Friday, May 7, 2010

Fashionable Graduation Announcements

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My sister recently contacted me about making some graduation announcements for my niece, who is graduating from high school in just a couple weeks. When she sent me the pictures that had been taken, they reminded me so much of fashion photography. I knew that I wanted to use a simple magazine ad for clothing or a screen shot from a clothing company website as my inspiration. This opening screen from The Gap fit the bill perfectly.

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For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • A simple, sans serif font. You want to choose a font that comes in at least 2-3 different weights such as bold, medium, and thin. You want a simple, clean look that will not compete with your photos. I chose Quicksand, available at
  • 1 large main photo
  • 2 small accent photos
  • A simple color palette that coordinates with your photos. I chose a palette very similar to the inspiration piece; navy blue and white.
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Gather all of your ingredients. Feel free to make adjustments, according to your own tastes. Because this will be image heavy, I have chosen to design the announcement in Photoshop. You can use the program you feel most comfortable with.

My sister is planning to have these announcement printed as photo cards at Costco, using their special size of 6 x 7.5. So I open a document in Photoshop that is 7.5 inches wide and 6 inches high. Open all 3 of your photos and resize them to fit into the spaces you have designated. Draw a rectangular box to fill the bottom section of the announcement and fill with the color of your choice. I chose the navy blue from my color palette.
Type the name of the graduate, using your sans serif font in the large white space to the left. Next, type the supporting text, including the high school and the details of the graduation to fit in the bottom right box.

Here is my finished graduation announcement. Try making one for the grad in your life!

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  1. I love it :-) So much better than the typical high school announcement!

  2. Just new to your site via Design Mom. Love this. How clever to teach people to do their own. Nice!


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