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Create a Unique Holiday Card with an Adobe Stock Template

It’s easy to design an artful holiday greeting with a template from Adobe Stock. Templates can be opened directly inside Adobe Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC, so you’ll always have your favorite creative tools at hand. To get started in Photoshop CC, download this free template and save it to your CC Libraries or desktop.

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1. Double-click the template file to open it in Photoshop CC.

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2. Open the Layers panel and double-click the layer that says “Your Photo Here.” This will open a new window. From there, you can either choose one of the three images provided or place your own photo. Click the eye icon next to the image you like, or drag an image from your computer into the Layers panel (you can also choose File > Place Embedded). Save your edits to automatically update the template.


3. Now you’ll choose a festive shape to go over your artwork. Go back to the Layers panel in the original window and select one of the three layer mask shapes provided by clicking the eye icon next to it. Then edit the text to customize your message.


4. Export the file as a JPG by choosing File > Export > Export As and selecting JPG. For a high-quality print version, export the JPG as is. For a digital card, adjust the quality to 70% and change the Image Size width to 400 pixels.


5. Drag the final JPG file into your email client and you’ll be ready to send your card.

Looking for more seasonal inspiration? Search our new holiday collection or get started with Adobe Stock.

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  • By Steve - 9:06 AM on December 7, 2016  

    This is a nice post, very easy to follow for new readers. My only concern is that we are exporting at 400px for web / email when we’re approaching 2017.

    Most email marketing software won’t even allow an image to be used at those dimensions, as it will be too small for 99% of the screens it will be viewed on.

    • By gEORGE mCcARTIN - 12:14 PM on December 8, 2016  

      ANYBODY! wILL THIS WORK WITH Photoshop Elements 15???

    • By Jon - 3:00 PM on December 8, 2016  

      Haha! Wow, kinda dated info there. Actually most email marketing campaigns these days are geared towards smartphone users… you know, that little hand-heald device that everyone uses to check emails, web sites, etc… ya, those. So, 400ppi at 70% will look just fine. Gotta love designers; we just let them think they are more intelligent than everyone else out there. Oh, excuse me, more intelligent than 99%.

      • By Paul - 1:33 AM on December 15, 2016  

        His comment was on their recommendation to set the image size to 400 pixels, not the quality to be 400ppi. 400 pixels wide would be small on most screens, even on my smartphone, as the resolution of the screen is three times that.

        Anyway, you don’t have to follow the recommendation, it’s not a requirement. Make it whatever size you like, or whatever works best for you.

    • By Kay T - 12:45 PM on December 14, 2016  

      Thanks Adobe.

    • By Tracy T - 5:55 PM on December 14, 2016  

      LMFAO people! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas INDEED!!!

    • By Debbie - 4:15 AM on December 15, 2016  

      I absolutely drives me nuts when people call themselves Christian’s but act like they’re better than everyone. That isn’t being Christian. Just an FYI. Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th. He was born in the spring. December was celebrated as the winter solstice and pagans turned it into a commercial industry. Read your bible

      • By Richard - 7:35 PM on December 15, 2016  

        Jesus was not born in Spring… Look it up, it say was born at end of harvest.. Bible says he was born end of harvest time. Scholars say he was born around the 19th of September. It was changed to December 25th, by a Pope in 600’s AD.. Cause in September was to close to A Catholic religious event… December has been a Pagan holiday for 2,000 BC…

        • By Svaiga - 1:00 AM on December 16, 2016  

          Hear hear, Richard! Just the phrase ‘Read your bible’, saying it in a way that it’s made out to be the pillar of all knowledge. Jesus! <– intended lol

        • By Toni - 9:24 AM on December 19, 2016  

          I hesitate to charge in on a religious discussion, but to be fair to Debbie, it was harvest time in ISRAEL. According to my the webz: Harvests in Israel begin in spring in the month of Adar (February/March).

          • By Rory - 1:48 PM on December 19, 2016  

            Actually if you study the course of Abia Luke 1:5 will give the time line of Christ’s birth (September 29th. Remember the start of the new year calendar is at the Spring Equinox in latter portion of March.

      • By Keith - 2:19 AM on December 19, 2016  

        Mmm, so reading the Harry Potter books would tell you when the young wizard was born. Both he and JC are somewhat fictional regardless of which season – they are just stories.

        • By Johnny - 9:48 AM on December 19, 2016  

          You don’t have to believe in the Virgin Birth (actually, the term virginal conception is more accurate) or the Resurrection, but most historians (Christian and non-Christian) believe Jesus of Nazareth was born, started a movement, and died under Pontius Pilate. It’s not just a story.

        • By Brandon - 7:10 AM on December 21, 2016  

          Best do your research Keith. You speak as a lazy person who doesn’t want to believe about Jesus. There are many many atheists that set out to actually research and discredit Christianity and fail. Some end up becoming Christians and writing books about it.

