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Design Your Own Spring Wedding Invitation in Illustrator

Melanie Yarbrough, Hand letterer, illustrator, and designer

Design Your Own Spring Wedding Invitation in Illustrator

Melanie Yarbrough, Hand letterer, illustrator, and designer

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10 Lessons (1h 8m)
    • 1. Spring Wedding Invitation Intro

    • 2. Pinterest Inspiration Board

    • 3. Opening Adobe Illustrator

    • 4. Drawing: Branch

    • 5. Drawing: Leaves

    • 6. Drawing: Gray Leaf

    • 7. Drawing: Succulent

    • 8. Assembling the Bouquet

    • 9. Assembling the Invitation

    • 10. Prep Your Files for Print

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About This Class


Save some of your precious wedding budget by designing and creating your own spring wedding invitation. Then let that design inform your save the dates, RSVP cards, wedding website, and thank you cards!

This class is for the DIY bride or groom who wants to communicate their personality and their partner’s personality in the design of their invitations and wedding pack.

This class is geared toward someone with little to no design experience. Familiarity with Adobe Illustrator is a plus, but not required. You can download a 30-day free trial of Illustrator and get all of your designs created in enough time to cross another wedding to-do off your list.

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Melanie Yarbrough

Hand letterer, illustrator, and designer


Melanie is a hand letterer, illustrator, and designer based in Arlington, MA. She works in tech learning by day, and spends all of her free time creating beautiful letters and illustrations. She has a passion for bright colors, correct grammar, and turning her designs into products you can use. 


