Interrupted Title - A Title Within a Title

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A title can make or break a scrapbook page.

And when cleverly crafted, some titles hit a home run.

This particular little gem has been sitting in my 'thinking box' for a long while.

It's cute. It's classy.

It's worth a little interruption in your daily routine.

Check it out ...

Tutorial:

For Adobe Photoshop Version click here.

Step One: Prepare Your Document

  • Create a new document (File > New > Blank File) the size of a scrapbook page at 300ppi with a white background.
  • Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to the default of black and white.

Step Two: Type Out the Main Title

  • Get the Type tool.
  • In the Options Bar, choose a tall, large font. Not all fonts will look nice for this technique, but if you follow the instructions that I give you, you can change easily the font later. (The font I'm using here is Old Printing Press at 124pts. It is a free commercial font readily available on the web.)
  • Click on the document and type out the main word of your title.
  • Click on the check mark in the Options Bar to commit the changes.

Step Three: Create an Interruption Selection

  • Get the Rectangular Marquee tool. It is with the other selection tools.
  • In the Options Bar, click on the New Selection icon and enter 3px for Feather.
  • Click on the document and drag a slim rectangle through the center of the title you created in Step Two. Make sure the rectangle extends well beyond the ends of the title.
    Note: To reposition the rectangle while dragging, press the Space Bar.

Step Four: Interrupt the Title

  • In the Layers panel, make sure the title layer is the active layer.
  • Holding down the Alt key (Mac: Opt key), click on the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.
    Your title and Layers panel should now resemble the image below.

Note: If your version of Photoshop Elements doesn’t have a layer mask, here’s a link where you can download a layer mask you can install, along with a video and written instructions on how to install it.

Step Five: Add a Secondary Title

  • In the Layers panel, click on the Create a New Layer icon.
  • Get the Type tool.
  • In the Options Bar, choose a short, small font. I chose the font Orator Std at 27pts.
  • Holding down the Shift key, click on the empty space and type the rest of the title.
    Note: To reposition the font before committing the changes, press and hold the Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd key).
  • Click on the check mark in the Options Bar to commit the changes.

Step Six: Adjust the Secondary Title (optional)

It always looks really nice if the two parts of the title are the same length, but that can prove a little tricky. If you just need a little more or less length or a little more or less height, try this technique:

  • Make sure the secondary title layer is active in the Layers panel.
  • Get the Type tool.
  • Click on a handle of the Bounding Box to get the Transform options. If you do not see a Bounding Box, press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T).
  • In the Options Bar, uncheck Constrain Proportions.
  • Drag the handles of the Bounding Box slightly to transform the secondary title.
    Note: If you do too much transforming without the proportions constrained, your secondary title will end up looking... just plain weird!
  • Click on the green check mark to commit the changes.

Step Seven: Change the Font of Either Title (optional)

Since the type in the title has not been simplified (converted to editable pixels), you can still change the font family of either the main title or the secondary title. To do this:

  • In the Layers panel, activate the layer of type that you'd like to change.
  • Get the Type tool.
  • In the Options Bar, change the Font Family.

Credits:
Digi Scrap Tutorial: Interrupted Title by Jen White
Font: Old Printing Press, Orator Std
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0

Download a PDF version of this "Interrupted Title" 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: Prepare Your Document

  • Create a new document (File > New) the size of a scrapbook page at 300ppi with a white background.
  • Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to the default of black and white.

Step Two: Type Out the Main Title

  • Get the Type tool.
  • In the Options Bar, choose a tall, large font. Not all fonts will look nice for this technique, but if you follow the instructions that I give you, you can change easily the font later. (The font I'm using here is Old Printing Press at 124pts. It is a free commercial font readily available on the web.)
  • Click on the document and type out the main word of your title.
  • Click on the check mark in the Options Bar to commit the changes.

Step Three: Create an Interruption Selection

  • Get the Rectangular Marquee tool. It is with the other selection tools.
  • In the Options Bar, click on the New Selection icon and enter 3px for Feather.
  • Click on the document and drag a slim rectangle through the center of the title you created in Step Two. Make sure the rectangle extends well beyond the ends of the title.
    Note: To reposition the rectangle while dragging, press the Space Bar.

Step Four: Interrupt the Title

  • In the Layers panel, make sure the title layer is the active layer.
  • Holding down the Alt key (Mac: Opt key), click on the Add Vector Mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.
    Your title and Layers panel should now resemble the image below.