    • By kelly j. leclair - 1:18 PM on December 19, 2016  

      It is Christmas time … perhaps there are Happy holidays , but at this time it is Christmas Hoildays so perhaps you forgot but anyhow Merry Christmas

    • By DAVID KEPLEY - 2:53 PM on December 19, 2016  

      Tried it 6 times and I couldn’t get it to work! Oh well. Thanks for the thought. I can’t get the overlay to be in the same doc as the photo of my family.

      • By woody - 4:17 AM on December 20, 2016  

        You need to hit save to get it to work

      • By Sam - 4:46 AM on December 22, 2016  

        I was able to open the file in CS6 with no problems. It’s a high resolution file as well.

    • By Sam - 4:45 AM on December 22, 2016  

      The image is 1700 pixels wide at 300 dpi. Why you’d be exporting to 400px is beyond me?! That’s plenty of resolution to set for just about any use.

  • By Ethan - 8:53 AM on December 8, 2016  

    How do u get a free template

    • By Anthony - 9:10 AM on December 8, 2016  

      Use the link above that says “Download free template.” or use this direct link

  • By Jay - 8:53 AM on December 8, 2016  

    Thanks Adobe,

    It was very easy to work with and have already sent it out to a few clients.

  • By Howard Quinn - 9:34 AM on December 8, 2016  

    Well typical liberals non religious. Not interested. Don’t you know over 90% of country USA are religious and celebrate Christmas as such. I feel sorry for you liberal and socialists the people spoke in this election now you libs are trying to overturn try it and a revolution will ensue. We are tired of you people.

    • By Andrew - 9:55 AM on December 8, 2016  

      Peace and love to you and may this blessed yuletide bring you many wonderful cheers.

    • By Sue - 10:15 AM on December 8, 2016  

      It’s actually only 83%. And, you have the option to use any photo you please.
      I hope you have a happy and joyous holiday season!

    • By vicky - 10:15 AM on December 8, 2016  

      what the heck – why do you have to put hate in everything… even Christmas

    • By Haley - 10:28 AM on December 8, 2016  

      Takes only a moment to select the text layer and change the copy to Merry Christmas.

    • By Barb - 11:00 AM on December 8, 2016  

      yes, that’s the Christmas spirit! Glad to see Jesus’s message of peace and love alive and well in you.

    • By Colin Nekritz - 11:20 AM on December 8, 2016  

      As a Christian, you give a terrible name to Christians Howard Quinn.

      You know what Jesus would do? Not post your intolerant garbage here on this forum.

      Also, Jesus was the original liberal, he was all for social change and justice plus loving the poor and hating the rich (Trump could not nor would not fit through the eye of a needle just like the camel nor will he get into Heaven, Matthew 19:24), quite counter to your misinterpretation of Him. Stick that in your tinfoil conservative hat and smoke it.

    • By buddy - 11:59 AM on December 8, 2016  

      aw come on man. no need to be triggered by a template

    • By Kort - 12:44 PM on December 8, 2016  

      “You people”?

      • By Lien H - 2:28 PM on December 8, 2016  

        When I read “the troll’s” post, I lost a bit faith in humanity for a second, but then I read all the posts of “you people” and I found it again 🙂 <3

        Oh and thanks for the wonderful gift, Adobe!

        • By streamdr - 1:10 PM on December 16, 2016  

          🙂 Nice reply. Merry Christmas and best for the new year.

          Oh, and ditto re: the thanks to Adobe

    • By Dean Hawkey - 12:52 PM on December 8, 2016  

      So let me get this straight. You are bent because it says Happy Holidays? And you are a Christian so you are offended by that? Why do you think the whole Happy Holidays thing started? Because you were offending every other religion by spreading your Christmas crap as if Christ is the only god that should ever be recognized and four months out the year were to all things Christmas.

      Count your remaining days of reign to be short. Because at one time your 90% was correct. But your numbers are dropping fast as new generations arrive, because they aren’t ignorant enough to believe whatever forced upon them growing up and are far more open minded than the conservative mentality.

      Happy Holidays to you my Kwanza, Ramadan and Hanukkah friends!

      • By Paul - 1:41 AM on December 15, 2016  

        I support every religion that promotes love and forgiveness above all else. That certainly rules at least one out xx Merry Christmas xx

      • By iggy - 3:43 AM on December 15, 2016  

        Just remember this is a Christian festival!
        If the Moslems etc don’t want to believe in the birth of Christ fine….but out and let us Christians just enjoy this season of goowill.

    • By Jeff - 1:11 PM on December 8, 2016  

      This is what’s wrong with people today. You are given something for free yet still find the need to complain about what it doesn’t give you. Why are you not grateful for what you were given? It’s also sad that you can easily change the text to what you feel is appropriate to meet your needs but since that would require you to actually “work” for something I guess that’s why you have a problem. I mean, it’s a “template” – not scripture.