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1. Spring Wedding Invitation Intro: Hello and welcome to my skill share class on how to design your own spring wedding invitations in Adobe Illustrator. My name is Melanie Yarbrough from Melanie Jayne Studios, and I'm excited to show you a simple way to cut costs from your ever growing wedding budget . My fiance and I got engaged in July of 2016 and we took a few months off before we started planning. Now that we're visiting, then used in talking numbers, it became clear that we needed to cut costs wherever we could. If you have an idea of the kind of wedding you're going tohave colors, aesthetic mood, you've already made so many of the decisions you need to make. In order to design your invitations, I'm going to walk you through building a very simple floral invitation. If this doesn't match your style or vision, you'll learn plenty of skills that you can apply to creating something you're really happy with. I plan to launch similar classes to this one that focused on varying aesthetics, so keep an eye out for those as well. Let's get designing 2. Pinterest Inspiration Board: So here we are. I have my skill share. Wedding inspiration, Um, Pinterest board open. And I just wanted to walk you through some of the points of inspiration. So let's see, you got this one. Um, got some line drawings. I really like the white against the colors. Um, even this one has, like, the color of the background and just that fine in the general shapes. Agree? I like how it kind of frames the text down here. You have just a little bit, um, even have a little bit of color in the text. So what's a mothers love this, This wreath. Look, it has a lot of, like wild greens, and there couple flowers on just very simple text with a little bit of script and some sand Saref. Um, I love that look. See, um, these have some right colors. Very almost neon colors. And this also has the floral framing. The entire piece of paper were just kind of cool. It runs off, so it's cut off the edge. Um, and then you have the envelope liner, which matches, which is also something you could do You after you create the assets for this class. I love this one. It has kind of like a wild look in the back, the florals and the greens and then the shape, um, kind of simplifies it, and it brings the information to the forefront. This one is great, has very simple. Just this is probably saved. The date might say, save the date of their on. And it just has the florals and the their initials and the date at the bottom. Um, you don't for spring you it really just matters. Um, What you want So, like colors, fonds, everything like that. Feel free to customize is we're building this. Um, this one is cool, too. Has some florals, but mostly, like kind of a Palm Springs feel as captain and succulents. Just also something you can dio. Um, I love these envelope liners. And another way, you can kind of bring it all together. It's pick a color from your color scheme and have the, um, the envelope match that or just two Kraft paper. Really anything to go with. This one is also beautiful. It's a little bit more closer to what we'll be doing, like vector drawings, florals and leaves. And then how the text in the middle This'll one is the design itself isn't really what we're going for. But I love to the succulent on. I wanted to have that image on the board. So that's something to keep in mind as well. When you're building something like this just like get images that you love colors that you love, just get it all in one place so you can keep going back to it. And if you find something after you look at it for a while if you don't really like it, just, you know, remove. It was the beauty of interest. So this has some, like watercolor relieves, not a full reef. Still beautiful, that prominent the date and the names Those are the things that you want people to see at first glance. So keep that in mind. Hasn't rzb card details card. Usually if you run out of space here, if you just don't want everything there, you can put like your, um where you registered your website or, um, places that people can look for hotels on the details card. It's great. Yes, quickly, we have some more reads love the wild look of this. This would be a great save. The dates just initials. Date, maybe have a little bit more information down here. This one is also good. It seems a lot of money if you do just one color printing, Um, so you do black and then to a little more D i y you could incorporate some kind of ribbon or have a colored envelope. If you buy it in bulk, it's usually cheaper. So you know you can, like, still get the florals and get that aesthetic. But not necessarily if you pay for all the color printing. This one is beautiful. It's kind of rifle paper company. This will definitely be a little on the higher end of getting it printed because there's gold foil. There's all kinds of colors, but it's beautiful. So, yeah, I love these great pinks. Greet. So yeah, so this is kind of what I compiled. Um, this one also was a huge inspiration and just kind of, ah, wild wreath at the top. Like how it frames it from the top of the bottom. Um, all right, so let's get started 3. Opening Adobe Illustrator : Okay, so we're going to start off by opening illustrator for the first time. If you don't have this program, you can download it for a free 30 day trial, which, if you want to take watch all the videos in this class and then download it So you're kind of ready to go. You should have enough time if you work on it on a daily basis to get it all done and get it ready to send to the printer with a little bit of leeway in case the printer ask you to making edits before they can print it. Um, so when you first open the program, you'll you can press this new button or use a shortcut command end. It gives you all these options Web, print, mobile. But we're just gonna use I have recent ones you could go to print. It gives you a letter. It's changes to interest because it's more how my brain works in print. Um, and we want this to be five by seven, and the orientation is gonna be vertical. Um, we also want bleeds, so the bleeds are for when your design those to the edge of the document on And it just the bleeds air to give you a guideline for how far past the edge of the document, you should