Cut It Out! A Creative Title Trick

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I'm always on the lookout for ideas for my next Digi Scrap Tutorial.
And I'm often asked where some of my ideas come from.

Well, as long as you promise not to tell anyone my "ancient Chinese secret," I'll reveal my source for this particular tip.

Ok, lean in real close so I can whisper....

It's from a Better Homes magazine ad for the Discover Card! Ha Ha.
Who would have thought those annoying credit card ads would come in handy??
Turns out those Discover people are pretty creative!

In this tutorial I hope to help you discover a little creative titling.

Tutorial:

For Adobe Photoshop Version click here.

Step One: Create a New Document

  • Create a new document (File > New > Blank File) for the start of your scrapbook page. My document is 12x12 inches at 300ppi.
  • Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to the default of black and white.

  • Get the Move tool.
  • In the Options Bar, uncheck Auto-Select Layer and check Show Bounding Box.

Step Two: Add a Background Paper

  • Open a background paper (File > Open). I am using paper5 from Amanda Taylor's kit, Me Personally.
  • Holding down the Shift key, click on the paper and drag it onto your scrapbook page.

Step Three: Add a Photo

  • Open a photo (File > Open). I choose a photo that would work well cropped as a circle.
  • Click on the photo and drag it onto your scrapbook page.

Step Four: Add a Large Title

  • Get the Horizontal Type tool.
  • In the Options Bar, choose a print style font in a large size. I choose Gill Sans Regular at 375pts.

  • Click on your scrapbook page, type out your title, and click the check mark in the Options Bar to commit the changes.
  • If you need to change the size of the font, adjust it in the Options Bar.
  • If you need to reposition the font, hold down the Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd key), click inside the Bounding Box, and move around.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Simplify Layer.

Step Five: Create a Selection Outline

  • Get the Magic Wand tool.
  • In the Options Bar, click on the Add to Selection icon, Tolerance should be 10, check Contiguous, and uncheck Sample All Layers.

  • On the scrapbook page, click directly on the letter that will be replaced with your photo to get a selection outline around it.
  • Then click inside the areas of the letter that were not selected.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Select > Modify > Expand.
  • In the dialog box, enter 1px and click OK.

Step Six: Remove the Letter and Paper

  • In the Layers panel, make sure the title layer is the active layer.
  • Press the Backspace key (Mac: Delete key) to remove the letter.
    The letter you had selected should have disappeared.

  • In the Layers panel, activate the background paper layer.
  • Press the Backspace key (Mac: Delete key) to remove the selected portion of the paper.
    Note: You will not see anything happen if your photo is covering up the hole.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to Deselect.

Step Seven: Move the Photo Behind and Resize

  • In the Layers panel, click on the photo layer to activate it.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Arrange > Send Backward.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • Click on a corner handle of the Bounding Box and resize your photo to fit nicely inside the hole you created.
  • Click inside the Bounding Box and reposition the photo. Click on the check mark to commit the changes.
    Note: Make sure the Bounding Box stays outside the boundaries of the hole you created.

Step Eight: Add a Layer Style

  • In the Layers panel, click on the background paper layer to activate it.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Layer Style > Style Settings.
  • In the dialog box, put a check next to Drop Shadow, change the Size to 50px, and click OK.

Alternate method to get to the Style Settings

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Window > Effects.
  • In the Effects panel, click on the Layer Styles icon, click on the drop down menu, and choose Drop Shadows.
  • Double click on the Low drop shadow icon.
  • In the Layers panel, double click on the fx icon in the shape layer to bring up the Styles dialog box.

And here is my my scrapbook page after finishing up that last step and adding more type and embellishments.
I hope to see what you create too! Come and post it in the Digi Scrap Tutorial gallery alongside mine.

BTW… This is my son, Carter. This lover boy and I spend a lot of time together now that big brother and big sister are off doing the college thing!

Credits:
Digi Scrap Tutorial, Cut It Out! by Jen White
Layout & Photo by Jen White
Paper & Embellishments by Amanda Taylor, Me Personally
Fonts: Myriad Pro, HaloHandletter, Gill Sans
Software: Photoshop Elements 10

Download a PDF version of this "Cut It Out! A Creative Title Trick" 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 One: Create a New Document

  • Create a new document (File > New) for the start of your scrapbook page. My document is 12x12 inches at 300ppi.
  • Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to the default of black and white.

  • Get the Move tool.
  • In the Options Bar, uncheck Auto-Select and check Show Transform Controls.

