(Closed) Invitation Draft….Help!

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i love your invitation suite as is! the colors are great, not dark at all, and your RSVP card detail looks great! (maybe if we could see a bigger pic of it?)

as far as paper products… papersource and cardsandpockets i think are the two sites that i’ve seen the rave reviews about! πŸ™‚

good luck, your labor of love is beautiful!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I think the colors are great and they look awesome!! Very nicely done!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think you did an EXCELLENT job! I wouldn’t have pointed out any of the items you are iffy about at all. I think you’ve done a great job and shouldn’t overanalyze!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

These overall look pretty good!  I have been using AI for years and used it to design my own invitations, so hopefully I can help.  The one thing I would change is the all-over swirly pattern on the RSVP card and wrap around label.  it just has a slightly un-sophisticated feel to it.  I know you’re going for fun, and don’t take this the wrong way but that heads down a bad, almost kitschy road.   From one designer to another I’m just being honest πŸ™‚  How about trying something like a brocade pattern?  with the graphic placed swirl (on the main invitation) and the stripes (which are awesome and i’m thinking the envelope liner should be black stripes instead of yellow??) something like this, but more simplified, would be really nice!  i found this image with a quick google search, you can make a simple repeat out of it!  first save the image on your computer, and in AI go to file—>place to insert the image into your file.  to turn it into vectors make sure it is selected and lick on “live trace” at the top of the page.  once you’ve done that, the same button will now read “expand”, click on it again.  now the black and white areas will be separated, you can delete the white and use the black shape to create a repeat.  you can now resize it and place it any way you like.  

About the “Spliced” areas:

it’s harder to explain how to make a proper repeat, which is why you’re getting those “spliced” areas on your swirl pattern.  look up online tutorials about making a repeat pattern brush in AI.   I made a mock up of what I’m thinking, but I used GIMP a free version of photoshop.  you could always use it as a starting point tho to make a repeat in AI!  but if you use it, do it in a smaller scale, this is a bit too big.  it’s also a rough idea, just to give you an idea of what i mean.

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Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I agree with Kemi, its hard to make a proper repeat!  Its hard with a solid block of pattern like you have, and much easier when you can seperate the individual pieces, in this case the swirls on the RSVP card.  

If you love them, I think your best bet for that is to use photoshop, or a similar program and use the lasso tool to draw around the individual swirl, then copy and paste to isolate each swirl, then reconstruct the pattern with no seams on an art board larger then your RSVP – if that makes any sense…  repeats are very technical!  

I have never used the live trace tool in AI with any success (probably because i never had a pirated copy to play around with at home), but I know it helps with repeats. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

well what i meant is it’s not hard to create a proper repeat, just hard to explain when I can’t be right there showing you πŸ™‚  the live trace is just used to convert flat images into vector, not only for the purpose of creating a repeat but for any image you want to be able to edit in AI.  I use it ALL the time lol!  very very handy.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Kemi82Justice of the Peace: I have heard that it is!  I had photoshop for years before I had any “professional” training on it in school, and never had the chance to do that with illustrator.  my college classes with AI were focused more on drawing flat body sketches (I am a fashion designer) and all of our repeat work is done in an industry specific program called u4ia, hence never properly learning livetrace πŸ™‚

Hands on instruction is always the best πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Another place that is great for paper supplies is paperandmore.com.  They have great products for great prices!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Ambellina13: you’re a fasion designer??  well so am I!  I am actually a CAD designer, so making repeats is part of my daily routine lol!  I have TONS of experience with U4ia, although now it has been upgraded to Kaledo.  that is so funny, what a small world!  

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Kemi82Justice of the Peace: Haha it is a small world!  I was a CAD designer for 3 1/2 years, and finally got promoted to Associate designer a few months ago!  We haven’t upgraded yet, our company is still deciding if they want to do Kaledo or NedGraphics…  so fun to have another designer around on the boards!

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

I’m going to disagree with the others. I LOVE the RSVP print. I think it’s so fun.

The things I noticed:

The striped card looks a bit out of place of place to me with all the other cards being a swirl pattern.

The “Let’s Celebrate” is a bit weird for me too. I cant really describe it, but I feel like it clutters the card… for lack of a better word.

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