Photo invitations are a great way of spreading the word about an upcoming event like a birthday party or celebration. Photos are durable, attractive and easy to package into an envelope. Most professional printing outfits offer photos as an option. However, you can easily create photo invitations yourself and save a lot.
What you need:
- Photo editing software
- Photo paper
- Recordable CD
- Photos, backgrounds, borders
Create an image. The first thing you need to do is to open a blank image on your favorite image editing software. Popular examples are Adobe Photoshop, although you can also use the basic image editing software that comes with your computer. For a free, easy to use alternative, you can use Paint.NET, which can be downloaded from getpaint.net. If you’re using Linux, you can also use The GIMP.
Make an image sized 6 inches by 4 inches. This is equivalent to a standard 4R photograph. Look for a an appropriate image, and paste this into your new image. Depending on your preference, this image can cover the entire area, or it can fit vertically in one side (left or right) of the photo.
Add borders and embellishments. If you’re adding your photo on one side of the image, then you can add a decorative border in between. Or, you can add a border that spans around the entire image itself.
Add text. Using your photo editing software’s text tool, insert a few lines of text at the blank space beside the image. You will need to include the event, time, venue, and a contact information where guests can RSVP.
Print the photo. When all details are finalized, save your image for future reference. You will then have to print it out using photo paper. Insert photo paper into your printer’s paper feeder (you will have to adjust the feeder tray’s plastic guides so that the photo paper lines up). Click on File, then Print. Choose the settings best-suited for photo printing, such as High quality. Most printer drivers will also let you select “photo paper” in the media of choice.
Alternatively, you can get the photo printed at the photo shop. If you don’t have a printer at home, you can have the image printed at the photo shop. Simply burn the image into a recordable CD or save it into a memory card. You can then instruct the staff at the photo shop to print several copies of your image. This will usually cost you about 50 cents apiece or even less.
If you’d rather not go to the photo shop, you can order prints from online services like Kodak Gallery or Shutterfly. Print orders usually arrive in a few days, so it will be a good idea to order these a couple of weeks ahead of your planned event.
When printing photos, you usually have a choice of matte or glossy photos. This will depend on your preference. Glossy photos usually have crisper images, although a mate photo will have better texture, and might be better for use as invitations. You can hand these to invitees as is, or you can insert them in 4x6 envelopes and send them through the post. You can even email the image to friends from faraway places, if you think email is quicker.