(Closed) Just when I thought my DIY was going well… feedback welcome!

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
205 posts
Helper bee

Do you have Photoshop/Indesign or some other design software to help you replicate the design? Since it’s a simple design it shouldn’t take long to redo it. 

I have no experience designing using Powerpoint so other than that, I can’t really help! Sorry!

Post # 4
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

i designed my invites using photoshop and you MUST have a hugly high resolution or it wont print right. The resolution for display screens is much lower than that of printinng on paper.

Post # 5
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m so not a computer wiz but can you save it as a different format and mess around with the resolution?

Post # 6
496 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1993

@Budgeting in Seattle: 

I’m so late to this post hope some one already gave you some advise but if they haven’t here is mine…

I use a mac so I dont know if this will be helpful but maybe you can save it as a JPEG or PDF (I think JPEG would be better). Anyway, you can do that by cliking “save as…” and towards the bottom there is going to be a “format” drop down menu and from there, there will be the different formats you can save it as. When you save it as a JPEG each slide becomes a different file. From there you can play with the resolution in photoshop or maybe that will fix the resolution proble on it’s own idk. That’s probably a lot of steps but if someone can give you an easier way that would be super awesome.

Post # 7
496 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1993

@IowaDDS13:  Woops I accidentally replied to budgeting in seattle. Sorry about that!

Post # 8
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I actually did the same thing.. and don’t have photoshop.  Once it’s a pdf or jpeg you could also just cut/paste into a Word Doc.

Post # 9
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

A great free vector program (which will ensure high quality) is InkScape. I would check it out and see if you can layout your design in there. 

Good luck!

Post # 10
9082 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

This may not be the answer you want to hear…


But if you designed the invitations in a low resolution, there is no way to make a high resolution. Resolution is size and quality. For example… a large high resolution picture will have more dots per inch (DPI) than a large picture made at a low resolution.

So if you, for example (These numbers are purely hypothetical, I’m just pulling them out of my ass) made your resolution in 150 DPI, you’re stuck.

You’d need to remake the invitations in a higher DPI, using higher quality images. It’s best to use very large very high resolution images and shrink them down then it is to try to work with low resolutions and make them large.

You absolutely need a program that is designed for this sort of work. Powerpoint is made to make low resolution presentations so that they compress into small files to take on a flash drive or put on a projection viewer.

You need a program for vector work, for image manipulation or for graphic design. Photoshop is a good example of this, but it is expensive. The Gimp is a good free program, and you can make high quality images out of it.



Once it’s a pdf or jpeg you could also just cut/paste into a Word Doc.

This person brings up a valid point I had forgotten. The type of file you save it as will absolutely and definitely effect the quality of your finished product. PDF files are large, but they are not “quality” files. Again, they’re designed to compress neatly so they are easily transferable.

Jpg files are highly compressed files. You will see a lot of artifacting and image distortion and pixelization when you attempt to print this type of image, or if you expand it beyond its already set size. This is a good format for pictures once you have resized them down to the size you want, but they compress heavily and thus do not print well when enlarged.

Edit: Edit: I just want to note that changing the size of your image will not increase the resolution. No, no, no, no no. This will absolutely not help you in the slightest. You will be taking a [very] poor quality image and making it larger thus increasing it’s screen resoution, but you will not be increasing the quality. Lower quality projects can only be scaled down and preserve their limited quality. You absolutely cannot make it any bigger than it is right at this very moment without damaging it further.

Post # 12
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Hyperventilate:  This is EXACTLY right. We had a customer in our store earlier this week who was very upset because he had paid a bunch of money for images that he had put into a powerpoint show…and when we hooked it up to the TV the pixels were soooo stretched out it looked super grainy and terrible. And because the pictures were never high resolution files to begin with, there was absolutely nothing we could do to enhance the quality. He was really mad about all the time he wasted, but unfortunately there’s no quick fix.

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