The next time you’re throwing that perfect party, make sure your invitations are just as special by making them yourself. Don’t settle for generic, store-bought cards; make your own invitations on the computer using several different computer programs. Whether you are having a holiday, birthday, graduation or “just because” party, let people know you request their presence with a custom invitation. In just a couple of quick clicks, you’ll have flat card invitations announcing a party people will surely want to RSVP to.
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Things you need
- Windows Paint
- Adobe Photoshop
- Microsoft Publisher
Open Paint, pull down the “Image” menu and click “Attributes.” Type “5” in the “Width” box and “7” in the “Height” box and click the “OK” button. The Paint workspace automatically adjusts into a blank, white invitation card.
Click the “Text” tool, which looks like an “A” and click the top of the card. If a toolbar does not appear, pull down the “View” menu and click “Text Toolbar.” Select a font and size, then type the main invitation greeting, such as “Sandy’s Sweet 16!”
Move your cursor down to the bottom of the card, leaving white space in the middle, and type the event details, such as the time, place, location, theme and how to respond. Be sure to add a way to contact you, such as phone number or e-mail address.
Click the “Pencil” tool and select a paint colour from the “Color Picker.” Draw the outline of a design for the card, such as a balloon, ice cream cone, diamond ring or pumpkin. Click the “Fill with Color” tool, which looks like a spilling paint can, and click inside the design to fill it with colour. Switch back to the “Pencil” tool, change paint colours and add accents to the design.
Give the card a coloured background by clicking a new paint colour, clicking the “Fill with Color” tool and clicking the white space of the card, which fills with the background colour behind the drawing and text. Pull down the “File” menu, click “Save As,” name the invitation file and save it to your computer.
Open Photoshop, pull down the “File” menu and click “New.” Name the file “InvitationCard” and set the dimensions as 5 in. by 7 in. Click the “OK” button. Pull down the “View” menu and click “Fit on Screen;” this enlarges the view of your workspace to give you more room.
Click the “Type” tool, which looks like a “T” and use the text toolbar at the top of the page to change the font, size and colour of the words for the invitation. Click into the top of the “InvitationCard” box and type the card message, such as “You’re Invited!” or “Please Join Our Holiday Gathering.”
Click lower on the card and add information about the party, such as the main details of time and place, what to wear, any potluck items or contributions to bring and how to respond.
Click the “Paint Bucket” tool and pull down the “Fill” menu at the top of the screen. Click “Pattern,” then click inside the “Pattern” box beside it. Select a background design for the invitation, such as crushed silk or bubbles. Slide the “Opacity” bar down to 25 per cent and click inside the white space of the card, which fills with the design.
Pull down the “File” menu, click “Save As” and select a destination for the invitation card on your computer. Click the “Save” button.
Open Publisher and click “Blank Print Publication.” An 8.5 in. by 11 in. page defaults, so pull down the “File” menu, click “Page Setup,” select “Custom” and type in 5 in. by 7 in. Click the “OK” button and the Publisher workspace automatically adjusts.
Click the “Text Box” tool, which looks like an “A” on an index card, on the very left side of the screen. Draw a text box at the top of the card and type the card’s message, such as “Black Tie Gala for Cat Charity.” Highlight the words and use the text toolbar at the top of the page to change their font, size, position and colour. Draw another text box at the bottom of the card, type the rest of the invitation details and change the words’ appearance to your preferences.
Pull down the “Insert” menu, click “Picture” and select “Clip Art.” Type a word or phrase into the “Search for” box, such as “presents,” “party,” “over the hill” or “Valentine” and click “Go.” Scroll through the results and double-click an image to add it to the card.
Scroll through the border designs on the “Publication Designs” pane on the left side of the screen, such as candles, balloons, stars, flowers and abstract bars and boxes. Double-click a border and it is instantly added to the invitation card.
Click the “File” menu and select “Save As.” Type a name for the card, select a place to save it to on your computer and click the “Save” button.
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