Making your own birthday invitations can have many advantages. One advantage is that, if you have the proper equipment, they can be cost-efficient. Another advantage is that you can add your personal touch to invitations such as pictures of yourself, your friends or family. Paint, a program that comes standard with the Windows operating system, is a simple, cheap program to use to edit and format invitations. Some editing programs are also available for free trial download online if you want more features.
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Things you need
- Glossy photo paper
- Paper cutter
- Windows Paint
Import your image into your photo-editing program. Frequently this option is found under the "File" tab at the top left of your screen. The option will either read "Import image file" or "Open."
Choose the size of your invitations. If you're using Paint, go to the "Image" tab at the top of the page and select "Sketch/Skew." This will allow you to choose your dimensions.
Choose the "Text Edit" tool, and add text to your invitation answering the four W's: who, what, when and where.
Choose the dimensions of your invitation. The standard 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper can be printed on different formats; you could do single-page invitations, half-page or quarter page.
Research what paper works best for you and your printer. Certain types of glossy photo paper won't work with certain printers. For example, if your paper isn't laser printer approved, the ink could slide or smear across your paper or even damage your printer.
Print one test copy. Your monitor colour settings may tell you that your invitation will look one way, but you won't know for sure unless you print a test.
Cut your invitations using your paper cutter.
Tips and warnings
- You may want to print a few extra copies to practice cutting with your paper cutter.
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