Step Five: Add a Secondary Title

  • In the Layers panel, click on the Create a New Layer icon.
  • Get the Type tool.
  • In the Options Bar, choose a short, small font. I chose the font Orator Std at 27pts.
  • Holding down the Shift key, click on the empty space and type the rest of the title.
    Note: To reposition the font before committing the changes, press and hold the Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd key).
  • Click on the check mark in the Options Bar to commit the changes.

Step Six: Adjust the Secondary Title (optional)

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Window > Character to open the Character panel.
  • In the Character panel, adjust the Size, Tracking, and Horizontal and Vertical Scale sliders to make your secondary title fit within the space provided.

Step Seven: Change the Font of Either Title (optional)

Since the type in the title has not been rasterized (converted to editable pixels), you can still change the font family of either the main title or the secondary title. To do this:

  • In the Layers panel, activate the layer of type that you'd like to change.
  • Get the Type tool.
  • In the Options Bar, change the Font Family.

Credits:
Digi Scrap Tutorial: Interrupted Title by Jen White
Font: Old Printing Press, Orator Std
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5

Download a PDF version of this "Interrupted Title" 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.

43 Responses

  1. Ginny Carter
    | Reply

    What a neat idea! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Karee
      | Reply

      Your tutorials are so helpful. You get me to try new things with success! Thank you.

  2. Janet Hays
    | Reply

    This is a GREAT lesson! Thanks so much for it, and thanks for the eye-opener about observing the world around us. You have a unique way, Jen, of imparting guidance, and I love it!

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Wow, thanks Janet! You’re so sweet! πŸ™‚

  3. Marianne H.
    | Reply

    Thank you so much, AGAIN. This is just a great new trick to add to my bag and I have a plan to use it already. I just love your tutorials. They are so well done and so useful.

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Thanks, Marianne! I appreciate your comments. πŸ™‚

  4. Vivian
    | Reply

    I’ve just started on this tutorial, but have to stop and take the time to say, I believe this is my favorite tutorial of all time. Just beautiful.

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Wow, ‘favorite tutorial of all time’? I feel honored! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the kind words.

  5. Annette
    | Reply

    I love all the tricks and tips you post. I always give them a try. Thank You

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Thanks for your kind words, Annette! πŸ™‚

  6. Chickie
    | Reply

    I LOVE this! Can’t wait to try it out. This is one of those that I will be using for sure. I am always amazed at your easy and helpful tutorials. Thanks so much.

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      You’re welcome, Casey! πŸ™‚

  7. Cheri Franz
    | Reply

    I love this ‘look’. And since I never figured out how to use the layer mask I came up with a simple way to get the same ‘look’.
    I’ve always simply created a layer on top of my title text; switched my color to white and painted a line through the middle of the title (using a brush that is set at about 90% hardness); then, on a third layer I type my secondary text using the same technique that you used.
    Since they’re all separate layers, they’re easily adjusted for size etc.
    Now I’ll have to try this technique and dream up ideas for other ways to use it.
    Thanks!
    Ps – I love your bathtub story. You are a gifted writer/story teller!!!

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Thanks, Cheri. I always appreciate your comments! Hope to see some of your creations in the galleries! πŸ™‚

  8. Dar at Phoenix, AZ
    | Reply

    Wow thhis is a great one cann’t wait to do it! thanks so much for sharing with use.

  9. 4grand
    | Reply

    Great tutorial – it will be fun to try with different fonts. Thanks for sharing this and making it so easy to understand. πŸ™‚

  10. ginnie
    | Reply

    thanks! I’ve tried different ways to do this… love it!

    And thanks Cherri Franz too… I’m going to try that one too.

  11. paddy
    | Reply

    I love your tutorials. I re-read them often, I love trying new things and your instructions are so easy to follow. Thanks for sharing your expertise!!!

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Thanks Paddy! πŸ™‚

  12. Maureen
    | Reply

    Jen – I love your tutorials. This one is great, I hope to use it during the My Story class!!

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Thanks for your kind words, Maureen! Look forward to seeing it on one of your pages! πŸ™‚

  13. Anne
    | Reply

    Love this idea! Thank you.

  14. Diana
    | Reply

    Thanks for the great tutorials. I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us each week! I love this technique!! Thanks so much for giving us your expertise through these tutorials.

