(Closed) DIY Design

posted 13 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Adobe lets you download a free trial of their software for 30 days! Also, are you or do you know a student? Campus Tech sells software for much cheaper than retail price.

Post # 4
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Illustrator is a industry standard graphic design program. It does cost around $600, and I’m assuming most people that have it are in the graphic design type of business. It’s not a program you can learn in a day…or 10.

Post # 5
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Ditto, nejireta.

I used Freehand for my DIY stationary, which is another professional graphic design program.  But I have years of experience with it and already own it.

I suggest PowerPoint. It is simple to learn, has the features you would likely use, and is probably already loaded on your computer.

Post # 6
45 posts
  • Wedding: October 2008

You can get a free trial of Illustrator for 30-days, but use your time wisely because you won’t beable to print anything afterwards.   It is a bit daunting to learn quickly, but I think you can pick up the more simple tasks by trial and error.

 Corel Draw also offers a free trial.  It’s only 15days so prepared to finish everything quickly.  Again, no printing after the trial.  I found it a bit lest professional and therefore a bit easier to use.

 Taking on doing all the design is a challenge if you’re adding lots of inserts.  In the end, it’s very rewarding to know you saved a bunch of money and you created something from scratch.  So if you’re up for the challenge, I say do it, but do lots of prep before downloading anything!

Post # 7
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

My husband uses Illustrator professionally, and he did the design of our Save the Dates and Invites.  If I’d done it myself, I would have used something much simpler, possibly Powerpoint as someone else suggested.  Illustrator takes a long time to learn.

Post # 8
170 posts
Blushing bee

I figured out Illustrator and put together our Save the Dates in a weekend.  I am sure I only know 10% of its capabilities but every time there was something specific I needed to learn how to do (example: draw a curvy line) I just looked it up in Help. I am sure professionals know lots of great tips and tricks but it’s not rocket science.

Post # 10
2 posts
  • Wedding: May 2009

If you try out the Illustrator free trial, you can save your files in PDF format, which would allow you to print after the free trial is over because you won’t have to have Illustrator to open the file. You won’t be able to change anything in the PDF though. Good luck!

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