Post # 1
Hello! We’ve been doing a lot of talking about doing our own SaTD’s and having them printed… a co-worked uses overnightprints.com and loves them, and I’ve heard *mostly* good things on the bee boards as well. (It’s a black and white wedding, so we don’t have to worry about color integrity…)
My question for anyone out there that has used OP: What is the best software to use to design your card? I’m not a graphic designer so I want to make sure I’m using something that will give us a good quality print…
Post # 3
I used PhotoShop CS2, but it’s very expensive if you are not a graphic designer. The program doesn’t matter as much as the resolution. Just make sure you design it in 300dpi because that is the resolution that most printers print at.
Post # 4
Use GIMP–free design software from online that works like Photoshop. But knudsonwedding is correct–the main thing is that you have at least 300 DPI and that any graphics that you copy and paste/import into the design program are also 300 DPI. In a pinch, Microsoft Publisher will even work–just make sure that you turn your file into a PDF.
We used overnight prints and were very happy with the result. The nice thing about their website is that you can upload your file and see if your sizing is correct quite easily.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2008 - United Methodist Cathedral & historic downtown hotel in Cleveland
If you’re just using black and white, open office or Gimp should be fine. You can also download a free trial of Adobe Illustrator, which is another way to go.
Post # 6
Just a note of caution–if you are using a Microsoft program (as opposed to a design program like AI), ask your printer to check your printed piece against the pdf you send. The MS programs, especially Publisher, have a lot of trouble with embedding fonts–most often the problem I see is that certain letters get dropped or characters don’t transfer.
This doesn’t mean that you will have a problem; it’s just a word of advice to give the printer a heads-up. Better they find out there is a problem there instead of you finding out after all is said and done!
Post # 7
I used OP as well and was VERY satisfied with how things came out. I used Open Office and will admit that it took a while to familiarize myself with it and it became very frustrating at times, but if you keep the design simple, then the results are great. Let me know if you are interested and I can send you some pics. Good luck!
Post # 8
we used photoshop. the colors/font turned out exactly the same. i was VERY happy with everything.