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Making an Invitation

By Wendy Williams  ·  September 11th, 2008

I think that making your own invitations is a really fun thing to do, they are so much more personal than buying them ready made and actually are really simple to make. So I though that for this tutorial I would show you the basic of making an invitation, once you have mastered the basics then you can adapt it to suit any occasion.

Create a new file File>New>Blank File. You can make yours any size you like but if you want to follow along with me then I used 1500 pixels x 2100 pixels 300 resolution, RGB with a white background

Next choose two shades of the same colour. I used two shades of blue 99b3f4 and 83a0e8

Then do Filter>Render>Clouds once you have done that the your image should now looks something like this.

Choose white as your foreground colour then choose a nice flowing text and type in the word Invitation. If you want to follow along with me then I used Paulinho Pedra Azul at 60pt.

Select a hard brush at 8 pixels click down once at the point I have marked A, hold down the shift key and click down again at the point I have marked B

Elements will fill in the line between the two points and holding down the shift key will ensure that the line is level

Duplicate this layer. Layer>Duplicate Layer and using the move tool move the second line into place as I have done.

Repeat this process another 5 times and move each of the lines into place. Just switch on the grid to make sure that the lines are all aligned and neatly spaced out.

Now we can start to add a few decorations to our invitation. I kept mine fairly simple and if you want to follow along then just select the Custom Shape Tool, make sure that your foreground colour is still set to white and choose the Butterfly Shape.

Drag out the Custom Shape Tool on your image until it looks about the same size as mine

Now we are going to add a little colour to our butterfly so in order to work on it we have to simplify the layer. Layer>Simplify Layer and call this layer “Butterfly 1”

Change your foreground colour to 4d6fc1 and choose a soft brush at 150 pixels. Go to the layers palette, Control Click (Mac Command Click) on the “Butterfly 1” layer to regain the selection and paint the edges of the Butterfly

When you are painting only let a small part of the brush go over the marching ants that way you will get a very soft edge which is perfect for this. I have shown you in the next image how I used the brush just look at the circle and you will see how I have positioned it.

Duplicate the “Butterfly 1” layer Layer>Duplicate Layer and using the move tool move the new Butterfly over to the other side of your Invitation. Rotate it a little too and maybe reduce the size if it.

Change your foreground colour to white, select the Custom Shape Tool again and choose Ornament 5 from the Ornament set. Then drag it out at the bottom of your invitation

Again we need to simplify this layer so that we can add extra colour. Layer>Simplify Layer and call this layer “Divider”

Change your foreground colour to 4d6fc1 and choose a soft brush this time at 50 pixels. Go to the layers palette Control Click (Mac Command Click) on the “Divider” layer thumbnail to regain the selection and just add a few dots of the darker colour to your divider.

Finally I added a slight drop shadow the Text, Butterflies and Divider layer and that gives you your finished Invitation

If you are a scrapbooker then try adding background papers and embellishments to the invitation just as I did for this Valentine’s Day one. You really can get a great effect this way.

There are many different things that you can do, try experimenting with colours, text and adding clip art or photographs. By doing that you can make sure that each invitation is perfect for the occasion, so try things out and most of all do remember to experiment and enjoy :)


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