These FREE invite templates are perfect for birthday parties, engagement gatherings, baby showers, and celebrations of any other kind. There are four versatile, easy-to-adapt styles to choose from, including deep, dark botanicals and light, tropical-inspired designs.
Scroll down to download your freebie and discover how-to tutorials for editing your templates in Adobe InDesign or creating quick online designs using Create.
What’s Included in Your FREE Summer Invitation Bundle
This FREE downloadable template bundle contains four unique template designs for both printable invitations and digital invitations for email or social media sharing.
Plus, you’ll find FREE font suggestions, helping you adapt your chosen invitation design with your own choice of text.
Each template is provided as an editable Adobe InDesign file for using in versions CC and older versions, too (CS4, CS5, and CS6).
If you’re not an InDesign user, don’t fret! You’ll find a quick tutorial for how to create your invitations using our FREE design tool, Create.
Preview the Summer Invitation Templates Freebie
Each template uses beautiful botanical photography to give your invitations a summery floral theme. Whether you’re planning a stylish evening affair or a fun-filled daytime gathering, there are dark or light designs to choose from, to help get your guests into the party spirit.
Each design uses suggested images from the Shutterstock library, with blend effects, layers, and background colors all set up for you in InDesign. All you need to do is open the template, replace the watermarked images with high-resolution versions, and download the suggested free fonts.
Below are demos of the printable designs that use photos taken from the Shutterstock library, each of which help to give the design a unique mood. Sized to a standard 5 x 7 inches, they’re easy to print at home, online, or at a local printshop.
These are also provided as editable InDesign files—scroll down to learn how to edit your digital invites in a few quick and simple steps.
Simply click the button below to download your freebie pack. Double-click the ZIP file to unpackage its contents.
Inside the ZIP file, you’ll find two folders. One contains templates for Print Invites, sized to 5 x 7 inches, and one holds templates for Digital Invites, sized to 1080 x 1080 pixels.
Each folder contains Adobe InDesign (INDD and IDML), plus preview JPEG and PDF versions.
By downloading this FREE pack, you agree not to resell or redistribute these assets.
How to Edit Your Invitation Templates Using Adobe InDesign
Before you begin, make sure you’ve downloaded the relevant fonts and images to use on your template. A list of links for these are provided with your download.
Install the fonts onto your computer and save the images to a folder you can easily locate.
After unzipping the ZIP file in your download, open one of the INDD (for InDesign CC) or IDML (for older versions of InDesign) files in either the Print or Digital folder.
Here, we’ve opened the INDD file in InDesign inside the Print Invitation folder.
All four designs are contained in the same document. Scroll down to the page you’d like to use for your invitation.
First, go to Window > Layers to view the layers in your document. The top layer contains information about the images and fonts you can use in your design. This is visible on the pasteboard—simply hit W to reveal it to the left side of the design.
You can edit the text of your invite by clicking on the YOUR TEXT HERE layer in the Layers panel.
Adjust the formatting of the text from the Character panel (Window > Type & Tables > Character).
Your templates contain low-resolution watermarked images. To replace these with the high-resolution versions, go to the YOUR IMAGES HERE layer.
Select one of the image frames, and go to the Links panel (Window > Links). You’ll see that there are two or more versions of each image. There is an arrow next to the link’s name allowing you to view all instances of that image.
Right-click on the source link at the top of the sequence in the Links panel, and click on Relink All Instances of… at the top of the menu that opens.
Navigate to the high-resolution, non-watermarked version of the image and click Open. All instances of the image will update.
All the image frames have blend and gradient effects applied to them to help them merge into the background. You can adjust the settings for these by going to Object > Effects > Transparency, or Object > Effects > Gradient Feather.
You can adjust the color of the square in front and the background by clicking on the elements in the relevant layers, and using the Swatches panel (Window > Color > Swatches) to choose or create different colors.
When you’ve finished working on your invitation, you can export it as a printable PDF or, if you’re working on a digital invitation design, as a JPEG image.
Go to File > Export, name your file, and choose JPEG (for digital invites) or Adobe PDF (print) for printable invites. Click Save.
For printable PDFs, in the window that opens, choose Press Quality from the Adobe PDF Preset menu at the top.
Under the Pages section, check Range, then type in the page number you want to export (e.g. 2).
Click on Marks and Bleeds in the left-hand menu of the Export window. If you’re sending your invitation for professional printing, make sure to check Use Document Bleed Settings, which will include a bleed on your PDF.
You may also want to check All Printer’s Marks—check if your chosen printer would prefer to have these included.
Then click Export. Your invitation is ready for printing—great job!
How to Create an Invitation Using Shutterstock Create
If you don’t have access to InDesign to edit your downloadable templates, don’t fret! It’s super easy to create an invitation design using Create.
In Create, search (CTRL or Command + F) “Instagram” or scroll to find the Instagram Post (1080 x 1080 px) option. Click to open.
Click on the background layer, then select Change color. If you’re creating a dark invitation, choose a black or near-black color.
For light invitations opt for white.
Click on the Shapes icon in the left-hand toolbar. Click on the square shape and scale this so it fills about one third of the canvas in the center.
Change the color of the shape to either a slightly darker or slightly lighter color, for contrast.
To add text to your design, click on the Text icon in the left-hand toolbar. Choose Add text, then type in your introductory text.
From the top toolbar, click the icon with the underlined “T” and arrow. If you hover over it, it’ll say Text Spacing. Adjust the Letter spacing as you like.
From the top control panel, choose Inconsolata for the Font (or another font of your choice), and set the font size from the top toolbar.
For the main event title, set the Font to EB Garamond, size 60, and a white font color.
Click on the intro text, then right-click > Duplicate layer. Drag below the main title. Adjust the text to read the time and date of the event.
Right-click > Duplicate layer again, editing the text to read the location.
The flower image below came from the Shutterstock library. We searched “Flower black background.” Note that you’ll have to license the image before use. Once you do, you can edit in Create or click Images > Upload within the tool to find your file.
Right-Click > Move to back to send the image behind the small square.
Simply click Remove bkgnd and poof! Watch your design come to life in a whole new way.
Back in the Effects options, you can also adjust the color of the image using the Tint option. Here, I’ve opted toward a blue hue.
Now, find the Boost effect to enhance the color into an electric blue.
To duplicate the image, right-click > Duplicate image, then drag to the opposite corner of the design. To rotate the image, simply drag the tall blue circle clockwise. Right-click > Move to back.
Use the Images options and use the stock photo option to type in a keyword. If not, you can always use the Shutterstock library and click Images > Upload to insert the file onto the canvas.
Click to insert and position over the top-right corner. Right-Click > Move to back.
In the Effects options, Remove bkgnd again.
Under Effects, you can experiment with different styles to see what will suit your invitation design. Here, I’ve applied the Dusk effect to desaturate the green in the image, but feel free to find whatever else suits you best.
Right-click > Duplicate layer, drag to the bottom-left corner, rotate, and done! Well, almost.
Lastly, right-click > Move to back.
With your invitation finished, you can click Download on the top-right corner, select your preferred file type, then Download again. Share the design over email, your website, or uploading to Instagram.
Awesome work! Before the final design, we made a few more edits for a vintage look. Check it out!
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