Halloween is now the second most commercially successful festival world-wide after Christmas. With over $3billion spent on costumes, over 1billion pumpkins sold and over 35million Halloween cards grossing $1million sales in the US, maybe it’s time for you to start producing your own?
Although I am about to show you how to create an invite for a Halloween Party, you can apply similar methods to create any poster, leaflet, invite or greetings card.
To create a great design easily and quickly you need some photo & graphics software like the all-in-one MAGIX Xara Photo & Graphic Designer. You can download a free trial version and we have also provided some Halloween clipart so you can create your own party invite by following these simple steps. Once downloaded you need to unzip the clipart by right clicking on the zip file and selecting ‘extract all’.
Upon opening the MAGIX Xara Photo & Graphic Designer, it will open a blank A4 page. I want my invite to be A5 so I go to File, then Page Options and within the Page Size tab I select the A5 from the drop down list.
Drag the black ‘diamond’ on the colour line at the bottom onto the page and it will turn black. Now drag in the Sky.jpg from the extracted zip file and position it in the top of the page, with even spacing around it.
Select the transparency tool, hold down the ctrl key and click drag from the bottom of the sky to the top - holding the ctrl key keeps the line vertical. The default transparency is linear
Now select the start of the transparency arrow (the bottom blob) and adjust the transparency slider in the top right to be about 25% which means that it will be 25% at the bottom and 100% transparent at the top so that the black of the page shows through. Exit the transparency tool and return to the top selector tool (arrow at the top of the tool bar)
Now for the spooky fun! First drag in the SpookyHouse.xar and align it at the bottom of the cloud image. Now drag in the Witch to the top corner. Now drag in the Halloween1 and Party1headings. I then reduced the size of my headings by dragging on the corner handles. Now add the Ghosts. Oohh, it’s looking good already!
TIP – These are vector graphics (.xar files) so they can all be customised. For example, if you wish to have only 2 ghosts instead of 3, select the object (3 ghosts) and then select the ctrl and ‘u’ keys to ungroup them, click somewhere off the group and then select the ghost that you want to remove and press the Delete key. To regroup the other two ghosts click one one and then shift-click on the other to select them, then press ctrl and ‘g’ keys to group them. If you want to change the colour of the graphic heading, simply drag one of the colours from the colour bar or select one from within the colour editor.
Now for the wording on the invite. Select the Text tool and click drag to create a width line across the page where you want your first line of text to go. Then type in your text, putting returns in where you want a new line. Now to format the text and you will see the controls at the top of the page, just like a normal wordprocessor. First select all the text and then click the ‘centre’ option. Now I select the first line and increase the size and change the colour. Simply drag one of the colours from the colour bar or select one from within the colour editor.
There you have it.. a fantastic invite created in a matter of minutes!
Now to export it – select File and Export then enter a file name and select pdf from the drop down list. When you then select Export you are given a selection of sizes depending on whether you want to print it or email it to your friends.
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