In this lesson, I am going to show you “How to Create an Invitation 5x7 Card”.
The first thing you should do is open Photoshop, To create a new file for the card we will click “File” on the top menu and then “New”
We will see an "New Document" panel pop-up.
So this is going to be where you can create new document,
To print 5x7 inch card, this is what you are going to do:
- Go to Print
- Remember to set measure to inches
- Width 5.25 and
- Height 7.25
- Set the resolution 300
- Color Mode CMYK
We have set width and high .25 above our requirement, it is is called a bleed area so this is giving you little bit of extra space so that your design or words are not getting cut-off when printed so that just gives you little bit of buffer.
You probably would have heard the term High-Res / Low-Res , and the "We can’t print this its low resolution... bla bla bla.." phrase So basically what that means is that the image has low the DPI ( dots per inch ) or PPI ( pixels per inch ). Now for print the standard amount for DPI or PPI is 300. So if it is set at 300 that is awesome.
For web use the standard is 72 ppi because any image that is uploaded to websites can’t show too much information; when you have higher resolution like 300ppi it is just a bigger file without any benefit. For web you don’t need it to be such a big file it will reduce the performance of the site and only make it slower.
Since we want something printable so we will set it at 300.
The color mode its set in RGB color this is for screen again. If you keep it in RGB color it is going to show you on screen pretty well how it is going to look, but for printing we need to set to CMYK.
I am just going to leave the background white. Similarly the default settings for “Color Profile” and “Pixel Aspect Ratio” are fine.
Now just hit “Create” button at the bottom.
This opens a new document in a new tab.
(I have different tabs open so I can show the invitation that I already did for my friend Erin. I will show you how I did it.)
Now click and drag the new tab (untitled-1) to the top until you see this blue line come up then drop it here
( or simply go to “Windows” in the top menu then select “Arrange” and then “Consolidate All to tabs”)
so that Now we have an empty card artboard (5.25x7.25 card) with tools on display.
Next thing we will do is setup our layers.
You can come to windows > Layer or simply click this icon of layer on the right-side of screen.
Once you start to work with Photoshop you start to learn icons. For a new user it is a little hard to know which button you are supposed to click
So now we want to create our layers, that is really important of part working in Photoshop because you can have different elements in layer on top of each other to create what you want without losing any part of the actual image.
Now first layer is going to be the background that is a locked layer; I would just leave that as is, there is no reason to really mess with that unless you are starting from a photograph but for our purpose today we will just leave that as is.
Now we are going to create layer 1 and we can do this by clicking on this little icon at the bottom.
Now let’s have a look at Erin's design as you can see there are a bunch of different layers.
We can show or hide layers by eye icon of the layers, if we hide all layers we can see the white page which is our background.
You should name layers something recognizable because you are going to end-up with a lot of different layers, as you can see I left some of layers as Layer 9, Layer 11 ... but some I named so you can easily spot your layer on the layers panel; You can rename a Layer by double-clicking and typing-in anything.
Right there is where you can toggle Off & On the visibility so "eye-ball" kind of represents you are seeing it, and when you click it off you do not see it anymore, this is an easy way to work with these layers.
You are going to see a lot of different options on Layers Panel,
For example you like design in layer where it is and you want to work with other elements but you don't want it to move you can click the LOCK button and then the lock icon is going to show-up on the layer . Now you will not be able to move the layers because it is locked, when you click-it-off you can move it around again.
So that’s pretty much the way you setup your layers panel and that concludes our first lesson.