(Closed) Printing my own menus-can I use Photoshop or do I have to purchase Illustrator?

posted 5 years ago in Technology
Post # 3
38 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

Not that I know anything about either really but from my own experience over the past few days printing off of photoshop has been easier than figuring it all out in illustrator. 

You’re probably fine.  Try a test, see if you’re happy with it.

Post # 4
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Photoshop all the way! I’m a Photoshop addict and I did ALL of our wedding paper goods via Photoshop! It’s so user friendly, and has evolved into so much more than just a “picture editing software” recently. I can’t say enough good stuff about designing in PS!

Additionally, you can save in a Vector format in Photoshop. The files are usually HUGE, but it’s really a non-issue.

Post # 5
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think it would be a PITA to organize that much text in Photoshop but that’s just me. I think it would be easier in Illustrator or even InDesign. In addition, if you need to manipulate sizes of your content in the future, Illustrator is much mor efficient than PSP for that.

Here’s an article comparing the two. I would lean towards Illustrator for what you need, and maybe InDesign if you are doing menus/programs/anything with a lot of text.


Post # 6
1607 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@antalyn:  You can do it in photoshop – but you need to make sure that you size your image the same size or bigger then you would like to print it out. And make sure when you create a new document you put the dpi at 300. (Its in the settings box when click create > New)

It’s not that big of a deal to organize that much text if you put all the text on the same layer. Group your items and layers based on background, text and foreground (any filters you want to apply).

Save tons of mock-ups so you can go back to different stages. In Illustror I can undo over 20 of my most recent actions – you don’t get that many in Photoshop – I feel like it’s about four or something odd.

That said: I use illustrator as a professional Invitation Suite Designer. I like it and it works for me. For DIY brides (who already own/know how to use photoshop) its not worth the money. Not to mention the learning curve. While the two application look similar – the functionality varies greatly – I felt handicapped when I was learning aI.

Stick with Photoshop – use templates for your text (so you get etiquette right) and post mock-ups here often so you can get input from designer bees who have an eye for these things and will steer you in the right direction.

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