10 Outstanding Photoshopped Postcards

June 18, 2010

Few tools have been so revolutionary to their industry as Adobe Photoshop, the image editing software of choice for many graphic design professionals. In that same vein, few devices have been so revolutionary to marketing as the direct-mail postcard – an affordable, friendly and incredibly powerful motivator.

Paired together, Photoshop and postcards have the harmony of an Oreo cookie, the beauty of Romeo and Juliet, and sometimes all the craziness of Bonnie and Clyde. See for yourself with these 10 outstanding Photoshopped postcards.

Plant Takeover Postcard

This series of postcards chronicles a fictitious takeover of New York City by what appears to be a plant-like life form.

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The topic is sad, but the design is cool – a die–cut front panel lifts away to reveal the horrors of human rights violations and still conjure the pride felt by those who fight for human rights.

The designer used Photoshop to apply a retro look to these Coney Island photographs.

I like how the designer seamlessly integrated major aspects of downtown Portland into one postcard.

Perhaps a bit surreal, but this 2006 New Year postcard is way too cool not to list here. Sometimes it's the little things that matter, and this postcard definitely has some cool effects.

The Park at Nottingham couldn't be cooler in full color, as the artist used color to highlight everlasting nature in a sea of concrete and stone.

These postcards combine the color rays of Web 2.0 popularity with faded vintage silhouettes.

Two effects catch my eye here: the dancers in the postcard background that are easily noticed without detracting from the message (rather, they enhance it by setting mood), and the neon-lit text.

Another retro look to a modern-era postcard, this one especially remarkable because it mimics a view of Manila out of, say, a ’60s camera lens.

This series demonstrates three things: Wave's attention to detail, the importance of sound to setting, and the amazing capabilities a talented graphic designer has with Photoshop. Notice how when you think about the sounds depicted through text, you can almost hear them in the image.

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Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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