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Your Own Picture Stationery

Friday, June 29th, 2007 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help
 
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Q:
I know you’ve done tips before on e-mail stationery, but I was wondering if I could use my own pictures for that. I would like to send e-mails out that have my own pictures there as the background. Is that possible? If so, please tell me how to do it!

A:
That is such a cool question! Yes, some e-mail programs (like Outlook Express and Thunderbird) come with some nice stationery options, but who wouldn’t rather use their own pictures? I know I would! They would just make the e-mails you’re sending so much more personal and it would also be a joy for the people you’re sending them to. For example, Outlook Express has a nice sunflower stationery choice that I really like, but when I get an e-mail from a friend, I’d much rather see a picture they took. It would just make receiving e-mails so much more fun!

So, the main question was: “Is that possible”? Well, if you haven’t guessed already, it sure is! And believe it or not, it’s so simple to do. To get started, you must already have the picture you want to use on your computer. You can either upload it from you digital camera or if you have a scanner, you can scan it on to your hard drive. Either way, it has to be in the form of a file on your computer in order to use it for your e-mail stationery.

Once you’ve got that done, open up your e-mail program. As far as I know, this tip will only work for Outlook Express, Thunderbird and MS Outlook. (I know this isn’t an MS Office tip, but I will give you some quick directions on how to do this in Outlook as well). Most Web based e-mail programs (like Yahoo! and Hotmail) do not offer a stationery option, so you won’t be able to do this through those. Alright, here are the instructions for the three e-mail programs listed above.

In Outlook Express, go to Tools, Options and select the Compose tab. Then click the Create New button and a “New Stationery” wizard will pop up. Just hit Next and follow along with the wizard. When you’re done, you’ll have your very own picture stationery. You can do more than one picture if you so choose as well, which is cool, because then you’ll have lots of options! When you’re ready to send an e-mail using your new stationery, just use the little drop down arrow next to the Create Mail button and then choose Select Stationery. Then just find your picture in the list and click OK.

In Thunderbird, click the Write button to create a new e-mail message. Click your mouse in the body of the e-mail and then click Format, Page Colors and Background. Next, go to File and then select the image you want to use. Click Open and OK. You’ll then be all set. You can do this for multiple pictures with Thunderbird as well.

And lastly, in MS Outlook, you first have to be sure that you’re sending the e-mail in an HTML format. Then open a new e-mail message and click your mouse in the body of the e-mail. Then go to Format, Background, Fill Effects. Hit the Picture tab and then choose Select Picture. You can then search for the image you want to use and insert it in. Click OK when you’re done.

There you go. That’s all there is to it! Now, I must warn you that the picture you decide to use will take up a lot of the background space of your e-mail. Therefore, it might be a little hard for your recipients to read the message you write if the text is not dark enough. Be sure your font color and the picture you use mesh well with each other. If they don’t, your friends and family won’t be able to read what you write and that will just defeat the whole purpose! Also, keep in mind that some people find this kind of thing a little annoying, so if you don’t think one of your recipients is going to appreciate the work you put into it, just send them a regular e-mail and leave the cute ones for someone else.

Other than that, have fun with this one. You can really create some cute e-mails by inserting your own pictures into the stationery spot. They’re perfect for special occasions or to just send something new and different to an old friend. I love it!

~ Erin

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