bring that design just to make sure that when they trimmed the paper that there isn't a weird white space between the end of the design and bad to the paper. So you want us to be seeing my K since printing and then press free and open up a new document for you. Um, this is this is the art board. The red line is the bleed, and the black edges the edge of the document. When you export this, it's really only gonna export the art board. So when you're creating things, if you're iterating your design, bring it out into the paste board. If you want to do several versions of something like something we draw or try out different fonts, that's totally fine. Feel free to make this your own, but just like play with it and do with it. Do it in the pace bored out here, and then you can compare them later. Just make sure you don't get rid of anything until the very end of the project, because you never know. You two days may go by. You might make a new decision about your wedding and then decide. Oh, this actually goes better with, um So, yes. So I'm gonna in the next video, I'm gonna show you the class assets, um, file, which also has the bleeds. But it shows you all the different things that will be learning to draw. So see in the next video. 4. Drawing: Branch: you hear? Er, I've opened the class assets file, which is available for download. Um, and it pretty much has all of the elements that are in this illustration, which isn't the invitation. And they're all actually facing the They're all of the angles that they're they are in this illustration and the sizes down here, you can see the color palette have. These are the colors are used in the actual illustration, and then these are the background colors. Just give you an idea. So now we're going to move all of this just to the side so we can draw everything. Use your selection tool. Um, rubber band select. If you hold down shift, we'll just do. It'll go, but, um, only certain angles, which I like. It has to be straight over inside. Okay, so, um, let's move some of these over here. So to copy something in vit, you want to hold down option on a Mac and just click and drag, and I'll just duplicate it will leave the original there, have the new it over here, so get all of these elements over here, so we can haven't, um an idea of what we're trying. I also like to have the color palettes close by because we'll use the eyedropper tool to grab the different colors. Okay, so let's start with, um, something a little bit simpler. So this uses basically some some curved lines and some circles. So basically the start, you can use your pen tool or, um, you know, is the pencil tool. It really depends on the kind of stroke you want, so I can show you some options. So with the pencil tool, it's gonna be a little bit more organic stroke, shall we? Um, so, um, this has that greenish colors. But we wanted this dark gray so you can just select it. I drop her it, and it takes all of the styles from that. So I think I also I also had a style where the edges of the ends of the lines are capped occur. So if you just have a line, let me show you. You just have a line human. You can see the end here is curved in the end. Here's slat. So to change that, select the line and then go to the stroke panel. You see, all these options do cat, which is okay, so you can mess around those, um, cap end misses the corners. Do so this interesting with this. All right, so that's how it is that so, anyway, so we're back to here. Um, you So I just used the pencil tool for That's pretty smooth. That'll work for this. But other options. You can use the pen tool, which is up here short cut his p. And you can just kind of draw the anchor point, draw the other and then drag out these little handles I'm holding. My mouse went down so you could drag it out. Yeah, So much the same line. So from here, you just draw out a little lines going to each side. So just here, Teoh. So after I'm done with this line, if I click anywhere, it's gonna keep going. Um, So I undo that I distant command z community. So I want to stop the sign. I want to tell them not to draw any connect anymore. Anchor points to this. So I just fell down command and click. And it keeps the pen tool, but it starts a whole new path. So that's what I'm doing in between. He's so thes perfect. So now we want, um you want all these lines to be connected? So how are we gonna do that? So I'm using my direct selection tool. Just moving that one point. So I don't want it to be looking off the edge on the other side. Okay, So go to our Pathfinder. Which window? Pathfinder? Open it up, and we want to. Sometimes you have to get a little creative with these. You can play around. That's obviously not want. That's what we want. That's not what we want. Okay, so do an outline, and now you can see that there's no stroke on it. So it looks like there's something we select it, do the eyedropper again. And now we see When we go to grab it, it's one Seoul outline. Um, if you don't have the colors on your thing and you, um you want to do it down here, you want to create the stroke down here, all you need is the like hex value of that, the hex value of that color. Do you get by double clicking here and gives you this numeral that, um, it'll tell illustrate or this is the shade. I want seal. You can select that. No. Oh, okay. It's like that. And then we will select this double click where it says no stroke drop. That will hex number. And there click. OK, Perfect. So again, you can see the outline didn't keep the stroke style so you can just go to a stroke cap. Perfect. So we have our branch, and now we just need to add these little bobbles at the end. So these air really simple. You just need a circle. So you need to get the Ellipse tool, which is in this panel. But sure you might. Shortcuts just press. No, but you could see this little, um, cursor. So now you can either draw them from here. If you want to draw something where it grows out from where your pointer is, just full down option shift while you draw it and it'll start wherever your point, uris. So that can help you kind of center these. Otherwise, it'll just draw you draw on the lips. All those kinds of things doesn't only want So we're gonna draw this circle right from here . This one can make him different sizes. So more, more. I get