Our Template Invitations make it easy for you to get gorgeous, professional looking invitations at a fraction of the cost of professionally printed invites 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.
Looking for the tutorials on how to edit basic Invitations without Photographs like our Wedding, Birthday or Event Invites? Try here!
Ready to start customizing your templates? Let’s go.
Step 1: Unzip Files and Install Fonts
We use .zip files to keep all the template files in one place and to compress them as small as possible to cut down on download times for you. Mac and PCs shouldn’t have a problem unzipping the files without any special programs, however if you are trying to open the files on a tablet, you will need to download an app to help with that. iZip is great for iOS tablets like iPads and AndroZip for you Android users. Tablet users will want to use their favorite photo editing app to add text to their jpgs, just be sure that they save at a high, printable (300d pi) resolution.
Video Tutorial: How to Unzip Your Files and Install Fonts
Step 2: Edit Files
If you intend to send your invitations out to be printed by a professional printer (either online or local) you’ll want to use the files with the single designs. If you are printing at home, use the files marked “2-UP” or “4-Up” depending on the invitation size. These contain multiple invitations laid out to make the most of the paper (i.e. no wasted space) also known as the “mechanicals” in the pro world. If you are going the professional printing route, just stick with the single design files, the printer will take care of creating that part when they go to print your invites. Confused about which is which? It’s explained in more detail in the videos below.
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 then click it to see more.
Step 3: Print!
Print at Home
Pick your favorite stock and go to town! The front is easy, once you get those printed it is time to print the back using the “2-up-BACK.jpg” files.
Each printer varies but make sure “print to fit” isn’t checked when printing BOTH your front and back files or they will end up printing smaller than the stated final size.
There may be an icon on the printer itself displaying which direction to feed your papers through (face up? face down? top first? bottom first? It’s usually the paper feed tray).
If not you may want to run a test sheet through first to determine which direction to feed your final files through to print the backs on straight. It will save you ink, paper, time and headaches in the long run.
- Open a word processor or notepad,
- Type “test.”
- Now grab a sheet of cheap, plain printer paper and handwrite the write the word “TOP” on it…guess where?
- Put this in face up (“Top” towards the ceiling) with the word going into the machine first, just as you wrote it.
- Print the “test” page you typed up earlier and use the alignment to determine how to feed the documents through to get the fronts and backs to line up.