      • By speedslowly44 - 7:18 AM on December 9, 2016  


        Please don’t judge ALL Christians by Mr Quinn’s post. Not ALL Christians are “bozos”, or ungrateful for “FREE” templates, much less want to open can of worms about FAITH, GOD or RELIGION!

    • By Mark - 1:25 PM on December 8, 2016  

      As soon as I saw the template, I figured there would have to be at least one idiot who isn’t capable of recognizing that people besides Christians live in the country and celebrate things, too. Didn’t take me very long to find my idiot.
      How come the most vocal “Christians” are so completely unlike Christ?

      • By Summer - 1:50 PM on December 8, 2016  

        As Christians we should be the most non judgmental, kind and loving people and yet, so many still are not. I suppose the reason could be that even though some are Christians, they have not allowed the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to transform them to be more Christ-like. They are still babies lacking spiritual growth and if one is a Christian of many years, this is really sad. We should understand that at one time we weren’t a Christian and have patience for those whom God chooses to reveal Himself to. After all, He chooses who He desires to draw close to Him even though salvation is free to all. Merry Christmas! Thank you Adobe for this free template and a free chance in using Photoshop!

        • By Luke - 9:23 AM on December 19, 2016  

          Happy yule everyone, people in all faiths really need to understand that we humans created ALL religions and all of its stories and sightings, even the people. What i do know is this….the nicest people i have ever had the pleasure of meeting or being friends with have been non religious, non racist and completely fine with any sexual orientation. The problem with beliefs is that they teach you to be intolerant of people unlike you, i was raised christian, and i can tell you on the other side of that i can say that nearly all people of faith lack the ability to truly be tolerant or to free think about stuff that makes absolute sense…if there is a god, why is he/she different for everyone, because different people created the dieties. Lose the hate lose the politics and understand we are all just people live on whatever way makes you happy and that makes me happy! Hope everyones holiday in whatever form is in peace.

    • By lawrence - 2:07 PM on December 8, 2016  

      Not only do you give Christians a bad name, but you don’t do much for the conservative brand, either. So, do everyone a favor and shut the f up.

    • By Joe - 3:59 PM on December 8, 2016  

      Hey Howard – you’re making Christians look bad. People like you is why Christianity went way off course, and why our country is about to go downhill thanks to the easily manipulated.

    • By Minty - 8:46 PM on December 8, 2016  

      Seriously? I don’t come to Adobe to read the same stunted alt-right junk that is all over the internet. Dearie, 90% of the country may be religious, but they don’t all celebrate Christmas. Get over it.

      • By Inge - 8:22 AM on December 14, 2016  

        Agree. Bring some cheer to the world, no matter how people are celebrating. Happy Holidays to All, Peace & Love

    • By Ellen Neuberger - 10:19 AM on December 9, 2016  

      Mr Quinn: There are also 2 other religious holidays at the same time as Christmas. They are Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. The people that celebrate them are also Americans. Its call respect and inclusion, something conservatives are demonizing. Merry CHRISTMAS and treat others as Christ teaches us. You don’t need to feel sorry for us,save it for the 90 percent of America that thinks its all about Santa Claus and presents.

      • By Michael Chambers - 12:59 AM on December 14, 2016  

        Not everyone is American, as your post suggests! Why can’t you just say the Christians of the world. You criticise people because of their beliefs, and then state that 90 per cent of American people.
        A – I am not American and B – I am a Christian!


      • By Michael Chambers - 1:03 AM on December 14, 2016  

        Please note Ellen Neuberger, that not all people who use Adobe are 90 per cent American, Adobe is available world wide! Available to all faiths of the world.

      • By Rick Siegfried - 9:21 AM on December 19, 2016  

        There are many more than just 3!

    • By Midori S - 2:08 PM on December 9, 2016  

      I don’t understand how anyone could be offended by Adobe offering free holiday card templates…

    • By George Hayduke - 2:41 PM on December 9, 2016  

      Well Bah Freakin Humbug right back atcha ! Lump of coal for you my angry friend.

    • By Perkins Grahame - 12:56 PM on December 12, 2016  

      are you the Christmas cracker. This is a catholic church propaganda festival. The pagans celebrate the sun rising ( reborn ) to a higher position in the sky from its lowest position in the sky. The Church decided to incorporate the sun and make it the son of god to keep the people happy and allow them to celebrate. Shepherds would of not been out at night because the sheep would of frozen due to the winter snows. Nothing makes any logical sense in this christmas fairy tale

      • By Ellee Lott - 11:13 AM on December 19, 2016  

        Well turns out that Christ’s birth is supposed to be switched with Easter and they lived in Nazareth sooo, it isn’t exactly crazy cold over there. I’m sorry you need life to be logical to believe anything. One thing that I can’t believe is that idiots have to express themselves so idiotically by commenting hates on free things.

