Step 3: Some Assembly Required

  1. Open your envelope template using your image editing program and ensure that the resolution is set at 300 (if it isn't, you should change it or your inserts will end up looking blurry)
  2. Open each of your screenshots, cut the map portion out from it, and paste as a new layer onto the template (they will be much larger then your template - don't resize them until you have all of them added to the file to ensure that they will match up)
  3. Select all of the screenshot layers and shrink them down to about 25% of their original size
  4. Move them around and line them up to form a larger map of the area
  5. If needed, take additional screenshots of areas that you may have missed and add them to the map
This is an excellent idea! The ONLY thing I find flawed with this is that people tend to rip open the top of the envelope, rendering the map useless. Perhaps an extremely easy-to-open pull tab on the flap would solve that problem.
Awesome point! When I've done this in the past for holiday cards and moving announcements, I used a wax seal instead of wetting and sealing the envelope. At least in my experience, it seems that when people encounter a wax seal they tend to try to keep it intact, and thus don't rip the awesome map.
This is a fantastic project. There is a free piece of software which might help speed this stage up. It's called AutoStich <br>http://cvlab.epfl.ch/~brown/autostitch/autostitch.html <br><br>It is really simple to use, you load the photos you want to stitch together and it does it automatically. Its really usefull for creating panoramas and i imagine for this project too!! I'm definitly giving this a go.
Thanks! That's a good tip - personally I think putting them together is kind of fun, but this would for sure make it faster.
I love that this idea allows someone to enclose a map, which I find to be extremely helpful, but to do it in a way that doesn't take away from the main event, the invite =) Brilliant.
Thanks so much! I think that's a major benefit of it also.
I love it!<br>We did a google map with directions on the back and restaurant recommendations for out of towners, which had an unintended result of people giving us gift certificates to restaurants. While that was totally awesome, if I had to do it again is be really tempted to use this format!
That's also an awesome idea!
Great idea!
Nice job shesparticular!
Thanks sunshiine!
This is awesome. No more fielding ninety phone calls fifteen minutes after a party was supposed to start. This is brilliant.
Thanks! I think they'd also be super cute for moving notices.
wow, cool idea!
Thanks - that really means a lot!

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