A great way to please your wedding guests is to create a picture CD as a wedding favor. A picture CD or DVD is also a great variation on the typical greeting card or even a unique baby announcement. It's easy and inexpensive to create if you have a CD burner, and it's simple for the recipient to use (even the less-tech-savvy ones). Find out how to create a picture CD wedding favor, baby announcement or greeting card.
Time Required: A few hours
- Determine who the card is for, and how many people will receive it. Determine whether you have a CD burner on your computer, or access to one. Buy blank recordable CDs, printable CD labels and padded envelopes.
- If you aren't sure whether the recipient can view your images, you can include a freeware program on your CD allowing mom to see it. Keep in mind that anyone with an Internet browser should be able to view jpegs, the format I recommend for sharing. To download one, see my "Suggested Reading" links below. That freeware is nice because it allows the recipient to view all the images on the CD at once.
- Create a folder on your computer called "PictureCD" (or something similar) and COPY (don't move!!!) any images you want on the CD. If you will be adding imaging freeware, move it there as well. Once you have everything in the folder, open the folder, highlight all the files and right click. Then choose "properties" to see how many MBs the total images are.
- If it is more than the space on your CDs, either resize the images in an image editing program or remove some images until they will fit. Also, be sure to give the images easy-to-understand names, like "johnatbeach."
- Choose one picture to use as the background image for your CD label. Create your CD labels with instructions (see next step) on using the CD. Your CD labels should come with software assisting you in doing this. Be sure to include a personal greeting for the recipient, and any well-wishes (such as Happy Birthday).
- For instructions: tell them to insert the CD into the drive. Next, open their internet browser or the file entitled "fvsetup.exe" to get an image viewer. Then, they can simply click "file," then "open," then "browse," then select the CD drive to view the files. In the image viewer, if you included it, they simply click "folders" and then choose the CD drive.
- Pop the CD into your own drive and follow your own instructions to be sure you haven't missed a step. If everything seems to work, print your CD label or labels.
- Be sure to put the CD into a hard case. Slip the CD into a padded envelope, preferably one that is not much larger than the CD. Mail it to the recipient. If you are making several for a group setting, such as a wedding, simply keep burning CDs with the content in your folder and put the labels on. Store them somewhere with an even temperature, low humidity and no bright light until the event.
What You Need:
- Blank recordable or rewritable (CD-R or CD-RW) compact discs
- A compact disc burner
- CD labels
- Padded envelopes