      • By Cantbebought - 6:32 AM on December 23, 2016  

        To all of you in this thread, you’re full of sh!T. You’re replies are the very essence of our “new normal culture”. Angry, self righteous, entitled and so sadly insecure you feel you have to defend or challenge everything. Just do your own thing, believe what you want to and coexist. It is possible to agree to disagree and walk away. Nobody has to agree with any of you and probably won’t. And for all of you who don’t like the “Happy Holidays”title, change it on the FREE template, that was offered by Adobe in the good spirit of ALL HOLIDAYS. As Ghandi said “be the change you wish to see in the world.” Unless you don’t agree with what he said or believe in Ghandi. Maybe you’re all too young to know who he was anyway. If you read this far you know I’m right about this. Oh, hey, you have to agree with what I wrote either. But maybe just thing about what I said.

    • By NJP - 8:47 AM on December 13, 2016  

      Then modify it yourself instead of being an asshole

      • By Michael Chambers - 1:04 AM on December 14, 2016  

        Well said!

    • By Caden Albright - 11:38 AM on December 13, 2016  

      buddy chill. Happy holidays … whatever you believe in.

    • By J. Stalin - 4:54 PM on December 13, 2016  

      Ho-ho-ho! MERRY Kwanzaa Howie!!! Uncle Joe

    • By Juha Laamanen - 3:14 AM on December 15, 2016  

      Hello Howard, I just jump in to notify that this template was distributed globally to Adobe connections. As I am in Finland I am pretty sure that almost every country on earth has recipients. So that in mind I don’t think the amount Christians in US is not the only factor here 😉

      Hyvää Joulua sinullekin! (the greeting in Finnish)

    • By Helena - 5:14 AM on December 15, 2016  

      Howard Quinn, you seem oblivious to the fact that Adobe’s customers are from all over the world and from many races and religions! Why don’t you find a local outlet for your country specific concerns.

    • By suzy - 12:16 AM on December 17, 2016  

      You do realise that Adobe is a global company and this was sent out to people of many nationalities and many faiths. Open your mind!!!!!!

    • By E - 5:18 PM on December 17, 2016  

      I guess the nice part is that you do not have to use it. There are always other places to go and get those Christmas templates. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Mr. Quinn. And a Safe and Prosperous New Year.

    • By English! - 1:54 AM on December 19, 2016  

      The same liberals are trying to overturn the Brexit vote in the ‘UK’. Daily propaganda at the expense of the tax payer. Mostly via the BBC who still have a lot of questions regarding Jimmy Savile!! We are not going to take it anymore, your time is UP. Try it and a revolution will ensue this side of the pond. My USA brothers and sisters we stand together…

    • By Jane - 9:04 AM on December 19, 2016  

      Soooo, I’m Christian and celebrate Christmas. I only say Happy Holidays because I want to celebrate more than just a day!!! I want everyone to celebrate the season as well as the birth of Christ. Does it make me a liberal, non-religious person because other people on this planet celebrate around the same time as Christians? Jeez, are people like Howard really this crazy nowadays? (No need to answer my completely rhetorical question.)

    • By Rick Siegfried - 9:18 AM on December 19, 2016  

      Not all liberals are non-religious, just the smart ones who aren’t hoodwinked by mythological nonsense.

      • By Ellee Lott - 11:00 AM on December 19, 2016  

        I’m sorry that you think a religion is mythological nonsense. WTF? What is wrong with you?! A religion is a way of life and I’m so sorry that your small mind can’t appreciate that. Do everyone a favor and shut the F up.

    • By DAVID KEPLEY - 2:54 PM on December 19, 2016  

      Howard, Peace on earth and good will to all!!

    • By silver - 7:59 AM on December 23, 2016  

      ADOBE please remove all the rubbish religious rants so that those of us trying to use the template can search for related information.

  • By Alex - 9:41 AM on December 8, 2016  

    Nice, if a bit low-res.
    Howard Quinn, in the immortal words of everyone with an education. “Kippala Yar Bullkrap At’ome.”

    • By Zasha - 2:58 PM on December 8, 2016  

      you my friend are leet lol

  • By George Rambeau - 10:36 AM on December 8, 2016  

    Open to take on page,open now !

  • By Paula - 1:11 PM on December 8, 2016  

    Thank you for the holiday gift Adobe! Very thoughful and kind!!!

  • By Deb - 2:55 PM on December 8, 2016  

    Thank you Adobe for the generous gift! I’m sorry that this has turned into a debate forum. It is not in any holiday spirit.

    I have followed a rule for my whole life and it has never failed me. Thanks Mom, may you RIP! She said, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”


    • By speedslowly44 - 7:26 AM on December 9, 2016  


      Thanks Deb….wish more people followed your mother’s advice. My mom taught me the same thing. May both our mothers rest in peace.

  • By Mary - 7:21 PM on December 8, 2016  

    Thank you Adobe for the gift. Merry Christmas to all and Happy Birthday Jesus !

