A Touching Title Track

with No Comments

The title element of a scrapbook page can make or break it.

With a simple change of Photoshop Elements options, you can go from merely elegant to elaborate in just a matter of seconds — but getting off the straight and narrow path sometimes requires a bit of outside inspiration.

Come take a trip with me to inspiration station as I squish the letters of a title together and skid them across the page.

It may be just what you need to put a little giddy-up in your title.

 

Tutorial:This complete Digi Scrap Tutorial is available to our Digital Scrapper Premier Members. If you’re a member, please take a moment to log in, then just come back here and refresh this page.
Not a Premier Member? Find out more information here.

For Adobe Photoshop Version click here.

Step 1: Prepare Your Document

  • Open (File > Open) a scrapbook page.
  • Choose Edit > Preferences > Type (Mac: Photoshop Elements > Preferences > Type).
  • In the dialog box, place a check mark next to Show Asian Text Options. Click OK.

Step 2: Type Your Title

  • Get the Type tool.
  • In the Options Bar, choose a chunky font, a large size and a color. I used Impact at 59 pts in color #fbc765.

  • Click on your scrapbook page and type out a title.
  • In the Options Bar, click on the green check mark to confirm the type.
  • Press the Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd key) to click on the title and move it into place.

Step 3: Adjust The “Tracking”

Adobe Photoshop Elements does not come packaged with Tracking adjustment options. There is a sweet little work around, however.

  • In the Options Bar of the Type tool, click on the Asian Text Options icon to open it. See image in Step 2.

  • At the bottom of the dialog box will be a drop down menu to choose a Tsume percentage.
  • The greater the percentage, the tighter the compression between characters. They will never overlap.
  • Different Fonts will give a wide variety of effects with the Tsume percentage set to 100%. The idea here is to find a font that allows the edges of the characters to connect.
  • Some good choices (in my font list): Century Gothic Bold, Britannic Bold, Bauhaus 93, Arial Bold, Consolas Bold, Franklin Gothic Bold, Gills Sans Ultra Bold (this list could go on forever!)
  • Italic fonts will not be a good choice for this effect.

Step 4: Make A Selection

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Simplify Layer.
  • Get the Rectangular Marquee tool.
  • In the Options Bar, click on the New Selection icon. Feather should be 0 and Style should be Normal.

  • Zoom into the first letter of the title.
  • Click on the document and drag a selection around the beginning of the first letter as shown in the image below.
  • Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to copy the selected portion of the title to a new layer.

Step 5: Drag A Selection

  • Zoom out so you can see the entire width of the document.
  • Press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get the Transform options.

  • Click on the left-middle Bounding Box handle and drag to the left until the color stretches past the edge of the document.

  • Double click inside the bounding box to commit the changes.

Step 6: Merge

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Merge Down.
  • (Optional) In the Layers panel, reduce the Opacity of the merged title layer to around 75%.

Here is my finished scrapbook page that features this technique. I hope to see your Touching Title Track creations in the Tip of the Week Gallery at Scrappers Guide.

Credits:
Tip: A Touching Title Track by Jen White
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0
Scrapbook Page & Photo: Jen White
Kit: Escape To Nature by Eva Kipler
Fonts: Eras Bold ITC, Eras Medium ITC

Download a PDF version of this “A Touching Title Track” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

Step 1: Open Your Page

  • Open (File > Open) a scrapbook page.

Step 2: Type A Title

  • Get the Type tool.
  • In the Options Bar, choose a chunky font, a large size and a color. I used Eras Bold ITC at 59 pts in color #fbc765.

  • Click on your scrapbook page and type out a title.

Step 3: Adjust The Tracking

  • In the Options Bar of the Type tool, click on the Character panel icon to toggle it open. (See the first image in Step 2.)

  • Click and drag the Tracking slider icon (to the left of the Tracking field) to the left until the letters of your title are touching. I set mine for -140.

Step 4: Make A Selection

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Rasterize > Type.
  • Get the Rectangular Marquee tool.
  • In the Options Bar, click on the New Selection icon. Feather should be 0 and Style should be Normal.

  • Zoom in to the first letter of the title.
  • Click on the document and drag a selection around the beginning of the letter.
  • Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to copy the selected portion of the title to a new layer.

Step 5: Drag A Selection

  • Zoom out so you can see the entire width of the document.
  • Press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get the Transform options.

  • Click on the left-middle Bounding Box handle and drag to the left until the color stretches past the edge of the document.

  • Double click inside the bounding box to commit the changes.

Step 6: Merge

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Merge Down.
  • (Optional) In the Layers panel, reduce the Opacity of the merged title layer to around 75%.

Here is my finished scrapbook page that features this technique. I hope to see your Touching Title Track creations in the Tip of the Week Gallery at Scrappers Guide.

Credits:
Tip: A Touching Title Track by Jen White
Software: Photoshop CS5
Scrapbook Page & Photo: Jen White
Kit: Escape To Nature by Eva Kipler
Fonts: Eras Bold ITC, Eras Medium ITC

Download a PDF version of this “A Touching Title Track” tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.