(Closed) What program to use when creating invitations?

posted 10 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I used word and created two columns on the page. I have an accucut machine and the hardest part was lining up the dimensions on the dye, which took about 3 tries. Once I got the correct dimentions I was good to go!  Ours are pretty simple, just text and a monogram I created in printshop. Good luck!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2009

It was actually pretty simple if you can navigate Word a little bit. I just had to play with not only the column width but also the border size. I had the dimensions of the dye so just tried to eyeball it and use the numbers given.  The first time, they were a bit off center, second, a little better, and third, were perfect! We obviously used just plain white paper for our trial so we didnt waste the cardstock. Good luck! 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I’d avoid photoshop since it’s a pixel manipulator and not too kind to typefaces.

I know Adobe offers free trials on their design software but there’s a definite learning curve. InDesign is created for print design and would probably be the most ideal. But if you’re keen on typeface manipulation or creating a monogram, Illustrator works for that purpose. And since they’re all Adobe products, they’re compatable and you can import an illustrator design into InDesign and set up your exact printing dimensions that way.

 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think you can download a 30 day trial package for adobe illustrator somewhere on the net. Otherwise if all else fails, use word! Word is straightforward and simple and has proven to be a life saviour during the times when I was too tired to google for photoshop tutorials to do one simple thing. I also remember reading about how Mrs Bee (or maybe some other bee) using powerpoint to create their wedding maps. Good luck! 🙂

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I used Powerpoint.  It was super easy to format to letter size paper.  I found it easier to use than Word b/c it didn’t have any of the pesky auto-correction features. 

Basically, I just formatted the pages. 

Then created boxes with really faint lines that were the size of my inserts.  It was easy to move the boxes around and reposition to maximize paper space usage. 

Then I created text boxes and typed in what I wanted, laid it over the box outlines and formatted for centering and font sizes.

Super easy.  Took me about an hour or so to lay everything out.  PM me if you want my template.

SB

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