Doing things a little out of order as the t-shirt I designed before this one hasn’t arrived yet. The card arrived first so I’m going with that.
I did two versions of the card: one with no text and one with personalizable text.
I like the way I did the card but when it came back it looked like it printed dark which I found I also liked because it has this effect of making her look as if she is emerging out of the darkness, like a moon emerging from behind clouds. I looked at it indoors and in a cafe.
The strange thing is when I scanned the card, the scan looked much brighter, close to what I see in photoshop and the file I uploaded but with the human eye it looks darker. So it might be a reflectivity thing and how the human eye perceives colors under different lighting. I’ll have to check it out in bright sunlight. My house lights are on the dim side because I use standing lamp in the living room and environmental lights in the other rooms. I may experiment with seeing how my cards look in different lighting settings like outdoors and a store during the day. I’ve already looked at them at home, in the library and in a cafe.
I showed the card to a few people (not my computer image) and pretty much everyone liked it. We were at a cafe — it’s part of a writing group. They thought it was a little dark but they liked it. I am printing it 10% lighter just the same to see how that goes. Still I’m pretty happy with my image.