I am obsessed with ditigal paper and clip art- as most of you have come to know lately! Today I wanted to stick with my computer/photography theme for Monday, and also kick off my new Summer Party Series- so I wanted to show you how you can combine digital papers and clip art in photoshop to make beautiful invites!
Pull a chair up to your computer, grab some fun summer prints and clip art in birght colors, and get to designing! First off, head over to Lilly Bimble’s site for some great downloads. The matryoshka graphic is from Lilly Bimble and can be downloaded (FREE (personal use only)!!!!!!) here.
If you don’t have photoshop, you can drag and drop your invite pictures in place in your photo editing software. If you only have I photo, I’d reccomend downloading an editing tool like Pixelmator. Yes, photoshop is a lot of extra work, but it gives you the ability to make professional looking products. I am using a full version of photoshop, but you can use all of these ideas in Elements.
*For all pictures below, please click to enlarge so you can see the dropdown menus more clearly.
I am using the green polka dot paper from Lilly Bimble and one of the matryoshkas included in the download. I am also using a scalloped oval shape I downloaded as well as a flower I downloaded from Scrap Girls (I don’t have the link for the scrap girls items as I downloaded them from their commercial liscence section, but they offer a lot of free and inexpensive options for personal use). You can use any shape and paper combination though- this is mostly a tutorial to show you some features in photoshop.
First, you’re going to set your invite size. I chose 400×400 pixels, but you can use anything you’d like. 400×400 displays well on blogs, in emails, and is a good print size for print invitations. Next, under “fine” click “place”. Pick your file and it will display with an “x” across the artboard. You can rezise, tilt, or more the image before you hit place. Be totally sure you like the placement- and then hit place or double click on the image for it to set.
Next, use the same “place” process to add a graphic. I used my matryoshka doll, shrunk her, and slightly tilted her. You can resize by dragging the dark black dots around the image to resize- and if you hover your mouse a little outside the highlighted box, you will see a curved arrow that will allow you to tilt the image.
Next, I added a scalloped circle shape by using the same place proccess. The shape came up grey- but more on how to change that later. Right click on the small square box next to the layer description, and chose “select pixels”. You will see the “dancing ants” dotted line appear around your shape.
If you try to change the color of the shape right now, nothing will happen. You need to go to the “layer” tab and chose “rasterize” then “layer”. You wont see any changes, but this allows you to change the fill of the object or even add a border (stroke).
Next, click on “edit”, then on “fill”. A screen will pop up allowing you to pick colors, chose whatever you’d like. I find that darker text and objects look better on lighter backgrounds- its just more visually appealing.
After you select a color, it will show up in your shape. You chould also pick a pattern to fill the shape with. If you want to pick a specific color to exactly match one of your objects, it is really easy. Go to edit, fill, and choose color. Mouse over to the object you like the color of, and you’ll notice your mouse is a small eyedropper shape. Click on the part of the picture where you like the color (I picked the pink in the doll’s flower). It will now display in the color box, allowing you to pick that color! If you really love the color and want to save it for future projects, you can jot down the code at the bottom of the color box and then write it in there for the next object (or text).
Ok, so now I just switched out the whole style at this point, because I was not feeling the small doll and shape design, so I used a bigger doll instead. I used all of the same processes described above though. Next, I wanted to add a flower. I placed it like above, resized it, and xhanged the fill to the light pink of the top of the doll.
I liked it so much, I wanted to add a bunch of flowers. In another program, you could easily just select it and chose copy and paste. In photoshop, you need to right click on the item description under the layer section. Chose “duplicate layer” then click “ok”. Click on the first image, and there should be a copy on top of it! Move it to where you like it, and you have another!
I added a few more flowers and got to the point I loved it! I’d love to see YOUR ideas for invites this summer- and ALL of your summer party ideas! I will be starting a link party this Friday and it will fun every Friday all summer long! Please stop by and share your summer party plans! Drinks, recipes, decorations, ideas for games- let’s share some great ideas this summer!
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