organics. No, no, I am. So if you want to go back, not happy with it, you can select it and then drag this also holding down shift an option, and it will not move at all. If you just, um, hold down shift, it'll just go to the opposite corner. So you want options that keeps the centre perfect school. Okay, so now we want he's to be this blue color with a white Stroker on the edge in you'll see Wide Leader. So what you can do is rubber bands like this whole thing and then well, downshift while you click Be branch because we don't want the branch to be that color that we just have all the circles selected, but not the branch. So now use our eyedropper tool, which shortcut I go, the color we want. Perfect. So now that you have all of them selected, we can go here but of the stroke and type in f f f f f f. And that is white. Um, the contrary, zero 36 zeros is black, so you can kind of see this. This is actually really cool too. So, um, the one that is in the illustration has the branch in the forefront. But this is also pretty cool, because the white around it kind of like sets it off from the branch. So it's little things like that. They can make that decision when you're designing it. So I'm just gonna rubber band slept all of this and group it by pressing command g. And now when I move it around, it's all 5. Drawing: Leaves: move on to the next guy. So it's kind of similar. You know how to do this? Use a pencil for this one. Um, that want it to look like this. So do to a couple of lines from here. Okay? Now, we want a couple lines to make out from this one. Just do this. And then for these little and guys, they're just kind of little petal shapes, which I like to do with the pen tool making anchor point. Go straight up, pull it out, angle. And then if you go back and click this, it'll get rid of this handle here, which causes this curve at the end. Okay, so now we have. Then you can just go. We get a symmetrical is possible, but also supposed to be in nature. So not everything is gonna be supersymmetry. So, like I said, we don't want the stroke on this. We want Phil. So you could just tuggle that come and here wanted a little bit smaller. So just down says a little bit, and then you can copy or option and drag. Um, that shape and little copy it over. I see. So, Suman, make sure this little piece. Great. Um, so this one Let's get these united there's and outline which, like I said, But now if we want to know what these Okay, so now we can just group this all together, then we have very similar, um, thes air, obviously a little bit longer. So one way you could do fix this is the's air a little bit longer. So one way you could fix this is just go through and just short him a little bit. Okay? For this one, it's very similar to this, actually, my people toe, you probably just cut some of this out and just extend the leaves, but well, well, just draw them here, so and tool, he shortcut. Just Ross. Um, big big leaves don't need to be mom symmetrical. So, for this one, I'm gonna instead of just doing a line, I'm gonna make a shape. So I'm gonna do the M shortcut, which creates squares and rectangles, and just to then rectangle. And then I could drag it over here, turn it so that it looks like little stem coming off the leaf. Perfect. So now, because they're both shapes, I can unite them now it's one. So if I am so I changed that to outline the outline, but so now you can see it's just a sheet. Um So, So here. And actually this is the wrong color. So we want to I slept that and then go through the color palettes. I drop tools. Not so grateful. Okay, so you can either coffee and drag that or draw few more of those. So I like to drag. Um, just copy and Dragon will conducts them here. Go rather the other one set up a little. Okay, because Okay. So because they're all shapes now, we can combined them since assuming here, get all of these touching. No touching at the bottom. Perfect. Select a mall. Unite tool. Now there are one shape I'm separating. OK, so now let's just for all this. We have these little lines in the middle. Services are pinto Will, Actually, um, let's use the pencil to for this one, because Americans draw just, like forget it. See? So that is in. There's no shope on it. We wanted to be this color, so just get it. It's a lighter. 2.5 points. Um, missed keyboard shortcut. AusAID. So a rubber band. I slept back and together so you can see these air. These don't look exactly like the other ones. But it's the whole point is that it Looks like, you know, kind of like nature. Obviously. Doesn't look realistic, but yeah. 6. Drawing: Gray Leaf: this is Okay, so let's move on to the lease. So this one is kind of fun. I just free handed with the pen tool. So, um, this is one of the harder tools and illustrator, But the only way to get it is just just keep practicing. So I just start here. You draw little, Another point, go back to this point to get rid of that. So now you have full control over where this one goes, um, to I won't Here in gold. It's with me. Do you door? So here. Yeah. - Okay . So obviously these look nothing alike. So now we're gonna go in and kind of finesse it. So we want these to be connected. So, um, when Cesaire direct selection tool just to adjust each point here. So until it's the shape we want, Um, so direct selection A on your keyboard, if you so, if direct selection, if I just grab this, it's gonna move that, um if I if I grab this, it'll move it around. So we want to do this one here. And now that those air touching assuming we can join this to be one point. So, um, I see. So you gonna object? Join? And the shortcut is committed. J So now there. Um, this is all one pass. So we can also look this easier to see the whole week. Okay, so now let's get these going. So to here, Um And then you'll see this little guy here. If you pull on, that will change the angle, which depending out kind of leaves you want. I like the curved edge there. Okay, so I've spent it up here so you could just see what I'm doing. They round out the corners, just try to make it look a organic of a leaf shaped as possible and just keep messing around with it until you're happy. All right, so we have our general leave shape. We wanted this color, and you can keep, um, messing around with that as you like, But now we're just gonna add the the white