Post # 1
My FI and I are going to DIY our invites. I have this idea in my head and I am not totally sure how to translate that onto paper.
My FI drew a picture (skyline of our city and personalized it a bit for us) and I would like to scan that pic, get it on the computer and then make that a watermark and have it in the background and the text for the invite typed on top.
I can’t really afford to buy photoshop with it’s expensive price tag, but I was planning on downloading one of the free trials that are on their website, that way I will have 30 days to create/finish the invites. I am just not sure which part of Adobe I should download. I can do the whole suite (but not sure if my computer has that much space) or you can just choose the individual programs. Does anyone know which one would be the right one to create the invites?
Post # 3
Im pretty much doing the same thing as you. I have a cousin who’s an animator and she’s going to draw a pic for me, that I will use as the Invites.
Once she sends me the pic, Im going to upload it on Vistaprint.com. You can upload your own photo and kind of edit it however you want.
They have pretty good sales happpening now.
Post # 4
I would get either Photoshop or Illustrator. Personally, I prefer PS.
Post # 5
oh good to know, I will give that a try. I was planning on ordering from Vista Print anyways, but I didn’t know you could edit the image and add the text after you upload the picture. I just assumed you had to have the file all finished when you uploaded it.
I will give it a try – thanks 🙂
Post # 6
I like to use both of them for different things. Photoshop is great at editing images themselves. Like if you want to adjust the colors in a picture or cover up blemishes. Since it’s raster based, it’s not great for text and images get pixelated when you scale them. Illustrator is vector based so it’s great for text and if you want to do any line drawings or patterns. I used Illustrator to design my save the dates. I printed them too, straight out of the Illustrator file so that I could change the name and address for each invitation. It was easy and I’m happy with the results!
Post # 7
PS is used for pictures only, if you’re working with text or drawing lines etc you should be using Illustrator. The reason? PS treats everything like a pictures thus creating blurry lines, IL will keep lines such as text or line art crisp.
Post # 8
Go to the Adobe website and download the CS5 free trial – it’s easy enough to use if you understand a few basic rules….
Photoshop is great for image and text – you just need to set the correct resolution… Make sure your image size is suitable for printing in high quality – so, once you have the correct size I would suggest that you set the dpi to at least 320dpi to ensure suitable printing quality (I used 400dpi for my own invites) This setting is called ‘resolution’ which is below the width and height settings when you start a new doc.
Another useful feature is the magic eraser tool – once you have scanned in your FI’s drawing you need to clear the background to make it completely white (otherwise any imperfection on the paper will ruin your image) you can click on the magic eraser tool and it will completely delete block colours such as a background.
You can also download loads of brushes to use in photoshop – the other day I downloaded lace effect brushes and even fake tattoo brushes! The best free website for downloading brushes is http://www.brusheezy.com/Brushes
I’ve done all of my STD’s and invites in Photoshop and they are excellent quality…a rookie mistake is setting the document size to the size you want but leeping the resolution at 72 which is the factory setting, this just makes the pixelated blurry images that the others mentioned. I set my invites to the size I wanted but the reslution at 400dpi and they are fantastic quality with no blurs!
I hope that helps, if you have any questions just ask and i’ll try to help!
Post # 9
FI uses Illustrator for anything he needs to draw.
Post # 10
As a pro I can tell when someone used PS for their design, it just doesn’t look as sharp. Download both and play around, if you use IL you don’t have to worry about resolution, issues with a background, etc. Download both, and try them out.
Post # 11
I am excited to see this post just to know I’m not the only one planning on doing my own invites. I have seen tons of posts where people are ordering their invites and different problems they have run into but was beginning to feel I was the only one doing something as crazy as DIY invites. I am so happy I found this site! AWESOME information!!!