(Closed) Need help with addressing invitations using computer font

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

PC: Push control + a to select all the text.  Then select the font you want to use.

 

Mac: Push command ⌘ + a to select all the text.  Then select the font you want to use.

 

Instructions for installing downloaded fonts: http://www.dafont.com/faq.php

 

I would recommend browsing dafont.com for free fonts.  There are several threads in the hive of font suggestions.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

dafont.com follow the instructions and away you go… they have amazing selection, what the previous poster said. Cant reccomend any place better actually.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I used Edwardian Script for mine which turned out very nicely.  We printed the outer envelopes but hand wrote the inner envelopes. 

Unfortunetly we had to type all of our addresses into powerpoint (we also printed an image onto our envelopes and it was easier to use PowerPoint to do this).  We just went up to Page Settings and did a custom size that was equal to the size of our envelope.

NOTE:  Remember that even if you change the page settings to change the size of your paper, you more than likely need to tell your printer that you aren’t using normal 8.5×11″ paper.  This typically is done by going to File>Print>Select your printer> Properties. 

If you need more help feel free to PM me!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I used feel script, which looked great on the envelopes.  It’s pretty pricy though, if you don’t already have it.  To print them, I actually used inkscape…just because that is the program I am using for all of my paper goods.  It was really easy with that, I just changed the size of the paper to my envelope dimensions.  I did have to change each address individually though, because I couldn’t use mail merge with Inkscape.  So, I am sure there are much easier ways to do this…but this is the way I did it.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I usually create a database in Word, set up the envelope then merge. My biggest helpful hint is for you to make the words big, choose a large point size. The biggest problem with computer adressing is that the printing is so much smaller than hand-written or hand-calligraphied envelopes would be. There is also a company that will do it for you, the cost is much less than hand-clligraphied but obviously a lot more than doing them yourself.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I thought about this some more. I am concerned that you aren’t experienced enough and could be setting yourself up for a nightmare. Some of the issues, once you figure out the software, are the possibilities of jams, smears, and ink that wears off in the mail. My suggestion is don’t do it yourself and don’t pay for hand-calligraphy, but do pay for computer-calligraphy. I would try this service (but I have not used them yet myself!), and they can provide samples. http://www.somewhereintimecalligraphy.com/

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m doing the same thing!

I wanted the font of the name to be different than the font of the address so I ended up using InDesign (Word would work to) and setting the paper size to my envelope and printing them individually.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I hate to say it, but if you’re not technically savvy, fighting with the computer and printer may take just as much time as handwriting the envelopes.

Have you considered printing the addresses out on labels instead of directly on the envelopes? You can get clear labels that look nice on any color paper. And you can get free label templates for the brand and type of label online.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

As I went back to read your post, I do think some people make a good point that printing envelopes is not for the weak at heart.  It takes some mad computer skills most often.  Additionally there is no right/wrong way to do it, and there is no step by step tutorial.

A couple thoughts:

  • Do not try to mess with doing a mail merge if you aren’t experienced.  There are too many variables that can go wrong.  Yes, microsoft can import all the addresses for you, but by the time you figure out how to make it work, you might as well have typed them all in. 
  • Don’t worry about setting up actual envelopes, just adjust your paper size.
  • There are plenty of nice fonts installed on your computer.  Downloading a font from dafont.com ins’t hard but its an extra step you may not want to bother yourself with. 

I will try my best here to give you some step by steps for Microsoft Word 2003 if you so choose.

  1. Open up a new document microsoft word
  2. Go to File > Page Setup.  At the top go to the “Paper” tab.  Type in the width and height of your envelopes. 
  3. Go to View >  Tool Bars > and check “Drawing”  This should open up a new tool bar on your computer (usually at the very bottom).
  4. In the tool bar at the bottom, you will see a box with an “A” in the corner and some lines in it.  Click the box once.
  5. Raise the cursor into your document and “draw” a square.  Do this by holding down your left mouse button and dragging the size of a rectangle.  The size/shape doesn’t really matter, you can adjust later.
  6. Now that you have a sqare you can type your first address in. 
  7. Once the address is typed in, select the entire address and change to the font/size you want to use.  On my envelopes, I used the same font for all three lines of the address but made the first line (the names) slightly larger than the address.
  8. In the top select your text and “Center” so it appears in the middle of your text box.
  9. You will probably have a box around your text.  To remove this either double click on the line or click once on the line (to select it) and then right click on the line and choose “Format Text Box”
  10. Once in the Format Text Box dialog, you can remove the line by going to the middle of the box in the line section and selecting “color” and then choosing “no line”. 
  11. From there you are pretty much done with that envelope.
  12. To insert a new page/envelope go to Insert > Break > select Page Break. 
  13. You can insert another text box or copy and paste a prior one and just change the address.

I would recommend printing and adjusting the first envelope before creating all of your addresses in word.  You want to get your font and formatting correct before making them all.

To print an envelope

  1. Go to File > Print
  2. Choose your printer name
  3. Click on properties.  In this you will have to adjust your paper size again to whatever the envelope size is.  This is telling your printer that you aren’t printing on an 8.5 sheet of paper.
  4. Under “Page Range” you can select “current page” so that just the first envelope prints. 

GOOD LUCK!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Agree with others, I think I’m pretty computer savy, but when I tried to print addresses on my envelopes, I got too fustrated.

Just to throw an idea out there, you could do wrap around labels vs. the traditional labels. I got this idea from Martha Stewart and they add a modern flare and were VERY easy to do.

Here are mine to give you an idea. [attachment=903594,112101]

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

AnnieAAA, I really like those!

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