Our template invitations and greeting cards make it easy for you to get gorgeous, professional looking cards at a fraction of the cost of professionally printed ones and much quicker as well.
Most of our invitation templates come with 7-8 files that you can edit using an online photo editor like PicMonkey.com, a desktop editor like Gimp or Adobe Photoshop for both printing at home or sending to the professional printer. Which editor should I use? Check out the tutorial here.
Ready to start customizing your templates? Let’s go.
Step 1: Unzip Files and Install Fonts
If you haven’t unzipped your files or installed the fonts yet and need some help in those areas, check out the following two instructions:
Step 2: Select Which Files to Use
The templates come with lots of options based on which program you wish to use and how you want to print the final product.
- Printing at home: use the files with “2up” in the name (or “4-Up” depending on the invitation size) which contain multiple invitations laid out to make the most of the paper (i.e. less waste).
- Sending it to the pros: use the files which contain only one design (i.e. without “2up” or “4up” in the name).
- Using it as a digital file: use the files which contain only one design (i.e. without “2up” or “4up” in the name).
Narrowing down which file to use from here requires us to pick the file extension that is appropriate for your editing program of choice. The file extension is the last three letters on a filename. So on a file named “template.jpg” we would be interested in the “.jpg” part. It’s the yellow highlighted part on the image below:
If for some reason you aren’t seeing them, you are likely using Windows which hides file extensions by default, annoyingly. Making them visible is simple, please see this great tutorial by How to Geek: “How to Make Windows Show File Extensions”.
You will see four different file extensions at the most, depending on your product, which one to use depends on the editing program you want to use:
- Photoshop: You are looking for the TIF files. These are interchangeable with PSD in that they are layered. Find out more on the difference here.
- GIMP: The sames as Photoshop, grab the TIF files.
- Adobe Acrobat: You are looking for the PDF files. These are only for printing at home since it is difficult to control how fonts will display on other machines when it comes to dynamic form fields like these are built around. If you need to send a PDF to a professional printer or as an email invitation, edit one of the other files in one of the other programs then create the PDF from there.
- Online editing program (Canva, PicMonkey, etc.): You will want to use the JPG or PNG files
- Uploading directly to the printer’s website and customizing on their editors: You will want to use the JPG or PNG files, however you may find that you will have more control over the final design if you first complete it using an online editing program, as those mentioned above and uploading the final file to the printer last. Businesses usually focus on what they are good at, printers are good at printing, so their editing software is usually second thought while companies like Canva focus on building great editing tools.
Step 3: Editing the templates
Depending on which software you want to use, the directions for editing your templates are different. Please choose the program you will be using from the list below.
Using Adobe Acrobat
If your kit comes with PDF files, they likely will be for designs that do not contain customizable images. For directions on these, see “How to edit PDF files”
Using Online Editing Programs
For general directions on editing your document in an online editing program, like Canva, please see the directions in the “Customize your files” section here. For specifics on working with PNG files and photo templates, see “How to work with photo layers in Canva”.
- If your invitation is 4″ x 6″: You can download the safezones here, and use 6.25 x 4.25 in as your dimensions for the new document.
- If your invitation is 5″ x 7″: You can download the safezones here, and use 7.25 x 5.25 in as your dimensions for the new horizontal document or 5.25 x 7.25 in as your dimensions for the new vertical document.
The extra .25″ on the measurements will include room for the excess design the printer will need to cut off in order to ensure there will be no white spaces on the edges of the final product. They call this the “bleed”.
Please see “How to edit single photo invitation files in Photoshop,” “Editing multi-photo invitations and cards in Photoshop” or “How to edit 2up template files” for details on editing your TIF files.