How to Create Wedding Invitations in Photoshop

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If you are a thrifty bride or budget-conscious planner, finding ways to cut costs in lots of little ways for the wedding can help you stay on budget. Wedding invitations are a good place to save money, especially if you have image editing software like Adobe Photoshop. It's a cinch to design the wedding invites yourself and save a lot of money in the process.

  • Create a new document. Determine the dimensions you want your invitation to be. If you want a 4 x 6-inch invitation, open a blank document and use a very high resolution (300+ ppi). A high resolution helps produce a higher quality image when it goes to print.

  • Scan swatches of your wedding colors. Open the scanned images in Photoshop as a color reference for your invitations.

  • Choose a neutral background color that fits the color scheme of your wedding. Highly saturated colors can make your invitation difficult to read, so choose a muted color that makes the text easily legible. If you want one of your wedding colors as the background, use the eye dropper tool over the desired wedding color swatch. Then use the paint bucket tool and "drop" the color you want as the background of your invitation into the blank document.

  • Create a watermark from a graphic that fits the theme of your wedding. Whether it be a monogram, flowers or a fountain, a graphic for a watermark will add a classy and professional touch to your invitations while keeping it simple.

  • Erase the background on the graphic. Turn the image into a solid color by going to "Blending Options" on the layer and choosing "Color Overlay." Then select a color that matches the background. Select "OK" and then in the layers window reduce the layer opacity below 100 percent if the color of the graphic is still too loud.

  • Find a font you like. Use the text tool to write some sample text into your invitation document. Change the type of font of your sample text until you find a font you feel goes with the theme of your wedding. Italic scripts like Lucida Calligraphy or Edwardian Script are good for more formal affairs, and Garamond or Perpetua are nice for more casual weddings. Keep the font decipherable. Dark font colors over a light background will keep your invitation readable, but light font colors over a light background will make your invitations difficult to read.

  • Save the original invitation as one file, then go to "Save As" to save the invitation into a second file. Lower the PPI (Pixels per inch) to 100 in the second file, keeping the original at a high resolution to give yourself the most flexibility when you go to print the invitations.

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