veins that we have here. So I'm gonna go back to the pencil tool because I really like I really like the natural way that it a stroke, that it shows I wanted a 5.6. The other one, and then just, you know, when a new path so that instead of draw this just drawing. Okay, so we'll select all these will get rid of this. He's a selection. Then weaken. I dropped her that. Okay, this one is definitely a little more. Um, a little more organic looking, I'd say. Yeah, so you can just mess around with that and then will group that together the way I did this . The reason that thes lines are the more wavy is I did. He's just with the Pentothal, which depends on what Looking going for, okay. 7. Drawing: Succulent: Okay, so now we're just gonna make this final little succulent drawing, which is actually pretty simple. Um, okay, So first, we're going to start off with a triangle which you can get to by selecting the polygon tool over here in the rectangle tool panel. Um, and it will start off with a hex Adan six sides. And if you press your down, Aargh button will bring you down, it'll just remove aside, um, and the up arrow button will add sides, so we just need a triangle. So because a little smaller perfect, um, and this one has the green shade up here with just a white stroke around it, Um, so that you can see each of the the little leaves here on top of each other. Okay, so make it a little bit smaller, cause this is gonna be the top one here, and we want the edges to be rounded, so it actually looks like a succulent. So it's just pulling here. You see these little round soon, right in this little guy, which we've used in a couple of the other drawings. And if you pull that, it'll change all of them. So now we have her shape and we're going to build. So move this one off to the side, will copy that off to the side. And now we want to make this little other triangle out of the triangles, so just copy, command. See, and paste on top command F So now we have two shapes. Um, and I just like to It's the turn it, And you can look at the shape up here, but, uh, yeah, so just create a little little triangle out of these. So do the same copy paste on top over here. Slip it around until you have each of these pointing, um, into a corner. Great. So make a little bit taker. Okay, so now we have this shape, but this one on top First, you want to group these together, So command g one group, and now we'll put this in the middle and we can make this back shade just a little bit bigger. And now we're going to pretty much do the same thing, just rotating it a little bit so that it fans out like that. So we'll take the back, um shape man C f and then turn it on and we want this to go. We want this new shape that we just created on top of the second cheap to go to the back. So the shortcut for that is command and then left square bracket. So now it's in the back, so just make that a little bit bigger and just keep doing the same thing. Um, bigger then consented to the back. And Teoh just suggested you want it to look about a symmetrical is an actual plant would look, but also, you know, kind of fun. And that's why these plants are so pretty because they they have sort of a pattern, but not not completely bigger. So you just want to keep building this until, um, you have the size and the shape you want, and then we get toward the end. You kinda want to fill in these these blank edges here. So what I do is I take that farthest back piece. Do the copy command, see Hastert friend, command F and just turn it a little bit. Um, you don't really have to make it bigger. Yeah, I actually So, um yeah, so just suggested until you're happy with it. and then rubber band Select Command G. Well, now it's all one piece, and that's cool about this shape to spend Here is, um let's get this rose red color. Be that so if you have something group together, if you click on it clicks, it selects the whole image. So if you just want to select one of these little things in here, you just crazy. You just double click on it and that sends it into isolation mode. And you can see this bar pops up up here and it tells you how far into the group war. So if you double click it again, then it isolates just this one piece, and it tells you you just have the polygon selected out of this group, which is has several layers. So now I can just change this color to the rose color and double clicking outside of that, um, we'll get you out of isolation mode. So for the rest, that's right. Yeah, let's turn all of these other ones into this color. So that kind of looks a little rose. Like, um, you might wanna change the the edge is to be a little softer, like an actual rose. But if you made it brown, this would look like a pine cone from the top. So it really it's amazing. The just changing the colors or even just the edge color of things can make make a whole new shape. Um, yeah, So now we have all of our elements drawn on. It's time to assemble the bookcase. 8. Assembling the Bouquet: Okay, so now we are ready to gather bouquets together and create the final design. Um, So before you start on this, I want you to go to the project description, and you can download these fonts from the links that I provided. They are free funds. Um, so this one is called Autumn in November. Um, and then this one is quicksand on those air available for free and great. So first of all, we're gonna build our bouquets. So I have this original one over here. That so one thing I like to do what I'm doing, I'm building some kind of like a floral design like this is I get all my assets together and then just kind of play with them, put them in different, um, have them in a couple different sizes. And this one's a little bit smaller, but them in different formations, like flip them over, reflect them. However, so then you can just kind of pull from that palate, um, as needed, so you don't have to worry about adjusting each time. Okay, So from here, I'll just press option on my keyboard and just drag. Um, and that just makes a copy of it. So you have all of the different ones on Deacon. Use multiples if you like. So I'm just gonna kind of copy. Um, the design we have here just to start, and then I'll show you other ways that you can build on that. Another thing I like to do is to kind of just do one add one element at a time and then