PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where it allows people to anonymously mail in homemade postcards with their secrets on them. There are no restrictions on the secrets, except they must be true and have never been told before.
Frank Warren, the creator of the PostSecret website, then updates the site every Sunday with new secrets he has received in the mail.
If you want to learn how to make a PostSecret, then this tutorial is sure to teach you how!
If this is your first PostSecret, prehaps you want to visit the website before we begin! It can give you an idea just to how personal, funny, sad, strange, and amazing these postcards can be! (see like below)
Step 1: Getting Started
Choose two contrasting pictures from your files. It does not matter the order in which you work with them.
Open Photoshop. Go to File>New. Under Document size, change the Width to 15.3cm, and the height 10.1cm. Then change the Resolution to 180 pixels/inch. This is the correct size for an average postcard.
Choose your first picture you would like to work with and open it. Once you have it open, go to Image > Image size. Under Document size, change the Width to 15.3cm, and the height 10.1cm. Then change the Resolution to 180 pixels/inch.
The picture is now the same size as your canvas.
Step 2: Step 2
Step 3: Step 3
Now, open a second photo from your files. You will notice this photo will open in a new Photoshop document. Remember to size it according to the other photo (W: 15.3cm, H: 10.1cm, Res: 180 pixels/inch).
With your Rectangular Marquee Tool (see notes for icon), drag to select the entire photo, and copy it (CTRL+C).
Step 4: Step 4
Rename this layer PICTURE TWO.
You should now have two layers with separate photos on them.
Step 5: Step 5
In the layers box, you will see the Opacity scale (see notes for icon). For this document, I set the opacity to 30, as the top picture is much busier than the picture underneath. I wanted the picture underneath to show more than the top one.
You may change the order of your layers by simply dragging a layer on top of another one.
Step 6: Step 6
To flip a picture, make sure you are on the correct layer (in this case PICTURE TWO layer). You then must go to EDIT>TRANSFORM>FLIP HORIZONTAL.
This will flip your image like a mirror.
Step 7: Step 7
In this case, I moved the picture to the left, then made it a little bigger, and stretched it Horizontally.
To keep the picture the same size (width and height), hold down the SHIFT key while making the image larger or smaller.
Step 8: Step 8
Select the TEXT tool, and draw the text box somewhere on your picture. Choose a colour for your text. Next, choose a cool font which best represents the feeling of your design, and type your secret.
You may have to adjust the text size box if it is a long message.
Remember to type a secret which is 100% true and that nobody knows! This is completely anonymous!
Step 9: Step 9
Next, take an existing postcard and glue your new design to the front. This way, when you turn the post card over, all that is left to do is write the address, and put a stamp on it!
Oh, don't forget to mail it!
Note: this is a completly anonoymous project. You are not required to put a return address on your PostSecret. Mail as many as you like! And remember to check the website every Sunday...who knows! You could see your secret up there one day!
13345 Copper Ridge Road