  • By Dan Coggins - 7:27 PM on December 8, 2016  

    I love how you linked YOUR PHOTO HERE.psb to the Holiday_Template.psd file. And now I know how you did that!

    1. Select an embedded Smart Object layer in the Photoshop document.
    2. Choose Layer > Smart Object > Convert To Linked.
    3. Select the location on your computer where you want to save the source file. Enter a name for the file, including a supported extension. For example, link_file.jpg.

    Get more detail here:

    Thanks Adobe!

  • By Bryan - 7:33 AM on December 9, 2016  

    Hmmmm, is this supposed to be a snowflake? You know, a winter shaped ornament? Because all snowflakes have six sides, they’re hexagons, like the Jewish star of David. I’ll pretend I can’t count and use it anyway. Thanks Adobe.

    • By Lily - 8:52 AM on December 19, 2016  

      It’s an abstract representation of whatever you want it to be for a holiday card. They’re being nice. Way to be a dick.

  • By vern wellwood - 11:38 AM on December 9, 2016  

    I’d just like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

  • By Majied Sabagh - 7:27 AM on December 11, 2016  

    Thanks a lot , it was inspiring and it’s a lovely touch from Adobe team to do so

  • By Helen - 12:29 PM on December 11, 2016  

    Hello all from BC, Canada

    I am mostly atheist with a touch of agnostic. Although I don’t believe in the historical and organized religions, I strongly believe in the right and privilege to have and follow your own feelings and beliefs.
    Thank you Adobe for sharing some Holy-Day cheer, regardless of the divisiveness of those who hold different beliefs.
    Whatever you believe, the season is intended to be one of love and giving. Let’s start thinking about the important things and leave the judgemental hate way behind us. Each of us are only doing the best we can with what we have.
    Love and best wishes to all races, religions and lifestyles,
    A tolerant, peace-loving Canadian

    • By silver - 8:00 AM on December 23, 2016  

      Thanks for being a voice of sanity.

  • By Alexandru Stefanescu - 1:21 PM on December 11, 2016  

    “Happy Holidays”?!?! How about Merry Christmas?
    Thank you, BUT NO THANK YOU!


    • By joseph - 8:36 AM on December 13, 2016  

      Then take TWO SECONDS to change the text layer… Or is that too hard for you?

      • By Inge - 8:27 AM on December 14, 2016  

        People rather complain than how to customize it to their own liking.

    • By Lily - 8:54 AM on December 19, 2016  

      Since it’s not a Xmas tree you can change it to whichever holiday you wish to represent. Seeing as Christianity is the least represented religion in the world.

  • By Angella's no Angel - 11:27 PM on December 11, 2016  

    Greetings TeamAdobe, thanks!
    Wasn’t expecting this cool gift:)

    Let peace, love, laughter,
    & good food sustain us all


  • By Elaine Munch - 1:03 PM on December 12, 2016  

    Any better instructions? I followed them all and ended up with something as boring as dishwater. Ugh! Is there a better tutorial on how to customize layers. I could have done what I did in PowerPoint. I appreciate the effort Adobe, but I guess I am in idiot. This stuff is too hard for me.

  • By Bizarro - 1:17 PM on December 12, 2016  

    Keep in mind that half of the population have an IQ of less than 100 and probably can’t read or write anyway.

    Thanks Adobe. Those of us who are not living under rocks appreciate your effort.

  • By Vicki - 2:12 AM on December 13, 2016  

    Nice template. Thanks Adobe! 🙂

  • By Nina - 8:56 AM on December 13, 2016  

    I selected “Export As” and the export dialog was set to PNG and hung. No file was created.

    I’m using Photoshop CC. Is this a bug?

    • By Nina - 8:58 AM on December 13, 2016  

      I just tried “Save As” and that worked. Nice template!

  • By David B - 11:30 AM on December 13, 2016  

    I’m incredibly offended that it says “Happy” holidays. What about people who prefer unhappy holidays? Don’t you think unhappy people deserve to enjoy the holidays, too, and get cards sent to them? This whole alt-left thing of insisting on joyous this and exuberant that… Some people just want to sit in the dark, reading a lonely UNhappy Holidays card that was mistakenly sent to them, with the “[Insert Name]” FPO text still there, so it can be truly anonymous.

    • By Helena - 12:57 AM on December 15, 2016  

      David B. – what a fantastic sense of humour. You made me laugh!

    • By Lily - 8:55 AM on December 19, 2016  

      I’m with you. Happiness is overrated.

  • By cincim - 12:18 PM on December 13, 2016  

    I needed this laugh Really Bad… Can always count on the design community for some good chuckles. I feel everyone here… 2016 can’t be over soon enough. Election years kill me, I said it would be a long hot summer. And I was right. Lets see what is going to happen in the business sector…. Business People need to loosen up their purse strings. Lets go…..

