Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Discover Templates for Hybrid/Digital Invitations!

Barbeque Invitation

In PhotoShop Elements 5

by Beth Price, Creative Team Member

1. Choosing the layer photos
I started this invitation with a template from scrapgirls.com called ScrapSimple Card Templates: Remember Postcard.
  • This is a neat template because you can format your invitation to be a postcard.
  • It comes with the address template for the back of your card.
  • I’ll print this postcard on glossy card stock because if I use regular photo paper the back will have manufacturer information, and I want to print out the postcard address template.

Since I’m working on the computer, I decided to make my whole invitation digital. This will help my postcard look, since the card won’t be in an envelope when I mail them. I could print the components out individually and assemble them if I want a hand-made look, either way will work.

For my barbeque invitation, I had some fun photos of food from our last 4th of July celebration and thought I’d use those instead of digital paper. So I opened the photos and selected a small section of the photo that will enlarge well, without any open spaces along the border.

2. Using the Post Card Template
  • I create a new blank file, size 4x6, transparent background.
  • Next I opened the card template, including all the layers and then drag them in order onto the new file.
  • Follow the instructions that come with the templates if you need further direction.

  • I dragged the corn and berry photos over the top of the layers I wanted to use and expanded the photos until the photo completely filled the template.
  • Then on each photo, making sure the photo is selected in the photo palette, I hit CTRL G to merge with the previous layer, which causes the photo to conform to the template layer.
  • I can still move the photo around and play with the placement after it’s been merged.


  • I decide I will fill and texturize the bar across the card.
  • I select a green based on the color of the strawberry leaves. To do this, I click on the foreground color box, then use the eye dropper to choose a green in the strawberry picture.
  • Then use the fill bucket to color in the bar. Next I select FILTER>TEXTURE>TEXTURIZER

  • I play with the options, decide on canvas and play with the sliding scales until I find the amount of texture I like.
  • I can add a drop shadow right now too.

3. Details and Finishing

  • At this point, I see I need more separation between the corn and berry photos. So I decide to add a mat layer under the corn.
  • I drag the second template layer onto my card again, then place a kraft paper over that template and CTRL G to merge them.
  • I’ll need to decrease the size of the corn layer, I do this by dragging the top and bottom sides in a bit.

  • For the mat layer, I used a kraft paper I had in my digital stash.
  • After I add it I merge the layers so that I could play with the edges. CTRL click on the template and paper layers, and then right click to merge layers.

  • Now the layers are glued together, and I can go to EDIT>STROKE(outline) and add a darker brown edge, dissolved, at 50% opacity.

All that’s left is to add text (font is ColdCoffee) and the grommets.
I print 4x6 images, flip the paper and print the postcard template on the back. I cut them out, add a stamp, and I’m ready to invite lots of people to our summer cookout!

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