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Invitations in Photoshop

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Document Set Up: Save The Date Card

Khara Plicanic

Invitations in Photoshop

Khara Plicanic

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Lesson Info

2. Document Set Up: Save The Date Card

Lesson Info

Document Set Up: Save The Date Card

So, we're gonna go ahead and get started. I'm gonna hide this guide layer, and we're gonna start making this save-the-date design. We're gonna start working with just type. We're sort of gonna take this through a progression. Maybe you're being asked to design a save-the-date for someone, and they don't have any photos. Then what are you gonna do? We're gonna design a design that just has type. And then we'll add a graphic to it. We'll kind of play with the type and see what different ways we can treat the type to get different looks. Then we'll go ahead and add a graphic to it, and then we're go ahead and try it with a photo. So you can see what your options are, depending on what you have to work with, 'cause often times people wanna use their own photo, of course, in a save-the-date. They may or may not have a photo, or they may not have good photos, or, you know, what do you do if you don't have a good photo of someone? Hopefully this will give you some ideas. We're gonna go ahead ...

and get started with just a simply type layer. I thought we'd put the couple's name. We'll, I guess, we'll do that first. That's easy. I'm just gonna grab the Type tool down here, and instead of clicking and dragging to make a box, I'm just going to click once, like this to just put my cursor in place. I'm going to choose a font that I know will work well, something like Magnel. I like this font. It's dressy but not too, too swirly or anything like that. I'll go ahead and just set this to black for now by clicking up in this box. Normally, I would say don't worry about your type, or your color or your size until you get some text out on the page, but I saw that this happened to be set to a Dingbat font, and I just didn't want to mess with it. (laughs) Now we're set to actually type something not ending bats. Let's type out our fictitious couple, and we'll call them Lex plus, or should we say and I guess, Luke? I don't know. Whatever their names are, I'm just gonna call them Lex & Luke. All right, so we'll put that out. And now, I'm gonna say, we're gonna say Lex & Luke, I guess, are... So once you click like this, you can go ahead and type your text. And then once you're happy with it, and you're done typing and you're ready to move on, you have to set that type. Before you move on, and you've got your cursor flashing at you, you need to commit your type. You can do that by coming up to your Options bar, and pressing this check mark right here. That'll set your type, or you can press Command or Control + Enter on your keyboard. And that will just get you out of the type box, so you can go back to your work, and you don't have to worry that you're messing up your type.

Class Description

Learn to create invitations for all the important events in your life. Invitations are keepsakes, and by creating your own it’s sure to be memorable. In this class you’ll learn to design event invitations using photoshop as the primary software tool. 

This class covers:

  • Determining the look and feel of an invitation (based on the party/event) 
  • Working with type and image in Photoshop 
  • Sourcing assets for your invitations (Creative Market, etc.) 
  • Basic invitation layout, what information to include in the text 
  • Establishing hierarchy - using design to bring attention to important information 
  • Getting things printed: on demand services, etc 
Once you have the skills to make your own party invitations, you can create custom designs for any events! You won’t have to spend hours searching for the perfect invitation and you’ll be able to create something special and unique.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5.1



Khara is a brilliant instructor and I learned so much to improve my business. I'm running wild in photoshop with the tools and approaches that I gained from this amazing course! Thank you!

April S.

I have a Photoshop Bootcamp that encompasses a few weeks of learning but I just haven't had the time and focus to sit down and go through it even though I know there is a ton of useful stuff for me in it. One thing I have wanted to do for awhile is to design cards using some of my photography and graphics/lettering. Khara's Invitations in Photoshop class goes right to the heart of what I needed to know in PS for this specific kind of project. I am not a complete newbie to PS but seeing her use various functionality in this context hit home for me. I'm glad I picked up this course and look forward to working on some of my own cards. Khara's is well-prepared and direct, she speaks well, is clear, gets right to the things you really need to know. In my opinion, she's a very good instructor for the Creative Live teaching format.


Khara packs a lot of info into this 2 hour class. She has the right balance of being friendly and conversational yet stays focused and on- topic. She shows several ways of doing actions or accomplishing a task. What I like the most is how she sometimes backs up and reviews what buttons she pressed or actions she just did. Even if you have been doing PS a while, you might learn some new shortcuts or new ways of doing a task. I could have written 4 or 5 pages of notes easily on tips. Sometimes she is a little fast and I couldn't see what exactly she did, but if you buy the class it would be great to pause and rewind a section several times. I would put her up there with Dave Cross as one of my favorite PS instructors who pack in info and won't put you to sleep.