No I use a program called Picture It 2002 by Microsoft. Bought it ages ago. But you could use photoshop to do the same thing. Let us know if you do, would love to see it!
do you do discounts for your pals here at preg.org? lol
Custom birth announcements made by me! Check out my Etsy store
do I give discounts? um, not right now only because it is such a discounted rate (for my design fee anyway). I spent about 90 minutes on each custom card. I cringe when I think about what I made per hour when I worked.
no, business is slow. I have only gotten orders from friends right now. the people they are sending the cards to love them, but there have been no orders from those people. I do enjoy making them, and it's just a fun way to make a little extra cash, which I turn around and put into my camera (or plan to, anyway - I'm saving for a lens). most of the money I made at first went into paying for my domain name (my hosting site is freewebs so not paying for that - if business ever does pick up, then I will probably switch to a nicer paid hosting site) and my business cards. My cards came out neat, maybe I will add a few to the train to share. I just added the option for me to print and mail the cards with envelopes, but no one has ordered that way yet, everyone has chosen the design fee instead. I did buy a ton of envelopes, so I'm hoping one of these days they'll pay for the other way (and I will make more money that way since it's a per card charge but my labor doesn't really change, other than the trips to get the cards printed and shipping).
as far as the legal stuff, there's the digital image copyrights. you can't use any logos. if you look on ebay, there a lot of similar vendors doing themed cards iwth Disney (Hannah Montana, etc) and characters (Elmo), but I really worry about the copyrights there. I did a Star Wars card invite, and used the Star Wars logo. Costco almost didn't print them due to copyright - that one I did for a friend, and it was the only order where I've taken care of the printing and envelopes (it was before I added that option online). So I'm glad I was the one dealing with Costco, instead of a customer. They cautioned me not to do it again.
Anyhow, it's a learning process. Figuring out pricing was the hardest. I don't fel like I charge enough for my time, but I can't charge more if I want to get customers (at this point). A lot of similar sellers (non-ebay) do charge more but I don't feel like I've built up the gallery or customer base to do that.
That was probably more than you wanted to know. But thanks for asking, I appreciate the interest, and I'm happy to pass along what I've learned to someone else who wants to do the same.