Creating Halloween Invitations on Your Computer
By Chris Kullstroem
Now is the perfect time to make your Halloween plans for the upcoming season, and to get those invitations ready for mailing. Many haunted attractions, Halloween parties, shows, and more already have their tickets on sale for September and October, and sending out invitations now allows everyone to take any time off work, book hotel rooms, and buy tickets well in advance.
This year, forget about those invitation packages you can pick up at any store, and make something of your own design right on your computer. You can create these by using programs like Microsoft Word, Paintworks, Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop using your own Halloween pictures and images. Three fun and easy types of Halloween invitations you can make are note cards, folded cards and flyers.
To start, choose a picture that you've taken yourself and have saved on the computer. Use a photo from a Halloween event, of the family trick-or-treating, or one of your house all decorated for the holiday. You can also choose a picture you've found online at a Halloween website –just make sure you're allowed to use it, and that it's not copyrighted.
To make your card, open your picture in Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro or another designing program. Set the image to be a 5x7 document so that it is the actual size of the card you'll be printing. Insert a text box, and make it cover the entire picture. Type in your message in the text box, inviting friends to your Halloween adventure. You can also download different fonts to match the look of your card.
Using a design program, follow the same steps as for making flat note cards
to specially design your pictures, only make separate images for the front
of the card, one or two for the inside, and one for the back cover if you wish.
Save the images in a jpeg format, and insert them onto a regular Word document.
Print out the pages from a color printer, then cut them out and paste them
onto blank cards of any color. You can write descriptions of the attractions
on or around the images, as well as times and ticket prices.
Creating these types of invitations doesn’t require any special software like Paint or Photoshop, and you’ll have everything you need right in your own home!
Personal Halloween invitations are lots of fun to make and are great for your parties and get-togethers. You can become the designer of your own haunted happenings while you make your plans for celebrating the upcoming season.
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