Last week, I introduced you to the Horizontal Type Tool Mask, an underused tool that creates type-shaped selections. With it, we learned how to quickly stroke a selection of text. Today I’ll share another quick and really fun technique using the same tool.
Paper Cut Outs
The Horizontal Type Tool Mask can cut out paper in the shape of the font selected. To do so, first open your paper in the Editor.
Then select the Horizontal Type Tool Mask. Next, choose your font and size, then type your words over the paper’s layer.
Commit to the type by selecting the check box. A Selection Marquee of “marching ants” will appear.
Next, switch to the Move tool, click and drag the pointer inside the selection (the marching ants). Your text has been “cut out” of the paper.
Combine Cut Outs with Strokes
That was super easy but I’m really excited about the look. From here, you can create a new digital scrapbook page with the cut out as your title. You can even combine the cut out with stroked text of the same lettering.
For my example, I created my cut out text and then followed that with stroked text on a new layer. But this time, after creating the selection, I expanded the marching ants by going to Select > Modify > Expand and specified 20 pixels. This increased the selection area and created a divide between my cut out and stroked text.
The Final Look
You’ll take the chance to play with the tool and create a project using the technique right? If you do, share a link to your work below in the comments. I can’t wait to see how you “keep it real!”
Until the next Keeping it Real tutorial – Happy Scrappin!
Materials “Kiss that Frog” patterned paper by Britt-ish Designs • Impact font