Post # 1
I’m stumped. We are planning to create our own letterpress invites (I have the Epic 6 and the starter kit), but I don’t have a design yet. I’m open to many, but I can not for the life of me figure out how to use Adobe Illustrator! I only have 20 days left on the free trial and have tried using many of the tutorials. I just can’t figure it out.
Cany anyone tell me:
1. Who can create my PDF for me so I can just send it to boxcar to get the plates? Any reccommendations?
2. How much should this cost? Essentially, we are paying someone to create a simple design and input our personal information.
3. Does anyone have any simple vector designs ready to go for plate making? I’ve tried using the ‘free’ designs, and cannot figure out how to get them to work with text, etc.
I just want to get started on printing the invites, and I’m getting super frustrated with the design part (if you haven’t figured that out already :)) Any help would be appreciated! Thank you in advance!!
Post # 3
I’m not familiar with illustrator (I use Photoshop and InDesign). Not sure what type of design you’re trying to get, but I usually make my pictures, backgrounds, etc. in photoshop, then import those into InDesign for the text part. Then I export directly from InDesign to a pdf. Here is an example from my passport rehearsal dinner invites.
The background was made in layers in photoshop, and the “stamps” were added using various border features in InDesign. Feel free to PM me with questions.
Post # 4
Thanks! I just downloaded the free trial of InDesign, so will try that. I love your rehearsal invites! Great job!!
Post # 5
@RP7: Thanks :), and please let me know if there is anything I can help you with. There are tons and TONS of things you can do in InDesign (drop shadows, gradient feathers, overlay effects, etc.).
Post # 6
PM me if you still need help. I designed my own letterpress invites.
Post # 7
@RP7: Just my $0.02, but if you are getting plates created, you really want to stick with Illustrator, and that is partially so the resolution is preserved and the lines stay sharp. And if you aren’t able to get Illustrator right away, Photoshop and Indesign won’t come easy to you (they are all very similar, but with different output purposes).
Can you post a design you like that is similar to what you would like to have as a final product? Then maybe it would be easier to give you a ballpark of how much it should cost, etc etc.
Post # 8
Illustrator was completely confusing to me too. I needed an intense tutorial.