build on top of that. Um, and the reason I do that is because if you're adding all the different kinds of elements, um, it's move this out of the way. Um, if you're adding, you know, like this on top of that, and then you just you get to the end and you're kind of overwhelmed by how busy it is. Your you can't really just go back to a certain point and be like, OK, this is where this is where got out of hand. So it's easier if you just kind of do one element at a time until you're happy with it. Um, and this was actually pretty beautiful. This would be great for winter wedding. Um, and that's one way you can kind of come up with other designs that you would use. So I would say that and say, Oh, this is a cool bouquet for another design, Not necessarily this invitation. So let's get these added that there and, uh, side cool. And then bring that. Get these little pink branches in there. That right there? Um and this is such a fun the fun part of it. Um, you did all the hard work. He built all the different florals that you need, and then you just get to smack him together and, uh, play around with it. Um, so it's it's trapping. Yeah. Actually, this is a different design. Oh, yeah. Okay, so this one has a little bit more. Um, so let's just let's copy this one, and then I'll show you the other one. Um, yes, I get that over there. We have another a little one. Um, and obviously, like I said, I'm using the color palette that I introduced in earlier videos. But this is a great way to incorporate your wedding colors. Um, I like to think of the wedding invitation as, like, a sneak peek for guests of what the wedding's gonna look like. And what the reception will feel like. So this is really your weight of just, like, get a good feel of that too. Um, And if you see something you don't like, that's a good indication that you might not want I don't know this gray included in the, um, in the decorations for the centerpieces or something. So it is just like a good a good way to get a feel for what you actually like. Okay, so this is the essentially this layout that we have over here, Um, and it's pretty busy. So what I did was you saved this version group all that together, command G, and then I like to just make copies of everything, especially bouquets. Um, pixels are free, so just make copies, remove a couple of things. So this one doesn't have this little guide isn't of this branch. Um, it doesn't have this upside down branch of this little pink one. Um, yeah. So this one's a little a little simpler. I saved this one. So another thing you can do, um, since we're doing sort of like a frame over the text is to actually build, like, a little arc, so well, copy and direct this one down UN group it and then just a small ones. So bring us straight down in the street down just a little bit lower, and then we'll drag this one over. If you hold down, option and shift, it will copy it. And it will only let you move it to the left Inish or whichever direction you go, but only in a straight line. So we'll do the same with this so that it's symmetrical. And then if you select them all and they will go up here to our alignment, um, alignment tools and horizontal distribute center will just make them, um, equally spaced, which sometimes it doesn't work because the the center of your piece isn't actually looks like this looks like this center. So that's what kind of your eye thinks it should be distributed by. So you know, when you graph it until it looks right, that's what this is all about anyway. Okay, so we'll group that together. We'll bring that up here and now we have a great little are. But of course these elements are kind of floating off in space. So let's play with those a little bit. Um, get rid of this This guy. Um, And since it's more of an arc, we want the top to be kind of bursting with stuff and the bottom to be a little a little quieter. Um, So bring this middle, Make that a little bit smaller, maybe. And then there and then for a little symmetry, bring this over here. Just turned out a little bit inside four. Just a little bit more. I love this. I be like that there. Well, now I see. Okay, so now it seems like this red is all right in the middle. So they all move this over here, where you just removed that one. Um, get that in there. Oh, that looks good. Actually, that side. So this. Yeah. So this is the fun part. You just get to kind of play around with stuff, re sizing things. Um, often, if it's, like, seems a little too crazy re sizing it, making a little bit smaller, um, pushing stuff like moving stuff to the back of other things. Um, to make other things come to the forefront. That kind of stuff really helps a design so so under oath, this that d seem pretty separate. So let's just pull this over Well, it over a little bit better. Okay? Now we seem and obviously you can just do this all day long. Um, so I would just keep creating different ones until you find one Laker really excited about , and then we'll bring it all together with the text in the next video. 9. Assembling the Invitation: Okay, so now we're ready to put the whole design together and get this thing ready to print. So first thing, um, now that you've downloaded those bonds, let's get some text on our page. Um, I'm gonna do so. This is the This is the one we have. Oops. OK, just through X. Okay. So let's copy this one over here. And then I think for the 2nd 1 Will Dio, um, do you want with this? Are that we created? Um okay, so now we want to create some text boxes. So the shortcut on your keyboard is just t naive text. So you can either create a box or I just like to click. You could see a little Lord Gypsum, so it's already highlighted. So let's go ahead and turn this into quicksand. And we're just gonna do the quicksand regular. Um, what point should be fine. Okay, so here's another thing. So you get to decide what you want your invitations to say, So they can be something very simple. Like we're getting married. Join us on such and such date at such and such address. Um, the more formal ones, which is kind of what we're going to be doing. Have the wording down here together with their families, your names request your presence at the ceremony and celebration of their marriage date, time, place, dinner and dancing to follow. Okay, so let's just get all that typed out