allow printing on the back of a greeting card.

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Can I have a personal message printed inside? How?

Yes, during the card ordering process, on the Personalize page, you can create your own greeting and personal message and select a font, size, and color for your message. You can preview the message and experiment with fonts and colors.

For folded cards, you can personalize your message on the inside left (or inside top) of a greeting card and should not be confused with the Greeting that appears on the inside right (or inside bottom) of your card.

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What type of pen can I use to write inside my folded card?

If you would like to write inside your folded cards, we recommend using a ballpoint stick pen or a Sharpie. Please be careful when using a gel pen, rollerball pen, felt-tip pen, or any other liquid-ink based pens as there is a tendency for the ink to smudge if it is not completely dry.

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How can I start a new card?

To start a new card, you can go back to the category page by clicking the "change design" link on the Personalize page and select a new design to personalize. If it is within the same session that you started personalizing your first card, any photos that you have uploaded and/or text edits that you have made will be carried forward to the new design.

To save a copy of your first design, click the "save" button on the personalize page and you can access the project from My Account while safely starting a new card.

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How much do holiday greeting cards cost?

Our greeting cards range from $0.89 to $2.74 per card.

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Which envelopes can I order with my card?

All our card orders include standard white envelopes free of charge. For certain card designs, we offer colored envelopes for an additional price of $0.10 per unit. The colored envelope choices that we offer are metallic silver, chocolate brown, vellum red, and metallic navy blue.

We do not support return address printing on colored envelopes at this point.

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Does recycled paper automatically come with recycled envelopes?

Yes, customer selecting the recycled paper option will receive recycled, white envelopes for no additional fee UNLESS you select a colored or lined envelope. Colored and lined envelopes are not made from recycled content.

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What return address printing options exist?

Return address printing is available at an additional cost of $0.50 per envelope. Return address is printed in blank ink.

Currently we do not support return address printing on colored envelopes.

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Do different cards require different postage?

Standard 5"x7" and 4.25"x5.5" cards require regular first class postage of $0.42.Square cards require an extra postage of $0.20 versus standard letter so a total of $0.62 to send each square card.

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