In GBG eZine August 2011 issue we prepared a Photoshop tutorial called “How To Make a Wedding Invitation in Photoshop”
1. In Photoshop create a new file. Dimensions and the resolution of the file are: 5×4 inches at 300 dpi
2. Pick the color for, so called, “zero layer” (which will represent the background), in this case we made it #ddd3b5
3. The fastest way to color the layer is to select the color with the color picker and press Alt+Backspace to color the whole layer.
4. Now, hit F5 to get the Photoshop bruses window and select “Replace brushes” from the drop down menu. We are going to load the brushes we need for our wedding invitation.
5. Select the brushes of your choice, in this example I used Circled Hearts PREMIUM Photoshop brushes set
6. Now, we need to load another set for our wedding invitation. So, again, from the Photoshop brushes menu select “Load Brushes” option.
7. Second set I used in this example is Hearts (grunge) Photoshop brushes PREMIUM set
8. Now it’s time to play a bit. Select Circled Hearts Photoshop brushes from Valentine’s Hearts Clip Art and change “Shape Dynamics” as shown on the image above.
9. Now adjust the “Scattering” as we did in the image above, or adjust it to your taste.
10. Play a bit with the “Spacing” setting.
11. Now, it’s time to pick a color for out brushes. We wanted to make it bit lighter than the background of our wedding invitation. (#ede7d5)
12. And paint with the brush. Just drag the mouse around the image (make sure you have the brush tool selected/active, press “B” if you don’t)
13. Time to color our second brush pattern, we picked a color which is a bit darker than the background this time. (Make sure you have the Photoshop brush tool selected. Press “B” if you don’t.)
14. We recommend adding a new layer above the background at this point as it will be easier to manipulate it in case something goes wrong.
15. So, we used the same brush again, but this time we made it a bit smaller. Drag the “Size” slider to decrease the size of the brush.
16. Now, paint with the new brush settings across the background.
17. Time to add a new layer now.
18. Draw a rectangle selection using “Rectangular Marquee Tool”.
19. Select “Fill” option from the “Edit” menu item (Shortcut: Shift+F5)
20. In this case, we selected white color.
21. Now change the layer opacity to make the white rectangular transparent
22. And add “Drop shadow” effect under Layer Style (Double click on the layer name to get the Layer Style window.)
23. And this is what your image should look like
24. Let’s add new layer now.
25. And pick a color for a new brush shape, we selected #990000 red.
26. And, in this case we added some heart shapes from the Hearts (grunge) PREMIUM Photoshop brushes set
27. Finally we added our wordings using Pristina font (download it here) and voila! Our wedding invitation is finished!
I hope you liked the tutorial.
Tutorial PSD and PNG files are awailable for download here –>>
To create this wedding invitation we used:
Valentine’s 1 Photoshop brushes set
– 32 brushes in set
– 32 transparent PNG files
Valentine’s 2 Photoshop Brushes
– 21 brushes in set in two sizes
* 21 brush at 2000px
* 21 brush at 1000px
– 21 transparent PNG files
Bonus: Circled Hearts Photoshop brushes set
– 40 brushes in set in two sizes: 40 brushes up to 1653px and 40 brushes upt to 293px
Compatible with Mac (any OS) and PC
Compatible with Adobe Photoshop (7.0 up to CS5 for PC and Mac), Photoshop Elements (up to version 9), PaintShopPro, Paint.NET and pretty much any decent image editing application out there.
Commercial use OK!