Post # 1
I want to DIY my passport style invites and postcard Save the Dates to save money but also for fun. I don’t want to spend a fortune on software. Anyone have Photoshop Elements or any other software under the $200 mark that you’d recomend?
I’ll be using a macbook but it’s running on an older OS (purchased 2008) so will I have to upgrade that as well?
Headed to apple store to check it out soon but thought I’d see what you bees recomend before I’m talked into $1000 worth of software to “save money”.
Post # 3
I’ve never used it, but I know a lot of people who don’t want to get photoshop use gimp, I’ve heard it’s one of the best programs you can get for free http://www.gimp.org/
You shouldn’t have to upgrade your OS I don’t think, not positive though…also Adobe gives 30 day trials of their programs so you could play around in gimp and then use the free trial when it comes time to do the final product.
Post # 4
@StinaBremm: Thanks! I will check out Gimp! I found out last night that to get the newest Photoshop Elements I have to run one OS higher – 10.5.8 to 10.6. Luckily that is a free upgrade so I would only need to back up my files (which I should be doing anyway) and pay $99 for Elements 11…. but a free program would be way better!!
Post # 5
Honestly, I use publisher (which on newer macs it is just combined with word, you just have to pick “publishing format”. Its free if you have Microsoft Office Suite. If you want tips on how to use it, let me know!
Here are some things I’ve designed on publisher:
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
I would recommend GIMP — it is what I am currently using to design things. However, I will say that there is a bit of a learning curve to it, as of course certain functions are not the same if you are familiar with Photoshop. If you do go with it, google is your friend — if you can’t figure out how to do something, google it and there will more than likely be a tutorial or a FAQ out there somewhere explaining it. Good luck!
Post # 7
I personally use Photoshop and InDesign, I have no idea how much these programs are though, however if you want help with anything just PM me. Here’s some examples (these are for a boudoir scrapbook, so I just put one of our E-pics there so you could get an idea of placement)
Post # 8
Thanks for everyones input! I’m excited to go try out gimp and see what I think. Since I’ve used photoshop before though, I’ll probably end up paying $99 for the Elements 11 version to save time. As soon as we set our date officially we will probably be in a hurry to get invites out, and a learning curve isn’t something I’m up for tackling right now!
Hopefully I’ll have some awesome diy save the dates and invites to post in the coming weeks and months, whichever program I use!
Post # 9
@carolyn.sp.79: Did you purchase fonts? My main gripe with using office is just that the fonts all suck.
Post # 10
For fonts, check out dafont, fontspace, fontsquirrel, & 1001freefonts. Tons of free ones, including knockoffs of some famous ones. Also, google Pinterest for fonts and you’ll find more links than you can eve hope to look at. I’m such a font hoarder that I have several thousand installed, and more saved to a flash drive.