March 5, 2009

Text on a path

Im so happy that Jenn suggested digi scrapping as our blog topic the other day.
I have not digi scrapped for ages so it gave me a good excuse to have a little play. The best part of digi scrapping, for me, is that I can do a page on my laptop whilst watching TV. No glue, no mess - just one screen dotted with pretty-pretties to pick and chose at my leisure. And if I am truthful, I do acquire most of my digi supplies from freebie websites or failing that, make my own!
To demonstrate the next tutorial I made this layout below. I wanted to be playful and add a circular journal text style to match the mood of the layout. In Photoshop this is relatively easy but as I am not an Elements user, I cannot give you the tutorial for this - perhaps someone out there can offer a tutorial for us? In the meantime, download this quick tutorial (word document) from here if you are a Photoshop user to give you a clear idea of how to use this nifty trick.

You can also use this principal to make shaped text on your paper 8.5x11 layouts too. Simply mark out where you want your shaped text on your desktop page, print out on a piece of printer paper (to test) before you potentially ruin a good sheet of Bazzill and work your layout around that text.

I think the more we can come to rely on hybrid techniques, the more challenging (even interesting) our projects will become.

10 comments:

Houston said...

Darn I have Elements shall have to wait for someone to decipher the code, but in the meantime I love this layout, the splashes of blue are fab and I love that little bit of doodly-ness!

Anonymous said...

love your layout Kirsty.. the text and frame look great. - hera

Kimberly said...

Heck fire, I do not have a photoshop program. I guess I will be stuck in the "prntable mode!" I am loving it so far though...

Lacey said...

I am not able to open the dowload for some reason. It jsut keeps saying that the file (works)cannot open. the file may be used by another app, file format may not be supported y any of the installed converters or file may be corrupted.

Kirsty Wiseman said...

Lacey, its a word document but am happy to make it a PDF of you like

Elisa said...

Kirsty, I don't think it's possible to get text in a path in Elements. I can show how to do in Paint Shop Pro, if anybody is interested.

Kirsty Wiseman said...

please do Elisa xx

Amelie said...

unfortunately you need to have Photoshop CS...or more? to do the text path thing. Photoshop7 just doesn't cut it :(
x

Digi Free said...

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Anonymous said...

I did find a tutorial somewhere on how to make text on a circle in PS Elements. Type the text you want, then find the Warp Text function (can't remember which menu it's under, offhand). Choose to warp it to a half circle. Then on a NEW layer, type the rest of the text you want and warp it the OTHER direction, then pull the two layers of half-circle text together to make a circle. I tried it and it worked beautifully!