  • By Jamie - 10:29 AM on December 14, 2016  

    Thank you Adobe Stock. Happy Holidays…. and you can change the font to say what ever you want. Have a great day. Peace on Earth…

  • By wenda colliins - 11:42 AM on December 14, 2016  

    Thank you Adobe! Lovely image! I wish I had it in October when I was making cards! Can you rerun it next year but earlier? I also loved the discussion. It echoed some of my frustration with dealing with the Ultra Right Wing American Christian intolerance.

    • By Paul - 2:27 AM on December 15, 2016  

      Wenda, think of the first 3 Islamic countries that come into your head. Then think about the word tolerance. Then try to make an intellectual connection. Cultural relativism nearly destroyed us. I’m beginning to think it’s been foiled, and thank whoever is in heaven for that!

  • By Niven - 1:23 AM on December 15, 2016  

    hi guys, please help, I am having trouble using this templates, is there video tutorial.

  • By R Turner - 1:36 AM on December 15, 2016  

    I am a non-American atheist and find the use of “Holiday” to describe Christmas offensive. As far as I know it is not used outside America.

    • By Lily - 8:55 AM on December 19, 2016  

      So get outside America.

      • By Ellee Lott - 10:54 AM on December 19, 2016  

        Yes! Great simple comeback. I like it…

  • By dave - 1:49 AM on December 15, 2016  

    howard quinn, merry christmas!!! im not religious at all, but i have good moral values, thanks for projecting your senseless hate, there a valuable lesson to be learned here.

  • By Puskar Sapkota - 2:33 AM on December 15, 2016  

    Dear Adobe,
    Leave these all features, when you guys will start auto backup file system like in Corel Draw ? I wonder why Adobe don’t consider this much critical issue.


    • By Lily - 8:56 AM on December 19, 2016  

      World domination.

  • By Mascha - 2:48 AM on December 15, 2016  

    How can I get this nice pink color, like picture on the left?

  • By Matt B, London UK - 3:01 AM on December 15, 2016  

    You really need a ‘report’ button on here for some of the silly comments. That chap Howard Quinn really takes the biscuit.

    Oh, and thank you for the template.

    Happy Seasonmas/Merry Greetings! 🙂

  • By Brian - 3:36 AM on December 15, 2016  

    Can’t believe all the negativity this has generated. Either be grateful you have something for nothing or ignore it and move on.

  • By LyMo - 3:38 AM on December 15, 2016  

    I have Adobe PS Elements 11 and 14 as well as Adobe PS CS5 – my problem is that the template opens in PS Elements 11 when I double click. How do I get it in CS5, please?

    And thank you for the template.

  • By Greg Smith - 5:05 AM on December 15, 2016  

    I haven’t bothered to read all the comments, but it strikes me that most of you don’t appear know there is a whole world out there and that we don’t all live in the USA. Anyone else here from the UK?

    • By LyMo - 5:13 AM on December 15, 2016  

      Yes. I posed a question here but so far there are no answers. I am sure it is simple to answer but I don’t have the experience to sort it myself.
      My question:
      I have Adobe PS Elements 11 and 14 as well as Adobe PS CS5 – my problem is that the template opens in PS Elements 11 when I double click. How do I get it in CS5, please?

      • By Ruth - 8:43 AM on December 15, 2016  

        Having unzipped the file I can open it OK from within PS CC – but have problems after that!

  • By Jason - 5:15 AM on December 15, 2016  

    Anyone figure out how to modify the mask to replace the white background with another photo?

    • By D - 1:26 PM on December 19, 2016  

      Were you ever able to figure this out Jason?

    • By PattiLouHoo - 10:41 AM on December 21, 2016  

      Assuming you are using Photoshop CC, you can use any of the white “masks” and create an actual layer mask using another photo. After adding your photo layer to the PSD file, in the layers palette:
      1. Command click on the geometric design layer (ctr click if on PC not mac) to select the geometric design you want to use – you’ll get marching ants around the white geometric design.
      2. Select the photo layer you want to “fill” this design with
      3. Add a layer mask using the layer mask icon in the bottom of the layers palette or go up to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection.
      4. Hide the white design “mask” you originally selected (unless your photo layer is above the white mask layer – then you won’t need to).
      Hope this helps.

  • By Tasleem - 5:16 AM on December 15, 2016  

    Its a great gift by Adobe for seasons greetnigs.

  • By Ron - 7:33 AM on December 15, 2016  

    Thanks, I have downloaded the template. I copied it to the a file that states CCLibrary. When I open that file the Template file is just sat there below 4 other files
    I cannot open the template from inside Photoshop. I can only open them by clicking the shortcut and waiting for Photoshop to open.
    I must have done something wrong.

  • By Ruth - 8:41 AM on December 15, 2016  

    Nice freebie, thanks, but I can’t seem to get pictures to open in the correct layer – any suggestions please?

  • By Alex - 9:55 AM on December 15, 2016  

    We can do without the religious fascists venting their misguided spleen in this forum for artists. As an atheist I thank Adobe for the free gift and wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a good New Year. I will be celebrating with my family and friends irrespective of what ever denomination or belief they may have. I will also be sending them an electronic Christmas card using the the free template if I can work out how to use it!

