Post # 1
I’m new to these boards and newly engaged (a month ago), so forgive me if I’m naive.
Well, I’m a left brainer (engineer) but I hold some limited right brain activity and was hoping to design my own STD and invites. I’m doing this so they can be more personal and I haven’t loved anything that I’ve seen out there.
Now, my question, most of the blogs and posts I have seen people design their graphics in Adobe Illustrator. After some reserach I found out that Illustrator costs $599? Am I mistaken? Are people buying the software at that price to design their invites or do they already own the software for other uses (like work)?
Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 9
Thanks for the help everyone. I am either going to polietly ask one of my genius marketing friends with Illustrator to help me out or work with PowerPoint (which I have mastered for sure-back in college I even had a whole internship where I only made PP slides!). It’s still 10 months until my wedding, so I still have time to figure something out. And I hope its not RS, thats what I do every day for work (aerospace engineer)!
Post # 10
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!