Post # 1
I’ve got grand plans to create my own paper products for the wedding. I’ve had an idea in my head forever that I love, and I’m POSITIVE I could do myself….but I don’t have Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop, or knowledge of how to work it, or any desire to buy the programs and learn it.
If I design everything in MS Word, will it work/look okay? I’d get everything printed at a printer on high quality paper….for some reason I feel like anything I make in MS Word will….look like I made it in Word, no matter how pretty the fonts are that I use and whatnot.
Post # 3
I made some pretty bangin’ wedding programs just using PowerPoint! I think you have more freedom with PowerPoint to make the text look more interesting (cool shadows and effects, etc) and that can totally be sufficient to make some kickass wedding stuff. I mean crap, you can even make pictures partially transparent so you can put words on top of them, etc. So I’d say if possible use PP instead of Word, but definitely no need to go out and buy Photoshop. MS Office can do the job juuuuust fine!
Post # 4
I used Word for mine…. But mine were really simple , just centered text and a single design.
Post # 5
@iarebridezilla: I’ve never used PP for anything besides….well, presentations. Can you alter the size of the “slides” like you can alter the paper in Word?
Post # 6
@pinkshoes: My idea is pretty simple – just pretty fonts – I just haven’t seen anything similar to what I have pictured in my head and it’s hard to shake the idea of it. You gave me a lot of hope!
Post # 7
I’ve been using MS Publisher for everything, but Word should work fine. I’d recommend downloading some new free fonts (I used dafont.com) so you have something new and exciting!
Post # 8
@StL.Ashley: The best way to use PPT is to right-click on the slides and select “turn on grid” or something like that. It will display 1x1in grid over the entire slide. Makes things much easier. I don’t know if you can change the paper size but I can’t imagine that you WOULDN’T be able to. I basically just think of it as a Word document with a lot more freedom to move things around, and the grid makes it soooo easy to make things look good. If your design is fairly simple though, I’m sure Word would also work fine!
Post # 9
It depends. If you are doing just font/text stuff, you should be fine just using Word. You won’t be able to do a ton of crazy stuff (like layers on layers) but your basic program-type thing is fine. Anything with a graphic will be tricky to manipulate in Word.
Post # 10
I think MS Publisher would be better than Word if you’ve got it. I used Publisher for my programs and it was very easy.
Post # 11
I agree with the other girls who say MS Publisher. You would have more freedom to move text and images around.
But you will need to save the publisher file as a PDF. Printer businesses usually have their graphic designers work on Macs, which doesn’t support publisher files.
If you prefer to work in Word, they can open Word Documents on Macs but the text and images may move around. So pretty much, you will need to send them a PDF of the file as well.
So yeah, I would suggest sending them .pdf versions of the files and the original .doc or .pub files just in case they need to adjust your art.
Post # 12
it should be fine if your designs and layouts are simple. if you plan on sending them out to print, you will need to have it in PDF and have the fonts embedded because the printing company will unlikely have your fonts and as someone else said, the text will move around on different when opened on the printer’s computer.
the other limitation is typesetting. you will not be able to fully utilize a pro font where you can change glyphs. you will also have limited layout ability.
i used carolyna pro font for my envelopes. i ended up doing each envelope in adobe indesign because i wanted to be able to select from the five different versions of the letter M available to me.
Post # 13
I did all the paperwork in our wedding STDs, invites, bridal newsletter, menu, thank you notes.
For the bridal newsletter I used Powerpoint and although I saved it as a PDF it printed out with some stuff misaligned. The printer said that happens with PP and that is why she doesn’t suggest using it.
I ended up using Publisher for the rest of the documents. Much much easier to move things around and change sizing and line spacing, etc. I would not recommend using Word.
Good luck! And my advice is to start early. These things take a lot longer than you would think.
Post # 14
MS Publisher, it’s made for designing things like these. There are even templates to help you get started.