  • By John - 10:11 AM on December 15, 2016  

    Atheism’s a faith too

  • By Jacob - 1:11 PM on December 15, 2016  

    Hi, Is it free to use it to create artwork to further sell it for example at Thanks for the answer …

  • By freeman - 11:32 PM on December 15, 2016  

    think about what you say,don’t say everything you think,our words are interpretation of our thought but most times,how act is far from our thought,keep your thought and act incheck.

  • By Tanya Kristiansen - 4:13 AM on December 16, 2016  

    This thread is a perfect microcosm of the polarization that has divided my country, especially in 2016. I wanted to laugh and cry. I may just print it out and make a collage of it, as a symbol of a very troubled time.

    Peace to all, and goodwill towards our fellow human beings.

  • By Danny Cooper - 10:27 AM on December 16, 2016  

    Small minded bigotry solves everything.
    I live, work and play with loads of Muslims, Christians, Jews, and they all believe in some crazy fairy tail about a magic man that lives in the clouds. Religion was invented by man to control the masses with fear.

    • By Luke - 9:55 AM on December 19, 2016  

      Lol…i litterally chuckkled out loud, so true, ideas are awesome belief, not so much.

    • By Robert - 11:54 AM on December 21, 2016  

      … and Jesus Christ was born to release man (you and me) from fear. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 John 4:18

  • By suzy - 12:10 AM on December 17, 2016  

    Have downloaded but when I double click the “your photo here” layer it gives me the layer style pallet, no lovely background choices. help?

  • By VJ Samuel - 5:08 PM on December 17, 2016  

    Thanks Adobe for your contirbution! Makes work for us a lot more easier especially during the festive seasons! Can’t wait (and if you guys are) for a free template for New Years and to see what amazing stuff you guys have! 🙂

  • By E - 5:22 PM on December 17, 2016  

    Adobe Team, Thank you for the template! The nice part is if someone knows there Adobe programs and they can adapt it to there style and liking.

    Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy New Year!

  • By Michel - 9:54 AM on December 18, 2016  

    Cannot download template…says safari cannot download this file…any help? Apologies if I’ve missed a prior response to this in the above thread…much thx

  • By Kim - 8:35 AM on December 19, 2016  

    Thank you so much, Adobe! I love the fact that the possibility exists to create greeting cards and templates for greeting cards. Is there a tutorial on how to create my own greeting card templates for other holidays and special occasions?

  • By David - 8:51 AM on December 19, 2016  

    Thanks, was easily able to change the somewhat meaningless generic greeting to Merry Christmas 😀

  • By Richard - 8:56 AM on December 19, 2016  

    Thanks for the template. And I hope everyone has a safe and healthy holiday season. To those who do not like the word ‘holiday’, remember that there are many ‘holidays’ through the year in all countries. Also, how about: “I’m going on holiday.” Now people just say “vacation”.
    Oh well….

  • By NYBarb - 8:57 AM on December 19, 2016  

    Thanks, Adobe, for the holiday gift! Happy Holidays to all of you at Adobe!

  • By Shar G - 9:36 AM on December 19, 2016  

    How on earth did all this dissension arise out of a template from Adobe? Get over it, people, and THANK YOU to Adobe for this lovely gift.

    • By RooB - 11:35 AM on December 19, 2016  

      Agreed and, yes, thank you Adobe for this gift to those celebrating the Holidays at this time of year.

    • By clairecdm - 6:47 AM on December 20, 2016  

      i agree, too much tension ! 🙂

  • By Frank G. - 10:45 AM on December 19, 2016  

    Three Classic Truths apply here:

    1) people want what they can’t have.
    2) people chase that which moves away from them.
    3) people only value that whicj they pay for.

    Happy Holidays 2017

  • By JOE ELAZAR - 10:56 AM on December 19, 2016  


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  • By Rudi T - 12:51 PM on December 19, 2016  

    Thank you Adobe.. Happy Holidays!!

  • By Raiju - 2:28 PM on December 19, 2016  

    Hi, thanks for the free template. Curious . . .what font was used for the text layer? It doesn’t look like my version of photoshop (CS4 extended) support it.

    Happy Holidays to all! 🙂

    • By PattiLouHoo - 10:32 AM on December 21, 2016  

      Type used is Helvetica.

  • By KINGSKid - 2:35 PM on December 19, 2016  

    Thanks Adobe cool,ure the Best

  • By DAVID KEPLEY - 5:13 PM on December 19, 2016  

    I get stuck on step 4. I have the template in one window and a pic of my family on the other window. How do I get the pic of my family into a layer on the template window? Bet you can tell I’m not real comfortable with PS!

