Graduations are exciting, and sending out graduation announcements and invitations to family and friends is a wonderful way to share news of this accomplishment, stay in touch, and provide a memento all in the same effort. Instead of using mass produced, low quality correspondence to share your news, consider creating one of a kind, high quality cards that feature personalized messages, custom color schemes and themes, and family photographs from your computer. Once you have decided to create unique graduation announcements and invitations, you then start entering information, selecting color schemes, and choosing the right photographs. There are many themes that can help provide structure and continuity to your announcements and invitations. They can be humorous, chronological, informative, serious, team or club related, or something entirely different. Whichever theme you select, there are basic rules of thumb that help you select the proper image styles for the most effective results. Photo Basics For Graduation AnnouncementsGraduation announcements are used to tell family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and everyone else about your accomplishment. They traditionally contain the name of the grad, the school, the degree being awarded, and the date. As with any photo greeting card, the quality and content of the photos can make a big difference in the result. Pictures with busy, cluttered backgrounds should be avoided. They detract from the focal point and make it difficult for the viewer. Ideally, the subject is centered in the middle of the image with diffused lighting that does not create odd looking shadows or distortions. If creating your own photos, it is a good idea to avoid using high speed film as it can create a grainy image when printed. Aside from the picture quality and composition, the content of the photos used will look even better if they are arranged in a cohesive theme.Academic Themes For Graduation Invitations & AnnouncementsUnlike announcements, which can be sent out to everyone you know, there are only two groups that receive invitations: those invited to the actual ceremony, and those invited to the party. Academic themes work well for either correspondence, and they can incorporate the school's colors, team, mascot, or logo. Academic themed photographs may include pictures from school sporting events, actual school pictures, photos with school friends, and other school activities. Academic motifs such as diplomas, lockers, pom-poms, pencil and paper, and books can also be added, either in print or as confetti added to the envelope before mailing.Create A Chronological CollageMany graduates enjoy creating a chronological collage of their academic career. Starting with photos from kindergarten, then elementary school, and on through to the institution of learning conferring the degree, grads can build these photos into a display that is both humorous and entertaining, while creating a memento that will be treasured for years by family and friends. Again, photographs that are clear, simple, and of high quality will create the best photo announcements and invitations.Take One For The TeamSports and clubs often play a major role in school experiences. Friends are met and made, abilities developed, and challenges overcome. Students learn a lot about themselves through sports and club affiliations and photographs from these experiences can tell a lot about what has been accomplished. Sports motifs and insignia can join pictures from sporting events to create sports related graduation announcements. In the same way, other club affiliations can be used to create a cohesive theme: chess club, drama club, band or orchestra, chorus, debate team, or book club. Pictures of the grad involved with their organization of choice can provide a unifying theme that makes the invitations and announcements look more professional while being unique to the grad.Seasonal CyclesAnother option for photographic themes are the seasons. Most graduations occur in June, so a summer motif can be used to unify the graduation invitations and announcements. Picnics, firecrackers, carnivals, parades, they can all provide the unifying theme that will frame the photos of your choice to create memorable photo cards that recipients will enjoy long after the ceremony and the party are over. Those graduating at different times of the year can also take advantage of the unique motifs of each season.Other Photo Styles To ConsiderThe goal of using photographs in your graduation announcements and graduation invitations is to personalize them, to create a theme, and to offer a customized card unlike any other. The possibilities are limitless. Grads can use carnival style photo strips, a passport theme if the ceremony will be followed by a trip or further education overseas, or anything else that makes it unique to the grad.Creating memorable graduation announcements and graduation invitations simply requires selecting an experienced company that provides the structure needed to ensure that every step of the creation process is completed to your satisfaction. Selecting photographs that are clear, simple, and of high quality goes a long way to creating correspondence they will still be talking about at the 10-year reunion.