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Creative process to personalize our wedding invitation

One of my most exciting thing about getting married? I get to design all the things! 😀 For those of you are curious, I’d like to show you some behind scene: my process of creating our wedding invitation.


Stage 1: Concept
This could be the most fun and creative stage! It may seems overwhelming and no where to start. But if broken down, it basically boils down to these two questions.
  • What is the story?
Lots of flowers? balloons? Starry night? City landscape? Or just fancy lettering to show the information?
This is also a great opportunity to make it personalize and special. For us, we did a quick brainstorms to write down all the things are special to us, which includes our foster pups, tea, drawing tools, camera etc.


  • How to present the story?
Here is to define the style and the tone. Is your story full of bright colors? Or pink and gold spiracles? Maybe classy and clean?
The best tool to work out this is Pinterest. I created a new board for this project and start browse online to collect all the images for inspiration. It could be about the color, composition, type font, texture treatment.


Stage 2: Sketching
After I collected all the idea and style I liked, it’s time to roll the sleeves and sketch them!
It’s a lot of fun to bring in all the elements together to tell the story. A good thing to keep in mind is the size of the final print. Because it does effect the composition.
Once the sketch is finalized, the next step is to ink it. Because the type of the line will greatly effect the style of the finial art work, it is important to choose the right tool to match the style. A brushed line adds more personality and a fix width pen is more clean and unified.


Stage 3: Digitize 
Next step is to digitize the art work so later it can be used in difference sizes.
I used this caner and set the resolution to 600dpi. The file size might be big but the quality is great and easy to work with.
Once it’s in the computer, I used Illustrator to live trace it. Also played with different color settings.


 Final stage: Adding details 
After I was happy with the color and tone, I moved the files to Photoshop to work on the details. Photoshop works great when it comes to texture and effects.
I felt like the art work was in a good shape but lacking a bit depth, so I also made a new layer and add some shades. After that I added in some texture to make it more analog. Annnnnnd, it’s done!

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