together with their families. Um, I'm actually a copy. This text box, you don't have to watch me type everything out. Ring that up here. Court. Okay, so one group this just so you can see that all of these air in separate text boxes Um, it's in the middle. So this font is Ottoman November, which I included the link to a swell. It's a 25 point font. Um, you can play around with it, see what you like. I like it bigger. So it's obvious whose wedding these people are being invited to, Um, your guests. So I just get everything placed. Um, this invitation is all centred, so we can river ban, select all of the text, including the flowers, and then go up to our path. Our that pathfinder, um, our alignment tool panel and choose horizontal aligns center. Not just drop small into place. Um, it's pretty good. Okay, So then I have this little guy dinner and dancing to follow. That's not necessary. But sometimes it's nice to tell people that there will be a reception. Um, so if you want to, let's get this one centered as well and we want it centered. This one's already centered with everything else. So it's just click bad again after we've Rubber Band selected it. And it's going to tell Illustrator to align this to this one. So this will stay put and a line dancing dinner and dancing to follow with it. Let's drop that down a little bit. Awesome looking good. So let's just group that all together. So now it's one. But you can kind of tell that it's not centered on this in this art board. So one of its a hack. But one way that I do it is I just create. I just hit em on my keyboard. I'm and I'm just gonna create, um, a rectangle. It's the size of the paper and, um, basically could just river band select all that. Select the paper so that everything aligns to it cool and then delete it. So now you know that this is all in, um, center together. So seem with this let's just, um, under fat and then move. Just select the text shift option. Look it over to the left. We're down. Weaken. Group that back together. Um, so now this one's a little bit higher. You can make it larger. You want, um, with smaller. It's a line that text and then bumped this up a little bit. So since we made this at as a little arc to kind of frame it, why don't we bring some down here, make it just a little bit smaller. And Samit can even dio um, yes, do that. So we'll have this right under there and then moves dinner and dancing to follow below it. Another thing you can dio it's assuming a little here is this down behind dinner and dancing to follow? Um, I think you can read it pretty well. The black shows up really well against that, but if you don't feel that way, you can change the A pass ity of that change is 70% So it's guaranteed that people be able to see it. Um, so that's kind of a cool way to incorporate the design. Ah, a couple places. It's just group all this together. That down a little bit? This like that? Down a little bit as well. Actually, let's center these each other there and some final alignment. Awesome. So now we have these two options. Um, one thing I really like to do is sleep on it. Uh, come back the next day. Look at it. Make any adjustments to the bouquet. They might want to see a little space here that I would want to fix. It's getting building over here, but it's kind of a blank. Nothing. That's right there. Um, so, yeah, you show it to your partner, Joe, to your maid of honor, your groomsmen, whoever and just get their opinion. Um, another thing is to show it to someone who is really good at grammar. Make sure that you don't have any typos. Make sure you aren't missing anything. Um, that you have that they're being invited to a wedding. That there is the date, the time, the place. Um, I laugh, but you would be surprised the things that you can forget when you're looking at something for a long time. So this is basically it. Um, if you want a background, um, like on the blue one, our guests on both, Um, it's basically you just draw a rectangle. And since it's a background, like I said, um, yeah, let's just pull it over here. Um, do you want it to extend to where the bleeds are? That's very important. So, yeah, so not just the black outline, but to the red. Okay, so let's let's just go all the way. Do you even blue as well. Um, so you have the blue. Obviously, you can't read that. Um, sure, it's aligned. Can't read the black. This is disappearing. Do you want to change that? The text under bit will just get the Graham all the text here, and we can change that too white. Oops. Did the? Well, we can do that, and then we'll flip it. Nope. I just outlined it, so Yep. Change all that two white working. Guess we can just collect some of it. What's happening? The area change all, Mr White. Awesome. It's legible. And since you have white, um, in your design, it looks good with it. I think that it kind of ties it all together. But you can also use one of the other colors. See how degree looks. Um, copy that color. Just do this part. Looks pretty cool to, um so that's a fun. You can kind of just go through here. That's right with the pink, um, and get all your different options and for things when I'm making changes like this. If these were riel decisions you were making if you really wanted to know if your partner wanted white or pink, um, I would just create different art words and then export those so I would have one with the paying one with the white one with this mixture when with the gray, That way they can look at it, um, all together and compare. All right, so that's that's your invitation. Eso in the next video, I'll go over, had a prep it for print. Um, I'll give you some links to printers that I know. Other people have used 10. Prep Your Files for Print: All right, so now we've slept on it. We've showed the store partner or mother. Mother in law, um, future mother in law August on, and our client and they're happy with it. Everybody says, Go ahead. So now we want to prep it for print. Um, and there are several steps to this. Um, so, first of all, we created these bleeds. And, um, you really only need bleeds if you're design goes up to the edge of the document, in which case you want the bleed. So you want that design to go to where the bleed is, So we're gonna use this background color. Then we would want that to be the case. If we had this design as