Friday, July 30, 2010

Make Your Own Invites and Announcements Using Your Digital Templates

By Amy Kingsford

Storyboard Template by Coffee Shop Actions

Making your own digital invitations, announcements and greeting cards can be simple, inexpensive and speedy…especially when you use helpful tools such as digital templates, that most of us digital scrapbookers already have on hand!

My favorite multi-purpose templates on the market right now are Biograffiti’s Gridlocked No. 1 and Gridlocked No. 2 template sets—perfect for everything from mini albums, wall art, invitations  and more!  Each set contains 15 layered templates and best of all you can use these in your scrap for hire projects too!

Now lets take a look at how simple it really is to convert any digital template into your very own invite, in  just a few simple steps.


1. Choose a template that is suited to the project you’re working on and open it in Photoshop, I have chosen “Template #11, from Biograffiti’s Gridlocked No. 1.


2. Next click on the “Image Tab” at the top left of the screen and select “Resize.”  Remove the checkmark from the “Constrain Proportions” box and then make sure your resolution is suited for the project you are creating.  (Note: If its something that will be printed out your resolution should be set at 300, if its being published to the web, set it to 72).  Then finally enter the finished measurements for your project and click “OK.”

3. Now your template should be resized to suit the project you are working with.  Newer versions of Photoshop are content aware and can change the size of a file without distorting the overall image, however if you are working with an older version of Photoshop then you may want to do some tweaking to make sure you are happy with the final proportions of your project.

invitefinishedPapers and Elements from Emily Powers Moonlight Revelrie and Expectantly Yours Kits

4. Next clip the papers of your choice to the template, and add your elements and finishing touches.  In these particular templates from Biograffiti she includes a number key to aid you in your design.  you’ll want to delete that key before saving and printing.

5. Now you’re all  ready to print, address and send your invites  in the mail!

For more great templates and quick hybrid projects Visit Biograffiti's Shop at Oscraps!


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