(Closed) Adobe Illustrator CS5 for dummies desperately needed here

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Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

Wow, hm… The easiest thing I could think for you that would help is to download templates from VistaPrint and get everything printed through them. Then at least you know your files will be formated correctly. You really just need to learn the tools and palettes if you don’t want to do anything too crazy.

Here is a blog post with a bunch of beginner’s guides. πŸ™‚ If you have specific questions, it would be easier to help! πŸ˜‰

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

I also attached a screen shot of the tools palette. You use tools to create or select anything. Changes to what you create on your artboard is done through the other palettes. If the tool has a little tab on it, it means you can hold down your mouse and similar tools will pop up under that tool category.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

@almergele: That would be much easier in Photoshop, TBH (if I’m understanding what you want to do). :/ Then you could Place the image in Illustrator if you really wanted. Photoshop is for photos, Illustrator is for points and paths (like logos or typography). You could try to find a picture of a damask wallpaper online. Or if you really want to use Illustrator, find a picture of damask online and trace it in Illustrator with the Live Trace tool.

Do you have paper that you’re printing on like that, or do you want to create the grungy paper? It’s a lot harder to create that in Illustrator than Photoshop.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

For maps, a lot of bees had success using power point. I think Ballet Flat has a tutorial. But if you really want to try AI, get a book! I have a set of books for all of the Adobe products and they’re very helpful. 

AI has a huge learning curve; you’re better off using less sophisticated software you understand (like Word) than trying to learn a whole new program and produce something under time constraints. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

Illustrator would be best for the map, yes, but as @ribbons: mentions, you might have a hard time of it. It would be easier to just take a screenshot of the map from Google Maps or something. If you want to try your hand at the pen tool, it would just be a matter of tracing the major roads and then using the type tool to name the roads.

I’ll write up a quick how-to or find one for that grungy paper when I get a few minutes today. It’s not too hard to do in Photoshop. πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

Here’s a quick Photoshop tutorial for the invite. πŸ™‚

  1. Save old paper to your computer from SXC (this is a free stock photo site, and you’ll need to create a free account). If you don’t like old paper, just do a search for “antique paper” and you’ll get some different results.
  2. Open old paper in Photoshop.
  3. Go to Select > All (or control/command A, depending if you’re on a PC or Mac), then Edit > Copy (or control/command C).
  4. Create a new document the size you would like your invite to be. File > New. Your dimension can be whatever you want to cut it down to. Here are some standard invite envelope/enclosure sizes. Your resolution should be 300 for print.
  5. Go to Edit > Paste (or control/command V) to paste your old paper image into your new document.
  6. Go to Edit > Free Transform (or control/command T).
  7. You should now have a bounding box around the paper. Hold down Shift, click on the corner of the image, and drag out or in (depending on how large your document is). It will resize one side of the image. Press Enter to make it stick. Do the same thing to the opposite corner to resize the image the other way. If your paper image is larger than your document size and you can’t see the corners, zoom out with control/command hyphen (-) and enlarge the window.
  8. Save any damask wallpaper image to your computer that you want to use. I used this one.
  9. Back in Photoshop, open your damask wall paper. Copy and paste it into your new document (#3 and #5). You may need to resize it with Free Transform (#6 and #7).
  10. In your Layers palette, notice that there are two layers now. One with a damask thumbnail and one with the old paper thumbnail. Click on the layer with the damask thumbnail.
  11. In the Layers palette, there is a dropdown box in the upper right that says “Normal”. Click the dropdown and choose “Multiply”.
  12. Beside the dropdown you just used, there is an Opacity box. Type 50 into this box and hit Enter.

 For the text:

  1. You’ve mostly been using the Move Tool at this point (the black arrow at the top of the tools palette). In the tools palette, click on the tool with the “T” icon near the bottom. This is the Text tool. Alternatively, you can press “t” on your keyboard.
  2. Click where you want your text to appear on the artboard, and begin typing. You can click and drag if you want your type in a boundary box.
  3. Notice that you have a new Text layer in your Layers palette. You can move any of the layers around by using the move tool, selecting the layer in the Layers palette, and click-dragging in the artboard.

I hope that helped. It was a little longer than I expected. πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Re:the map. Hmm…Because of your deadline, I would say that learning both programs so soon could be overwhelming and maybe a little frustrating. I ended up just making most of my map (the lines) in Word by tracing over an existing map. Then I exported it as a PDF and placed it in Illustrator and did a live trace over it so that it could be a vector image (we were having them printed and I was worried that the lines weren’t a high enough quality for the printer’s specs). I did it this way because I just have the hardest time with drawing lines in Illustrator and didn’t have time to get better at it, but Word is easy for me. I also used Illustrator for making the signs and symbols.

But if you end up using Photoshop to make your invitations and you get comfortable with that program, you could totally make the majority of your map in Word and add text and whatnot in Photoshop. Just download the plug-in for Word that allows you to export documents as PDFs, then place it in Photoshop and add whatever else you need to.

Or just do it all in Word, even. (I only moved mine to another program because I became obsessive about getting the street names to precisely follow the roads). But, come to think of it, I could’ve just printed out the basic lines and hand-written all the road names, landmarks, etc, then scanned that as the finished map. There’s more than one way to skin a cat (gross, I know).

Last suggestion–sorry, this is verbose–you could even do a hand-drawn map and scan it into your computer and embrace the imperfect look of it. I love the whimsical maps that people have made!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Honestly, for now, just focus on the invitations design. The invites are the thing that (some) people will save. Do not make the same mistake that I did…spent way too much time on a bloody map insert when I know that most of the guests will use Google maps/blackberries/etc anyway …Much as I want to think they will, I know they  won’t carry it with them on the plane ride and use it to navigate their route to the wedding… oh well. πŸ™‚ At least I know my city like the back of my hand now!

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Wow Bellagio! That was really nice of you to post that detailed tutorial! Awesome!

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@bellagio: Great tutorial. But I’m mainly writing to tell you that your avatar rocks! I admit to owning and loving Labyrinth.

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