(Closed) Invitations… so frustrating

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
11 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

Hi there,

I did my own invitations and I can understand how frustrating it can be. Our wedding was both in a hurry and on a budget due to visa regulations requiring us to get married within 90 days, so we didn’t have the money or the time to get professional invitations made.

What exactly is the problem? I know I shouldn’t admit this, but… I found a design I liked online and pretty much copied it. I made a few changes, of course, but removed the text etc. http://www.picnik.com is great for editing, and that’s what I used to remove text, sharpen it up, etc. I’ve never used photoshop but I used something similar and was stumped by all the layers and blaah.

As for printing multiple things on one page: I saved my invitation as an image file; went into MS word; made the margins as narrow as possible and put two invitations/images side by side. It might help if you put in two text boxes and then fill the box with your invitation/image.

Post # 5
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I made my invitations in Photoshop as well!

I had to do quite a few layeres on Photoshop to get everything where I wanted it–that way you can move things independently of each other.

Post # 6
658 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I agree that Photoshop can be hard to use. I gave up after an hour and used Powerpoint. I was able to make a mock up of what it will look like after assembled, and take out the extras for a print template. This is the two different looks.


Post # 7
375 posts
Helper bee

To gang up multiple pieces for printing, what works best for me is to design each piece as a sepearate photoshop file (do a mockup on a sheet of paper to get your dimensions figured out and don’t forget to allow for margins), first, and save it as the native .psd file.

Then flatten the layers (merge all) and save a copy as a jpg file. Close the .psd files and open the .jpg copies.

Create a new document, the same size as your printable sheet (aka a composite).

Then go to each .jpg file, click in the center of the image and hold as you drag it over to your composite’s tab. Do this for each piece that will go on the page and then arrange each piece (which will be in its own layer) to fit on the page.

Flattening the individual pieces makes it easy to avoid bits shifting as you’re arranging your print image. Having the flattened .jpg copies means you’re original .psd with all the layers is still available to adjust for changes if necessary (then just make another jpg copy to replace on the printable comp).

Hope that helps!

Post # 8
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I did mine in in publisher.  I agree with PP that its easier to make each insert as a different file.  

Post # 10
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@alicia1745: This is me officially offering to make a template for you.  I loved creating mine.  I’d love to give yours a whirl!

Post # 12
7606 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@Alicey: OH MY GOODNESS!  Can I just say THANK YOU to you!?  I had never heard of picnik.com and have ALWAYS wondered how my friends edit their photos….and it’s just so easy.  I guess I just never knew of any programs (I’m not so tech savvy).  I, too, have a HECK of a time with photoshop and even powerpoint sometimes.  I have a really hard time with these things, but I LOVE this website.  So, thank you for mentioning it! 

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