Using fonts and a bit of clip art, it only takes a few minutes to create an invitation that goes with your party theme, and features the birthday person's name.
- For an invitation with a solid colored background, other than black, use colored paper. Remember, the color of the ink may be offset somewhat by the color of the paper. Generally, lighter colors may not print well on darker paper. For these, and for invitations with a black background, you may do better to take your prepared image to a printing company. A photo printing shop may also be able to fill your needs. Check around for prices and options before designing your invitation if you will have a dark background. Of course, you can try printing them yourself. If you do, a dark background will take a lot of ink, and may make the paper or card stock fairly wet, and prone to warping. For this reason we recommend card stock over regular paper. It may also help to place a sheet of blank paper and a book over each invitation while it dries, to keep it as flat as possible.
- The art used in these images is from the Art Explosion 300,000 CD set, available in our Amazon shop. Remember when you use bitmap images (jpg, gif, tiff files) to use images that are large enough and in high enough resolution to print well. For a 4.25 x 5.5" invitation (a standard sheet of printer paper, folded in 4), that means about a 850x1100 pixel image, if it would fill the entire space, printed at 200ppi. Vector images, on the other hand, are scalable art, and can be enlarged without loss of quality. Vector formats include AI (Adobe Illustrator), CDR (CorelDRAW), WMF Windows Metafile, and others. For more information on bitmap and vector formats read Vector and Bitmap Images at About.com.