Step Two: Add a Background Paper

  • Open a background paper (File > Open). I am using paper5 from Amanda Taylor's kit, Me Personally.
  • Holding down the Shift key, click on the paper and drag it onto your scrapbook page.

Step Three: Add a Photo

  • Open a photo (File > Open). I choose a photo that would work well cropped as a circle.
  • Click on the photo and drag it onto your scrapbook page.

Step Four: Add a Large Title

  • Get the Horizontal Type tool.
  • In the Options Bar, choose a print style font in a large size. I choose Gill Sans Regular at 375pts.

  • Click on your scrapbook page, type out your title, and click the check mark in the Options Bar to commit the changes.
  • If you need to change the size of the font, adjust it in the Options Bar.
  • If you need to reposition the font, hold down the Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd key), click inside the Bounding Box, and move around.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Rasterize > Type.

Step Five: Create a Selection Outline

  • Get the Magic Wand tool.
  • In the Options Bar, click on the Add to Selection icon, Tolerance should be 10, check Contiguous, and uncheck Sample All Layers.

  • On the scrapbook page, click directly on the letter that will be replaced with your photo to get a selection outline around it.
  • Then click inside the areas of the letter that were not selected.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Select > Modify > Expand.
  • In the dialog box, enter 1px and click OK.

Step Six: Remove the Letter and Paper

  • In the Layers panel, make sure the title layer is the active layer.
  • Press the Backspace key (Mac: Delete key) to remove the letter.
    The letter you had selected should have disappeared.

  • In the Layers panel, activate the background paper layer.
  • Press the Backspace key (Mac: Delete key) to remove the selected portion of the paper.
    Note: You will not see anything happen if your photo is covering up the hole.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to Deselect.

Step Seven: Move the Photo Behind and Resize

  • In the Layers panel, click on the photo layer to activate it.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Arrange > Send Backward.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • Click on a corner handle of the Bounding Box, hold down the Shift key, and resize your photo to fit nicely inside the hole you created.
  • Click inside the Bounding Box and reposition the photo. Click on the check mark in the Options Bar to commit the changes.
    Note: Make sure the Bounding Box stays outside the boundaries of the hole you created.

Step Eight: Add a Layer Style

  • In the Layers panel, click on the background paper layer to activate it.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow.
  • In the dialog box, change the Size to 50px and click OK.

And here is my my scrapbook page after finishing up that last step and adding more type and embellishments.
I hope to see what you create too! Come and post it in the Digi Scrap Tutorial gallery alongside mine.

BTW... This is my son, Carter. This lover boy and I spend a lot of time together now that big brother and big sister are off doing the college thing!

Credits:
Digi Scrap Tutorial, Cut It Out! by Jen White
Layout & Photo by Jen White
Paper & Embellishments by Amanda Taylor, Me Personally
Fonts: Myriad Pro, HaloHandletter, Gill Sans
Software: Photoshop CS5

Download a PDF version of this "Cut It Out! A Creative Title Trick" 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.

11 Responses

  1. ouisiekelly
    | Reply

    Jen this is a great tip! Awesome!
    I love your layout also. Thanks a lot.
    Ouisie

  2. Janine
    | Reply

    Jen – you are so creative and you never run out of amazing ideas. Thank you for this tip. Your page is perfect – the blue and yellow colors, the journaling and of course the title. Everything balances so well. Our grandson loves legos and I hope you don’t mind if I use your idea to scrapbook a page for him.

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Thanks for your kind words, Janine! Scraplifting is always welcome. I’d consider it an honor. 🙂

  3. Betsy
    | Reply

    I love your tutorials. You give us such great ideas and the knowledge to create them ourselves. Thank you!

  4. Julie
    | Reply

    Love this tip – I’m going to try it today!! I wonder how you made the dotted frame around his picture – it really sets it off!

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Hi Julie. The dotted circle is from the the kit I used. But look for a tutorial coming up on how to make these! 🙂

  5. Kathy
    | Reply

    So simple and yet so cute! Thanks or sharing!

  6. Candy Girl
    | Reply

    I love your tip and layout! How did you get the little black dots on the layout? Thanks

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Thank you! The black dots are part of the kit I used. But look for a tutorial coming up real soon that shows you how to make them yourself! 🙂

  7. Rebecca Hemming
    | Reply

    I love this style of layout! What font did you use for the word ‘life’? Thanks so much.

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Hi Rebecca. Thanks for your kind words. 😀
      The fonts I used are: Myriad Pro, HaloHandletter, and Gill Sans.

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