- Arts and Design
Design Your Own Invitations at Home
The print-on-demand industry has made it easier than ever to design your own customized invitations. You can skip the print shop and do it all on your computer from the comfort of your own home. This Hubpage focuses on how to design at Zazzle.com, the tips can be used for designs printed at your local print shop!
The Easy Way to Design an Invitation
The simplest way to design your own invitation on Zazzle is to use the search tool to find pre-designed invitations suitable for your event. You may want to try searching the invitations using a keyword like "shower" or "rose" to see what is available on those themes. You'll probably find there are lots of options, which you can view in order of popularity or newness.
Find something you like and add your own personal information, even add or change a photo.
Begin at the Beginning
Design your own from the ground up
To start from the beginning, you may want to choose a photo which will allow your text to stand out.
When you have your art, choose a style of text from the Zazzle tool that suits your occasion. Experiment a bit until you find the one creates just the right feel. Be sure it is sized properly so it grabs attention and is not overwhelmed by the photo. Be sure your text is the right color -- bold enough to stand out, yet complementary at the same time.
On the flip side, you can provide the particulars of your event. With customizable invitations from Zazzle, you are free to adapt the design for your purposes.
But if you don't have any photos or art, don't worry. You'll find lots of customizable designs on Zazzle with art. Even if all you use is the photo, it's okay. If it says customizable the contributor has given permission for you to use the in your design. It's assumed the invitation is for your personal use, however. You'll need to run any of your commercial project ideas by the copyright holder.
Choosing Your Art
It's important to choose quality art so your invitation will look nice. Here's what to look for in a quality photo.
* Be sure your photo is properly sized. A photo may look great on your computer screen as a small photo, but when you blow it up and print it the details may not be there. Your photo may look blurry or grainy. Check in your photo's size and dpi, dots per inch, to see if your photo makes the grade.
* Be sure your photo is clear and well lit. An out of focus picture or one taken under dark lighting conditions cannot be expected to print well.
* Be sure your photo does not have distracting elements like a light pole which might seem to be growing out of someone's head. Background elements unfortunately look quite different in the actual photograph. Even if you don't have anything as bad as a pole growing out of someone's head, you want your subject to be prominent in your photo.
* Be sure your photo is appropriate. A well chosen photo will add a lot to your invitation. If it's a beach party, a beach photo will look mighty inviting. A mountain photo will suggest you didn't take the time to do the invitation right.
More about Art
You'll also want the image to be attractive, and set the right tone. This image I photographed at Pensacola Beach is popular for wedding invitations because of the nature beauty of the landscape and pastel tones.
Be sure the image you chose sets the right tone.
More about Type
There are a lot of typefaces. Making the right choice usually takes a little time, patience, and experimentation. With the beach scene above, you'll probably want to choose a more delicate typeface, perhaps a Script.
Depending on your event, you may find there's a typeface that sets the right tone. There are typefaces that are handwritten, making them especially suitable for children's parties of school events. Some types look medieval; others are dark and bold.
Whatever you do, don't rush into a decision. Make sure it matches. Be willing to get second and third opinions to make sure you get it right.
About the Author
Cheryl Rogers is a stay-at-home mom in Tampa, Florida. A former newspaper reporter, Cheryl writes magazine articles, takes nature photographs and assists authors with self publishing. Many years ago, she ran a desktop publishing business, where she learned a lot about design and type. She frequently designed flyers, business cards, and stationery, along with others jobs ordered at print shops.
She learned to take photographs at her first newspaper job, where she was trained on a 35mm camera. She has since converted to a Canon 40D, which she used to taken nature photographs. Cheryl sells customizable invitations in her Zazzle store, along with posters, bags, mugs, shirts, key songs, labels, cards and more.
She has published 19 entitles, including Fast Track to Victory, A Christian Guidebook, a book aimed at new and young Christian which encapsulates biblical principles needed to life a victorious Christian life. Learn how to truly love and forgive others, set aside pride, deal with tragedy and death, and so much more. Learn more here.
Among her other ebooks are the Bible Camp Mystery series about a former New York gang leader, Chet Harrigan, who travels to the Central Florida backwoods with a group of 10- to 16-year-old boys. Things never go as planned. Chet and the boys have to live by faith -- and they teach readers the biblical path to salvation, the power of prayer, and the importance of obedience. The first two titles in the series are Lost in the Woods: A Bible Camp Mystery, and Alone in the Woods. Her short story collection, Just Like Jonah Wail Tales, teaches young adults there's a price to pay when you disobey.
On the topic of self publishing, she has written: What You Should Know Before You Hire a Book Designer, What You Should KNOW about Self Publishing and Book Selling Strategies for the Reluctant Marketer
She share new Christian book announcements, excerpts, author marketing tips, digital marketing news, a Bible-based living column, and features at her website.
© 2010 Cheryl Rogers