Today, I want to show you how easy it can be to design an eye-catching wedding invitation (or any invitation for that matter) full of floral goodness using Photoshop and free resources that I’ve created for you. You can follow along and see what you come up with, or you can scroll to the bottom and download my result as a PSD template.
For this walk-through, you will need to have access to Jimmy Sans Regular (download here), Casual Line Script (download here), and the Branches, Twigs, and Leaves Volume 1 illustration pack (download here). If you arrived here from an email, then please revert back to said email and download the resources directly from there.
Let’s start by setting the stage. Create a new A5 document (dimensions = 21 x 14.8cm). Make sure that the Resolution is 300 Pixels/Inch (aka 300 DPI)
You can use whatever background color you like, but I’m going to use a soft cream color (#FDF8F5). Go ahead and fill the background layer with the Paint Bucket tool (hotkey ‘G’).
Open; ‘Horse Chestnut Flower.png’, ‘Leaf and Flower of the Dogwood.png’, ‘Foliage of the Huntingdon.png’ and the ‘Holly in Bud.png’ Illustrations from the ‘Branches, Twigs, and Leaves Vol.1’ Illustration pack. Copy and Paste them into your document then resize and rearrange (using the free transform tool – CTRL+T for Windows or CMD+T for Mac) them similar to how I have along the top of the image below.
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a) After pasting each of the illustrations to your canvas, you should have four individual layers that contain each of the illustrations. Go ahead and merge these four layers into one (CTRL/CMD + Select each layer then press CTRL/CMD + M to merge them into one). Once combined, right click the layer that contains all of the illustrations, select blending options and color overlay. In here you can choose the color that you would like the illustrations to be, I’ve used #C19595. When you’re happy, click OK and duplicate the layer (right click, duplicate layer).
b) With the duplicated layer selected, click CTRL + T (CMD + T for Mac). Right click on the canvas, click ‘Flip Horizontal‘, then click ‘Flip Vertical‘. Hit enter, and you should have something that looks a little like what we have below. When you’re happy, select the two layers that contain the illustrations (CTRL + Click / CMD + Click) and merge them into one (CTRL + M / CMD + M), just as we did before.
With the Illustrations layer selected, right click > duplicate. Then just as we did before, click CTRL + T (CMD + T) to activate the ‘Free Transform’ tool. Right-click on the canvas and select ‘Rotate 90° Clockwise’, hit enter. Right-click on the Illustrations copy layer, select ‘Blending Options’, select ‘Color Overlay’ and change the color from #C19595 to #000000 (Black) then click OK. Modify the opacity of this layer to 10%. Drag the layer below the original Illustration layer. You should have something that resembles what I have below.
Create a new layer (CTRL/CMD + SHIFT + N) just above the Illustrations copy layer (see layer panel below) and using the Rectangle Tool (U) create a white rectangle similar to how I have done below.
Use the white rectangle as your base for the type. Below I have used Jimmy Sans Regular and Casual Line Script. Feel free to download my result here.
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