1. Open your InDesign application.
2. Open a new file (Cmd+N) or (Cntrl+N) in InDesign and select the Document option.
3. You will see a box pop up that says New Document. Keep everything as the default, but make sure the Intent is to print mode (CMYK) and not web mode (RGB). Click on the page size option and scroll down to the Custom Page Size at the bottom of the screen and click.
The Custom Page Size box will open and you will need to change the W and H to 5 inches and type Invitation into the Name slot. Click OK.
4. Your Document is now ready to layout! I want a simple border on my invitations, so I will select the rectangle button on the toolbox and click ONCE on the document page… This box will pop up and type in 4.5 on both W and H options. Click OK. Center the box using the purple guides on your document page. This is the border of your invitation.
5. I want this to have a very elegant design, so I want to find the right shade of blue (very popular right now). Open the Swatch menu on the right hand side of the screen and scroll down to the blue standard color swatch. I don’t want to use these standardized colors, so I will click on the CMYK triangles box (this is on the far right side beside the CMYK formulas). That will open the CMYK formula for that shade.
This box below is what you will see. Move the hands up and down the color bar to get the right shade you want for your invitations. Click OK when you get the right one.
6. This next part is up to you and your style. I went online (dafont.com) and found this really beautiful elegant script font.
**Make sure these are free to use. Most are, but sometimes they are on a trial basis. Check that out before you try to go to print.
It’s nice to find script fonts with swashes options, when working with formal lettering.
7. Type in your information for the invitation. Look up etiquette for wording invitations on:
(Martha knows best!)
Below I wanted a formal style, so I went with the good ole traditional invitation wording.
*Tip: Use british versions of spelling for formal events.
(ex: honor > honour)
Use larger lettering for Bride and Groom names. Also, center lettering.
8. Save the Invitation on your desktop or external hard drive (Cmd+Shift+S) or (Cntrl+Shift+S). To save a PDF or “flat” version, Export (Cmd+E) or (Cntrl+E) the file instead of Save As.
9. Contact local printers in your area and ask for fine papers to look over before printing on plain old card stock. neenahpaper.com is also a great place to get paper for printing. Recycled paper can have a great, earthy feel to it, if looked into. Good luck and have fun creating your dream invitations!