Hello and thank you for purchasing your DIY Printable, Editable Wedding Program Template from Purveyor of Geekery! Let’s take at how to edit the files you received.
Step 1: Unzip Files
First and foremost, if you have opened this direction file directly from the zip file without unzipping the file first, please go back and do that now. Not doing so runs the risk of files acting wonky when you try to edit them. In your downloads folder, right click on the zip file and choose >Extract all. Then be sure to use the files from the new, unzipped folder that results from this process.
Step 2: Install Fonts
The file includes shortcuts to the open source fonts we used in the designs. We couldn’t include the font files in the folder due to licensing issues, so please visit the providers page directly for download. And as always: be sure to scan all files with a proper virus scanning software before opening. Once the file is downloaded and scanned, just click the file to open it, then click the “install” button.
Step 3: Edit
You will need either a compatible version of Photoshop (please see product listing for versions) to edit the Tiff files or an alternative photo editor edit the JPGs for free. We suggest you use PicMonkey.com to do so. It is web based, requires no downloads, super easy and best of all: free!
Step 3.A Editing Using Photoshop (.tif)
The Photoshop directions are relatively straight forward: 1. open file; 2. Edit; 3. Save; 4. Print. You can change the colors and positions of items as you see fit.
Step 3.B Editing Using Picmonkey.com (.jpg)
These editing directions will cover how to use PicMonkey.com to create your programs.
1. To begin, click PickMoneky.com to go to the site.
2. Choose “Edit” from the top navigation, then “Computer”. This will open a file browser.
Navigate to where your unzipped template files are, then pick the file that works best for your needs, whether you want to just add text and hearts (IN0038-WeddingProgram-RainbowChevron-US.jpg or IN0038-WeddingProgram-RainbowChevron-World.jpg), or if you want total control of the layout from banner colors to section sizes (IN0038-WeddingProgram-RainbowChevron-Blank.jpg). For the sake of the tutorial, we’re going to use the blank file to show you how to add everything.
3. To add banners, hearts, maps, dividers and any other visual elements to the program choose “overlays” (butterfly icon) from the left side menu.
Then choose “Your Own” and “My Computer” from the drop down.
Reposition the element on the page as you desire…using the circles at the corner to resize as needed.
Repeat the process for the other elements:
4. Adding text in Picmonkey is simple, in the left navigation menu choose the “text” option (Tt icon), then choose “Yours” from the top to load the fonts installed on your own computer.
Click the “Add Text” button to create a text block on your design. You’ll want to create a new block for each group of text you have (ex. titles, one column of text, etc.). Drag the text block into position, it’s okay if it doesn’t fit the area you need it to just yet. We will get to that point shortly.
Add the text you want and adjust the size, color, alignment, etc using the adjustment toolbox which usually pops up on the far right of your workspace. Use the round balls at the edges of the text box to resize the box itself. This is especially useful if using the center align function.
5. Save your design to your computer after you have gotten it to perfect. Choose “Save” from the top menu…
…on the save page: choose Sean if you are printing then “Save to my computer”. Save it somewhere you can find it and a name you can remember.
Step 4: Print
Each printer is special so it is hard to give exact directions. Print one copy on one side, then flip the page and print the second. You may want to open notepad, type the word “test” and print two test pages back to back to see how to properly position your paper. Print test on one page, flip the page over…hand write the word “top” at the edge of the page you feed back into the printer then print again. This will give you an idea of which way to position the page for the final prints.
You’ll want to use a card stock thickness for this. Once they are printed, line up a Metal Ruler on the crop marks (the two dots in the center of the design) and run a Hobby Knife or box cutter down the length (on a protected surface. Self Healing Mats are amazing)… or line it up under a Paper Guillotine and viola! Programs! Now get down that aisle!