How to Create a Save the Date Card Using a Photograph

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Save money by using your own artistic skill to create a Save the Date card for an upcoming wedding. As image editing software becomes more commonly available, creating professional-looking cards becomes correspondingly easier. Give your guests advance notice with these informal cards you design on your own computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Image editing program, such as Photoshop, Gimp, or Paint Shop Pro
  • Digital photograph of couple
  • Blank CD
  • CD burner
  • Copy shop
  • Open your image editing program. Create a new file four inches high by six inches wide. You will make your Save the Date Card in this file. Create a second file of any size, which will be your palette. Open your digital photograph in a third file.

  • Choose your colors for the card and use your brush tool to add them to your palette. Pick a main color, a complementary color, and an accent color which provides good contrast to your main color.

  • Use your fill tool to fill in the four-by-six rectangle with the main color.

  • Crop and re-size your digital photograph of the engaged couple so that it is a two-inch square. Give it a finished look by framing it with a border in the accent color. Copy and paste it into your card file and align it to the right-hand side of the card.

  • Select the contrasting color and choose a font. Type, [Bride's name] / and / [Groom's name] / will be married / [date] / Please Save the Date / formal invitation will follow. The slashes indicate line breaks.

  • Choose your rectangular marquee tool. If your text is above the photograph, add a horizontal stripe in the complementary color in the layer beneath the photograph. If your text is to the left of the photograph, add a vertical stripe.

  • Flatten the layers of your image, save as a high-quality .jpg, and burn it to a CD. Take it to a copy shop and have postcards printed. Address them and mail them out to your guests four to six months prior to the wedding date.

Tips & Warnings

  • 1. In choosing colors, first determine if the wedding will have themed colors. If not, consider if the bride or groom has favorite colors; or consider the date of the wedding and choose seasonally appropriate colors.
  • 2. Pay special attention to the choice of font: a poor use of type will make your card look cheap. Experiment with an oldstyle-type font, such as Centaur or Garamond, for a classic look. For a casual look, pair a funky handwriting font, such as Lucida Handwriting, with a serif typeface, such as Caslon or Georgia, in two different colors.
  • 3. Experiment with bolding important components, such as the engaged couple's names, or setting them apart with a larger size of text. Minimize less important information, such as "formal invitation to follow."
  • 4. Avoid all caps, and experiment with alignment. A strong right border may be more striking than a centered approach.
  • 5. If you don't have a CD burner, your local copy shop may accept files saved to a flash drive.

References

  • "The Non-Designer's Design and Type Books, Deluxe Edition;" Robin Williams; 2007
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