I'm about at the end of my rope. I'm trying to design and print my own invitations, map cards, etc, and am having a hell of a time. If anyone could give me some tips, it would be much appreciated.
Basically, what I want to do should be simple. I want to take an image and either apply it as a background to the text (i.e. writing on top of it), or simply add some clip art to the corner of the page. I have a few different ideas in mind, so I'm pretty flexible on this point. I also need to create some smaller cards with map images on them, and be able to add markers and text to the map (or just make the whole thing myself and paste it as an image). So what I would end up would be rectangles, consisting of combined images and text, in varying sizes.
I then need to arrange the page setup such that I can print several items on one page (the biggest object I'll have is 4.5" x 6."), without wasting paper. I can't seem to tell Word to do this - basically I need to Tetris the objects into various positions, as I have 8.5 x 14 paper, so there should be no reason I can't fill each page with a number of objects (to be cut after), leaving only small margins in between.
All of this seems like it should be simple, yet various issues keep cropping up. When I shrink the margins, it tells me the margins are too big, and outside the range of the paper. At one point it decided to "tile" the background image on me for no apparent reason. The formatting of the text gets messed up. And so on.
I've downloaded Adobe's 30-day free trial of Photoshop, figuring that would be the better tool, but I'm not finding it very intuitive. I guess I could look into some tutorials for that. I don't quite know what I'm looking for - either advice on how to use Word more effectively to do this, or confirmation that Photoshop will help, I guess. Thanks!