that where it was going to get cut off, we would want to make sure that the design goes to the edge of the bleed. That's not the case here. So usually with these kinds of things, if you want a blue background, you would print this on blue paper. Um, and that's something you can talk to the printer about. I have, um, three printers that I know of that are really good that have been tested um, Vista print is usually is the cheapest option. They still have some pretty good paper options for very affordable prices. And they also print, uh, they also ship things out really quickly. Um, I've also heard really good things about move, which is just m o dot com. Um, and I recently heard about jukebox print, which I'll include all of these links in the class description. But they which a lot of them more like a boutique kind of online printers, will include the option to get, um, paper sample so they'll send you if you a few of their options, you can choose from those. Um, I know the one for jukebox does cost money, but if you end up ordering from them, the money you paid for the sample goes toward your, um, your final cost. So that's something to keep in mind for something like a wedding invitation. It's a little more important that you know what the paper's gonna be like. I was just gonna be, um, the the paper that gives the itinerary for the wedding. You know, you might be fine with printer paper, so that's just something to keep in mind. Okay, so bleeds. Um, if it does go up to the edge of your document, you want to include the bleedin that size. Um, so you're gonna send this illustrator file to the printer, and it's not guaranteed that they're gonna have these fonts. And even though they're free, it's not really part of their job to download the fonts and make sure everything's right. So we want to create these. Turn these into outlines, essentially in two images. But before we do that, we want to save the's as the fonts. Because if you come back to this design in a year or two and someone says I loved your invitations, I would love to have something very similar. You'll come back and they'll just be images, and you might not remember what the thought is. So I like to just very simple. Like I said, pixels are free. You're drop Lynn. Um, copy that. Keep that over here on your pace board. It just always have it there. Ok, so now we want to turn all these this text into outlines. Um, so we're gonna rubber band select, get rid of the images, was just ungroomed this for Now, if the text, that's all one. Okay, so now we want to go into type and create outlines. Now, you can see if you zoom in all of these little anchor points so these air essentially shapes. And when you do that, it groups everything together. So this is all one. Great. So now we're done. Um, with that one. And now let's do the same for this side object type straight out ones. Great. So now those air essentially, um, images. And because those are anchor points, um, you could technically change their shapes and alter how they look. Okay, so now that we've done that, our next step is going to be so we didn't use an out and external in image, but it in case you did, if used some kind of photograph or something, um, you would link that, um, in the the illustrator file and make sure that you include that image that's linked when you send it to the printer. Um, not applicable here, but just again, something keep in mind. Okay, so now we want to make sure that all of the the colors are seeing like a because they're going print um, if you send to the printer in RGB or something like that, they'll change it to see him like a. But it's just better to know on your end that it's been done. So we'll go to file document color mode. See in my K Awesome. You can even double chick. Yep, everything's seem like it. And now we want to create, um, another thing when I'm elected colors. So there's a There's something called Rich Black. Um, and it's not just 100% black, which this one looks rich. Black is 40% scion, 20% magenta, 35% yellow, 100%. Okay, so this is the way That's the color you should use, um, to be sure that it's the darkest possible black which nobody would probably notice. But that's to be safe. Okay, so now we have that enrich black. You know, let's get this ready to send to printer. So we want to export thes as an adobe. Pdf um, and like I said, Thies, background colors were really just to give us a sense of what they look like, um, against her certain types of paper. And so I have created a new one here without a background color, just to give us a sense of what this file will look like. Um, so this is our board number four. So we're just gonna export that. So when we're ready to go, go up to file, save a copy, and then pick whichever foolery want this in and then choose Adobe pdf in this little drop down So we want to use art boards. Um, and you can do a range so you can do all of the art boards that you've created, or we're just going to do this one. So it's name it letting invite wait consents the color of the or there's no background. So when you go to save it, it's gonna give you this little pop up and you want to go to marks and bleeds. So usually this isn't selected. But if you add, if you do select that, it'll choose all of these. And I don't include those that mark up in the file. So now we have a file that weaken send to our printer. Well, uh, so it has the file name here. Date. It was created, um, trim marks, colors, black and white's, um, so this is also something you can talk to your printer about, whether or not they need. All of these marks is usually websites. Will the website of the company that you're using? We'll tell you what you need. But this is just to give you a sense of what all those marks look like. Um, so once it's been proofread, everybody's approved it, save it as a PdF and send it off. Um, sometimes printers will ask for the illustrator file, in which case you will want to probably create a new one and just get rid of creating new illustrator file without all of these innovations and drawings so they don't get confused. And that's pretty much it. I'll include links to the different crooners, like I said and otherwise leave any questions in the class discussion. I'll be happy toe happy to answer. Thanks again for taking this class. I hope it was helpful