Adobe Illustrator is a graphics editing program that allows you to create complex shapes and unique text in a straightforward manner. The program has been redesigned 15 times since its introduction in the 1987, and yet the interface and basic mode of operation is the same: use paths and special tools to create your desired image. These abilities will help us make a unique invitation for any occasion, including wedding, party or a family reunion, in under an hour.
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Choose a CMYK document to begin when Adobe Illustrator starts up. CMYK is an acronym for cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, or key, which are fundamental colours that can be combined for rich variation, and are the easiest to use when making an image to print or put on the web. Since many invitations are delivered through the Internet, CMYK is the most flexible option.
Choose an art board size in the new window that appears that is equal to the size of the invitation you desire. Common sizes for invitation styles include: Walton 4.625" x 5.875" for the Walton, 5.125" x 7.25" for the Monona, and 5.125" x 7" for Lee Baronial. Enter the size you desire using the Inches metric and press OK.
Note the tool bar to the left of your art board, which is the size of your invitation, and the panels bar. Click the text tool, which looks like the letter T, and place the cursor anywhere on the tool. Draw a large text box with the cursor and then let go of the cursor. Note the flashing type bar that appears at the top left of the text box.
Type in the text you wish to present in the invitation. Do not worry about formatting yet, simply type all the text you wish your invitation to have, including what the event is about, the date, any RSVP instructions and your name.
Note the menu bar above the art board window and the formatting tools available there. Highlight your text and give it a font style by clicking on the arrow button next to the default font, and choosing from the many fonts listed. Popular fonts for formal invitations include Calligraphic, Operina and Fellowship because of their unique styles. Explore the different fonts for one that fits your occasion. Continue this process for the font size as well.
Note the paragraph settings to the right of the font settings on the menu bar and choose the settings that are appropriate for your occasion and the text you've written. Many wedding invitations align the paragraph centrally to look poetic.
Highlight specific titles in the text and change their font size to emphasise them. Do this for announcements such as, "John and Jane are Getting Married!" and the like. This action makes important information stand out.
Click the line icon in the tool bar. Place the cursor, hold the shift button, and draw a horizontal line above and below the text. The shift button forces the line to be perfectly horizontal. Click the strokes button on the panel bar on the right of the window. The strokes button appears to be three horizontal lines.
Note that the menu bar above the art board changes to strokes options when you click the strokes panel. Click the down arrow next to the strokes image on the menu bar, and then click the brush libraries button. Scroll down to "Decorative" and choose "Decorative Banners and Seals." Note how the default options for the vertical line shape changed to many different styles of banners and seals. Select one you like for the vertical line and note how the vertical line changed to that banner or seal. Now drag the seal and place it in a decorative manner on your text, perhaps below the announcement message.
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