  15. Peggy
    | Reply

    Thanks Jen. I am anxious to try this. I always look forward to your tutorials, they are always easy to follow and add so much to my pages. Thanks for sharing.

  16. zita b
    | Reply

    Well everybody seems to have ‘beat me to the punch’ so I will say Ditto and many thanks…

  17. Shelle @ DreamyNest? {not!}*
    | Reply

    Awesome tutorial! Love this – I’ve always wanted to know how to do this in PSE. Thank you!! I pinned this in Pinterest. πŸ™‚

  18. Diane
    | Reply

    Ooh! I love it! Can’t wait to try it!

  19. Geri
    | Reply

    Thanks for this great tutorial. I love the way it makes room for more expression in interrupting the word. I’d not think of that on my own!

  20. Janytime
    | Reply

    Thanks for this awesome tutorial! I’m going right now to give it a try! I look forward to your tips and always go from reading them right into trying them out, and your instructions are always so clear and perfect. You keep me inspired, so keep it coming! Your mini lessons of knowledge are like little rays of sunshine arriving, makes for a happy day!! Thanks again!

  21. Cheryl
    | Reply

    You are right this is a cute and classy idea! I absolutely love it!

  22. Marsha Edwards
    | Reply

    Not seeing the tutorial, but I’m logged in. I’m confused again. Thanks for your help.

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      I love to help, Marsha.
      If you click on the link in the weekly newsletter, it should take you right to it. πŸ™‚

      • Marsha Edwards
        | Reply

        I click on the link in the newsletter. That brings me to this page saying to login & refresh. I login (which just keeps saying to login) & then click Home (which then says I’m logged in). I refresh this page – but no tutorial (or info as previous about logging in). I must be missing some step or not logging in correctly. Thanks.

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      http://digitalscrapper.com/photoshop-elements/interrupted-title-el/

      here is the link, marsha. maybe this will help. πŸ™‚

      • Marsha Edwards
        | Reply

        That’s the same page I get from the newsletter. I tried again – logged in, then went back & refreshed the page. No luck; just the words ‘check it out’, then nothing. Thanks for your help – must just be me or my connection.

        • Sharon
          | Reply

          Marsha, I believe that things are fixed now, at least for the most recent seven tutorials. Please let us know if you continue to have problems. Thanks, and enjoy this fun tip!

          • Marsha Edwards
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            Thanks Sharon, I am finally able to see the tutorial. I did not see a download pdf spot, but was able to copy & paste to save. Thanks for the great tutorials that ya’ll provide.

  23. Diane Deere
    | Reply

    I’m having the same issue as Marsha is too.

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Hi Diane.
      Yes. Sorry. We are experiencing some Log In issues! πŸ™

      PLUS MEMBERS DO THIS….
      1. At the top of the site, click Log Out.
      2. Go to My Stuff > My Membership.
      3. Log In.
      4. Click on “Click Here to access Plus content!”
      5. Choose Digi Scrap Tutorials.

      If that doesn’t work, then you’ll just have to hold tight until we can get the Log In issues fixed. Sorry for the inconvenience.

      Let us know if you have any other questions. πŸ™‚

      • Kimberly Murray
        | Reply

        Do the Tip of the Week expire? I’m having the same problems as the last few users replying here: I can only get the full story from the current Tip, most of the others end after the intro paragraph. It doesn’t matter if I follow my email links or login directly from the website and navigate through to Plus Content/Digi Scrap Tutorials. Hope you can get this solved – I really enjoy these tips!

        • Sharon
          | Reply

          Hi Kim. Thanks for letting us know. I believe we’ve fixed the problem with all the Recent Tutorials on the PLUS page, and the other tutorials will be fixed within a few hours. Thanks again, and enjoy!

  24. Bonnie Ripp
    | Reply

    Yes, all is ok I have the tips back. LOVE THEM, they are so helpful. At the end of the tutorial there was always a place to download the PDF which I love
    cuz I then open my elements and practice what the tip is and have it right by my side to look at. I don’t see the download anymore. Has that stopped?:(
    or have I just not seen it somewhere. Thanks

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Hi Bonnie. All the tips included downloadable PDFs. It is located at the bottom of the tip.
      [ Download a PDF version of this β€œPinwheel Perfection” tutorial.]
      If you specifically find one that does not included a PDF link, please let us know. πŸ™‚

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