- 6 years ago
- Wedding: December 2012
Hello ladies! I just got Adobe Illustrator and had to teach myself from scratch how to use it to make my invites so I thought some of you might find this little tutorial helpful. I am by no means an expert and I’m sure there are tons more things you can do, but I’ll try to give you some basics. I have a mac, but I would assume most of these things will be in the same places on a windows based machine.
First off, I’m using vistaprints’ templates. You can find them here: http://www.vistaprint.com/propath/choose-product.aspx?xnav=foot I’m using the 9 x 6 horizontal invitation. Download which ever one you are planning to use and open it in Illustrator and that’s where we will start! =)
Okay, so this is what you should be looking at (or some variation of this). First things first, let’s hide (or delete) the guidelines. I suggest keeping them for now so you can triple check your design after you finish that it will print correctly. Down in the lower right corner you will see something that says “Layers” if you click the little eye beside “Guides” it will hide the vistaprint guidelines and you will have a blank white sheet. Good.
Alright, let’s start with some text. If you notice the side bar on the left, currently the black arrow is selected, you will use this tool a lot. It’s basically a selection tool. You can use it to move things around and select things. Well, for text we are going to click the “T” then click somewhere on your white page and a cursor will show up. Type whatever you want. I suggest doing the text in blocks so you can more easily change colors, fonts, placement, etc.
Once you’ve typed what you want, you can head up to the top and change the font. Since we are still in the “T” mode, you will have to select your all of your text before you can change it. If you click into the “selection” button you will be able to just click the area where the text is to change it. If you need to change more than one block of text, hold down the shift key and click your blocks. They will all have a blue underline under them to show they are selected.
Now, the fonts already installed on your computer are pretty basic so this won’t apply to those, but if you’ve installed some of those super awesome fonts that have tons of swirls and swishes then this will be useful. I’m using Burgues Script (found here: http://sudtipos.com/fonts/97) and there are tons of different options for every letter. So, to start you will need to add “gylphs” to your tool bar (on the right). It’s at the top under Type – Glyphs (if it’s not there then go under the Help screen and type it in and it’ll show you were it is. A box will pop up called Glyphs and you can drag it over to the side bar so it’s not in the way (it’ll attach itself beside the swatches).
Now while in the “T” text mode, you can highlight the letter you want to change and the glyphs will pop up with all the different options for that letter. Alright, so that was the basics of adding text. Changing colors is at the top of the sidebar, etc.
Now for graphics. This part was tricky for me. I found some free vector files online of snowflakes and that’s what I’ll be using.
Open whatever graphs vector file you will be using in Illustrator. Here’s mine.
Notice how when you click (in selection mode) everything is attached and moves as one thing. I only want one snowflake not all of them. So to break them apart you need to select all the snowflakes (they will all be selected in blue) and then right click and select “Ungroup”. Then click outside the snowflake area and click the one that you wish to use (now only one is blue). Now you can cut & paste that on to your invitation page.
Now you can resize it and recolor it to your hearts content! I’m partial to purple, so that’s what I did with mine. Now as you can see in my screen cap the light colored snowflake is one top and I didn’t want that so you can right click it (once it’s selected) and go to Arrange – Send to back and it will be below the darker one.
Now you can Ungroup the different elements that make up the snowflakes too if you wanted to use them elsewhere using the same process as before. =) It’s okay in this case if the graphics are over lapping on the outside of the page (it’s called an artboard by the way), when it’s printing, it will not print anything thats outside the artboard.
Alright ladies, that’s basically all I know and how I designed my invites. Feel free to ask any questions and I will try to answer them. Remember Google is your friend! =)
Here’s my WeddingBee finished product (you can save these as JPG too so you can upload them to friends and stuff too, it’s under save for web & devices).