(Closed) My DIY invites are all pixelly!

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’m also making my own invitations. One of the things that I noticed was wrong was that the background would blur behind my words. The problem there was that I was saving it as a jpg file and not a bmp (24 bit, the others mess with the colors). Jpg tries to compress the file, which causes pixelating.

What programs are you using? I used Paint for my invites. With pictures, I usually open mine in Paint, copy and paste over to Word, size them down, and recopy into Paint. I did this for the engagement photos to turn them into wallet-size. They turned out really nice, little to no pixelating, but it may be different depending on what size your invites are.

I hope I was able to help.

Post # 4
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

What program are you using? This will make a big difference. The problem is probably either 1. you don’t have your quality set high enough on your image (if you’re using Photoshop, go to "Image" then "image size" and set "Resolution" at 300 pixels/inch or above–you might have to redo the typing, I’m not sure) or 2. you’re not using high enough quality images. The paper is most likely not the issue, I think.

I’m very much not the expert on this, but I had some of the same issues and Fiance helped fix them. 🙂

Post # 5
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

what program are you using.  I don’t suggest using Superstition suggestion because bmp are lower quality than jpg.  You can limit the amount the jpg compresses.  A pdf is usually a better choice.

If you would like me to look at the file, please PM me and I will give you my email address.


Post # 6
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Two suggestions:

1) Save the images as .PNG rather than .JPEG. (You will need to re-upload them, etc. because they’re already degraded.)

2) Try getting a sample printed on a better printer (for example, at Staples, Kinko’s, or Office Depot; they should all take digital files) and see if that turns out any better. 

Post # 7
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I was having a little trouble too. I finally realized (doh!) the setting on my printer might not be right. It was set to text only. I switched it to text and photo and they turned out much better. Don’t know if this will help your situation but it worked for me. Good luck!

Post # 8
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We used .xcf and .psd files (Gimp and photoshop).  Most people have photoshop so would use .psd.

If you are using other file types you will come out with degraded images.  Best of luck to you… Invitations could be very frustrating at times, but worth it in the end!

Post # 10
2143 posts
Buzzing bee

I wish I could be more of a help in solving your problem. I had the SAME problem and I was using gimp. I figured I just wasn’t using high quality fonts and brushes and such. I was sooo disappointed when they printed out. It looked amazing on the screen and they were perfect and everything, and then they came out of ht printer and was just CRAP. I know how you feel! It’s so frustrating. I just gave up and ordered cheap invitations… not what you want to hear, but I personally am  just not very DIY-y lol

Post # 11
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Marie Gabrielle

Without seeing the exact invites…  I do know that, for me, PDFs print the best.  When I try to print including jpgs or other image files, the image usually doesn’t turn out as well ad it should.  I always export to pdf!!!

Post # 12
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

I’m not sure what options Paint gives you, but in order to print clearly, design files should be 300 dpi.  Images appear pixelated if they’re a lower dpi (72 dpi is ideal for web only). 

Post # 13
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011


I have suffered this problem several times while designing promotional posters etc…

If you’re using photoshop, try starting with a new file in the dimensions you want, but increase the "dpi" (resolution) to somewhere in the region of 150-200 (instead of the standard 75dpi). That should help with the pixelation of the fonts… but any graphics you’re using in addition may need to be converted to a vector in order to resize them to fit the new resolution.

If you’re not using Photoshop, try searching on how to change the resolution in your graphics software?

hope that helps!

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