Make A Party Invitation in 20 Minutes

Posted on November 5th, 2011 by Jean

Friday morning I was given the assignment by my soon-to-be 9 year old to create birthday party invitations for her to hand out THAT MORNING. No, I hadn’t planned ahead. She’ll have a handful of girlfriends over next Saturday, and I intend to just phone their parents. But, none the less, I was up to the challenge.
 
Step 1: Visit Dreamstime. This is my go-to source for graphics.
 
Step 2: Search for party invitations. You’ll find a wide variety, from “free” to “you’ve got to be kidding me”!
 
Step 3: Buy a few credits and download your favorite image. I found this cute invitation for 3 credits (approx. $3.75).
 
Step 4: Edit in Photoshop. See notes below. When editing is done, choose Layers, Flatten Image to merge all layers into one.
 

 
Step 5: Save & Print. I created a new, blank Photoshop page, 11×8.5 landscape orientation, and dragged (with my pointer tool) the invitation to it twice. Two invitations fit on one page. I used brochure paper (heavy stock with a nice finish).
 
Step 6: Cut. Remove the white border, and cut out the 2 invitations. Repeat as necessary.
 
For an in-depth tutorial on adding text, view my post Photoshop Tips V: Add Text to Photos.
 
• Do you have a go-to source for graphics?
• Store-bought or home-made invitations?

FaceBook Fan Pages

Posted on July 31st, 2010 by Jean

• Do you have a FaceBook Fan Page?
• Do you have any tips for making the most out of a fan page?
• What are some of your favorite pages?
 
Some of my favorite pages are:

TommyBahama NeimanMarcus ChelseaHandler RuPaul MonkeyWitch Wanderlust

 


 

 
A FaceBook Fan Page allows you to update and interact with “fans” while keeping your personal profile private.
 
CREATE
When you are ready to create a Fan Page, visit FaceBook’s Create A Page.
 

 
Complete the fields.
 
PICTURE
Your Fan Page picture can safely be 200 pixels wide by 600 pixels long.
 
THUMBNAIL
Once uploaded, set your thumbnail pic by selecting the pencil icon on the upper right corner of your main page photo.
 


 
OPTIONAL STEP:
Fan Pages can have a landing page. A landing page is the first page visitors see.
 
To insert jpgs and/or links on your landing page, you will need to install Static FBML. This FB application allows html to work on your page(s).
 
From your main fan page, choose, “Edit Page”. Scroll down to, “More Applications”, and click, “Choose More”. Search the Apps for Static FBML. Here is the direct link: Static FBML. Click, “Add To Page”.
 
Your fan page will now have a new tab titled, “FMBL+”. From your main fan page, again select, “Edit Page”. Static FBML will now have it’s own place under Apps.
 

 
Choose, “edit” to rename the tab and insert your html.
 
I named my tab, “Welcome”, and created a landing page jpg that is 757 pixels x 522 pixels. I chose not to link it to my website so I would not redirect potential fans as soon as they had found my page. (Effective Aug. 24, 2010: The maximum width of your Fan Page welcome graphic is 520 pixels. It can be wider, but portions of your graphic will be cut off by advertising in the sidebar.)
 
As an added note, when I hosted my landing page jpg at Photobucket, the html did not work, and my image was a broken link. After much frustration, I uploaded the jpg to my wordpress site (under Media), and the link did work.
 


 
WALL SETTINGS
Return once again to the main page of your fan page, and select, “Edit Page”. Time to edit your wall settings. Here you can choose your landing page, and select whether fans can post videos, photos or links.
 

 
PROMOTE
Now you are ready to promote your fan page. From your main fan page, you can share the link to your personal profile, or suggest to friends.
 
Create your Fan Page Badge to display on your website. From your main page/edit page, “Promote With FaceBook” badge is in the right column. Insert the html on your website.
 
UPDATES
Use the Networked Blogs app. to automatically post links to your latest blog.
 
URL
Once you have 25 fans, you can change the url of your page to something more personalized. Find that setting here; scroll to the bottom, and Set A User Name for your pages.

iMovie Basics

Posted on July 2nd, 2010 by Jean

iLifeTurning your photos into movies is easy with iMovie, part of the iLife software package. I’ve heard the PC software equivalent to iMovie is Sony Vegas.
 
Here is a step-by-step instructional video I put together. I’m looking forward to seeing your projects! Let me know if you have additional questions.
 


 
• iLife, available at Apple Store, retails for $79.00.
• iPhone iMovie app, downloadable through iTunes, is available for $4.99.
• Sony Vegas, available at Sony Creative Software, priced at $44.95 and up.

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