Who wants to pay for someone else to make your wedding invitations? (Or programs, or whatever.)
Use OpenOffice for your wedding invitations.
This of course prompts the objection, "But there aren't any templates in OpenOffice."
Well, there are some. But that's not important. Because there are also Microsoft Word wedding invitation templates out there. Just open them in Writer and you're good.
There aren't a lot of free wedding invitation templates out there but if you can find one, just use it. Also, here's my vague attempt at one. Right-click on the link and choose to save to your computer.
Here are some tips for making your own.
- Unless you're doing fancy really graphically oriented stuff, use Writer.
- Set the size of the invitation here. Format > Page, Page tab, and specify the width and height. Then specify the margins and click OK. You'll want .5 if you want the border lines in a bit from the edge, and 0 inches if you want a background design to go all the way to the border.
- Set borders here. Format > Page, Borders tab. Be sure to specify where you want the borders, i.e. which sides, then the style, then the color.
- - Set a background color or graphic here. Format > Page, Background tab. You'll need to click the Browse button to go find the graphic.
- If you want to make your own background graphic, you could create it in Draw. File > New > Drawing. Then Format > Area, Bitmaps tab, and choose a foreground and a background color. Click to make a design, then click Add and save it. This is just one of the ways to make a design.
Then draw a big rectangle at least as big as the invitation, select Bitmap as the type of fill in the toolbar at the top of the work area, and your bitmap as the fill. Also make the border Invisible.
- If you've got a full background in your Writer document, you'll need a Frame to put the words in. Choose Insert > Frame, and set options like the width and height, and the background color which could be white or a complementary color to the background or borders.
- Another way you can put a graphic in the background is just to insert it, then put it in the background. Choose Insert > Picture > From File. Navigate to the graphic file and select it. Then right-click on it and choose Wrap > In Background.
To lighten it, click on it and the Picture toolbar will appear. Use the Transparency field to lighten it, or use some of the other icons on the toolbar.