August 9, 2011 Author: Techniques
Hello! Time for another Keeping it Real technique for digital scrapbookers. This tip is specifically for our Adobe Photoshop friends, though Elements users can recreate the look with a few different steps.
Today I’m sharing a text technique I use when I want to add a piece of “fun” to a scrapbook page. The steps below highlight an alternative way to shape text blocks without using the paths panel. Let’s get to it!
The Real Steps
This fun technique adds a nice final touch to any digital scrapbook layout. I love little digital tips that keep it real – really fun! Until the next Keeping it Real tutorial – Happy Scrappin!
|1. To begin, select the Type tool and type a repeating phrase or quote in a text block.||
|2. Then select the Rectangular or Elliptical Marquee tool. Be sure your text layer is still targeted in the Layer’s Panel. Position your cursor over the text block and drag your mouse to create a selection. Note: You can also add or subtract to the selection using the Shift key or Alt key respectively.||
|3. Once satisfied with your selection, click the Add Vector Mask button at the bottom of the Layers Panel. The areas outside of the selection will be removed non-destructively. Cool isn’t it! Now you can change the text, font, or color at a moment’s notice as you develop your layout because of the layer mask.||
|4. Here’s my final layout. ||
Materials Paper by Gina Marie Huff • Photo Masks & Kit Elements by KStudio • Circle Stamp by Michelle Coleman