    • By Mikey - 1:52 AM on December 20, 2016  

      Copy the pic and paste it onto the blank picture layer on the template…

  • By Mohsen Khoshmood - 5:53 PM on December 19, 2016  

    Thanks for template.

  • By Dzeraldina Kuzminski - 12:29 AM on December 20, 2016  

    I can’t download templates. redirected you too many times

  • By Sachin - 3:18 AM on December 20, 2016  

    When is Black Friday??!!

    • By clairecdm - 6:46 AM on December 20, 2016  

      been and gone hun, 23rd of november normally

  • By or vanon - 3:49 AM on December 20, 2016  

    great work adobe! 400px with 4k screens these days, great job!

  • By Barry Adamson - 5:12 AM on December 20, 2016  

    The template opens fine for me in Adobe Photoshop CC, thanks, Adobe.
    And Greg Smith, I’m in the UK too! Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

  • By clairecdm - 6:46 AM on December 20, 2016  

    Happy christmas, and in case anyone whos been part of the discussion about the wording of this hasn’t noticed, it can be changed or removed. Thanks for the free download !! xxx

  • By Enrique Santana - 11:37 AM on December 20, 2016  

    Happy Holidays??? It is MERRY CHRISTMAS! Ohh did I offend you? Too bad and MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  • By Amanda S - 11:42 AM on December 20, 2016  

    Thanks for the free gift, Adobe! I’ll be using this in the future for sure!

  • By Bob Shawgo - 12:12 PM on December 20, 2016  

    Thank you Adobe. I can think of lots of ways to use this now and in future projects.

  • By Leslie Cook - 12:40 PM on December 20, 2016  

    This is awesome – thank you!!!

  • By Gerald - 12:59 PM on December 20, 2016  

    Merry Christ-mas to you all and may your holidays be filled with much joy, happiness and love.
    Thank you adobe for the freebie!


  • By Alissa - 5:34 PM on December 20, 2016  

    Thank you for the beautiful template! The geometric patterns are lovely. I’m looking forward to using it.

  • By Jesse - 8:47 AM on December 21, 2016  


  • By Tara - 9:15 AM on December 21, 2016  

    Actual question – is there a way to change the white background to another color? I tried to add a new layer, but that didn’t work. And I can’t seem to figure it out. Thanks!

    • By PattiLouHoo - 10:30 AM on December 21, 2016  

      Hi Tara, (I’m assuming you are working in Photoshop, not Elements) if you look at the layers you can see that they are sitting on layers under “Pick your masks”, though they aren’t true masks, they are a white layer with a design cut out of them – so they are not a background, but actually a foreground. If you wish to change the color, select the “mask” design you want to use, then add a layer style to it (layer > layer style > color overlay might do the trick for you). This will change the geometric design lines to the same color also, as the lines and “background” are all one image/layer.

      • By Sam - 4:56 AM on December 22, 2016  

        Select all, delete. Or just double click on the layer to bring up the “layer style” window. Then you can do a color overlay to set any color you want. Or create a new layer just above the white layer and fill with any color, or draw a color filled vector box, which you can change to any color you want as well.

  • By Jesse - 10:35 AM on December 21, 2016  

    PSA: This is a free Holiday template, you can all climb back under your bridges now.

  • By fobo165 - 12:08 PM on December 21, 2016  

    I am unable to get this to open in Photoshop. I have the 2017 version, I have tried unzipping the file, saving the file, save as, etc. I have tried to open it with other applications and have also tried to save it to different places. Can you offer any guideance as to why it’s not functioning properly for me?

  • By Tracy Middleton - 12:17 PM on December 21, 2016  

    Thank you so much for the Christmas card template.

  • By Alana - 1:50 PM on December 21, 2016  

    Beautiful template and good instructions, thank you! Happy Holidays!

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  • By Sam - 4:50 AM on December 22, 2016  

    Happy Festivus everyone. And calm down.

    I was able to open the file using CS6 with no problems, all the layers were intact. The image is 1700 pixels wide at 300 dpi.

  • By Animesh Dutta - 3:41 AM on December 23, 2016  


  • By Animesh Dutta - 3:43 AM on December 23, 2016  

    Wishing all Happy Christmas and New year ahead.

  • By matthew l.harrison sr. - 2:38 PM on December 23, 2016  

    I look at this time as a happy time! I believe that we have only Christ and one God above Him that sent Him to us that we could come forward as Christian brother and sisters, to love and give praises and enjoy Him together Amen,

  • By matthew l.harrison sr. - 2:51 PM on December 23, 2016  

    I like to give thanks to Adobe and co. the 16th is my birthday this gift was right on time thank you and God bless you and yours

    Yours Truly
    Matthew L. Harrison Sr

  • By JimF - 11:39 AM on December 26, 2016  

    The layer masks were interesting. How does one create transparent areas on a layer mask? I’m used to brushing in white or black to block or show a layer. But putting a transparent area on a layer mask is new to me and looks useful. Any suggestions? Thanks anyone and Happy Holidays!