FINAL EXAM using the senior images you captured last nine weeks. Use the best images. Your card will only look as good as your pictures.
Part I – Set Up
1. Open Adobe Photoshop.
Next step is to determine the direction and size of your graduation card.
Layout does NOT have to be square, below are the instructions:
- They’re are many designs. Click here to see the ones I have downloaded from Bayphoto.com
- To get the corresponding design go to Templates & Graphics > Photoshop Card Templates > Creative Edge
- Find the design, make sure to check the number, you’re needing from within the size folder.
2. Choose File > New
- Input the Width (in inches)
- Input the Height ( in inches)
- Resolution set to 300
- Color Mode – RGB Color 8 Bit
- Background Contents – White
Set guidelines for folds at this time.
4. Once the file is open choose File > Save as
5. Save this to your folder as Senior-Front
6. Again choose File > Save as
7. This time Save as Senior-Back
Part II – Designing
The following are items needed to complete the graduation design:
- Color and background is up to you.
- Minimum number of images to use is 2.
- Design must be front and back.
- Design may be folded.
- Use the students graduation information.
- Senior’s Name
- Senior’s graduation year
- Senior’s high school name
- Graduation place, town, state, date, and time
- Colors do NOT have be to be school related.
- ALL CAPS for overlay creations – Good.
- ALL CAPS for the entire card design – Bad. IT MEANS YOUR YELLING THE INVITATION.
- Remember to use both Tracking and Leading in the Character Palette.
- Vertical text is not a good look. Don’t use.
- You may download and use your own font design. Remember however the event information needs to be easily readable.
Save when finished.
Fonts Make a Difference
- 50% Images taken for senior card – Quality. Editing. Lighting. Creativity.
- 20% Sizing of card – Both sides same size.
- 20% Designing – Fonts, colors, quality based on example cards found online, overlays created, color schemes.
- 10% Turn-in – Printing, uploading, and saving to network resources.