Ornamental Fonts - CropBats AOE

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Scrapbooking is typically thought of as rectangular.

We use our rectangle-shaped camera
to take rectangle-shaped photos
that get imported into our rectangle-shaped software
where we create rectangle-shaped scrapbook pages
that get bound into rectangle-shaped books.

I'm feeling a little sharp around the edges right about now, how about you?
Well, good news! Today's tutorial is all about circles! Crop circles, in fact.

Follow along with me as I show you one simple use for yet another free ornamental font.

The focus of today's tutorial will be on this free ornamental font: CropBats AOE Free Font

Tutorial:

For Adobe Photoshop Version click here.

Step One: Download the Ornamental Font

This tutorial does not contain a link to directly download the font.

  • Copy and Paste the name of the font in your browser's search bar.
  • Download the font from the site of your choice.
  • Unzip and install the font on your computer.

Step Two: Add a Lowercase U

I started with a 12x12 inch scrapbook page set at 300ppi.

  • Get the Horizontal Type tool.
  • In the Options Bar, open the Font Picker and choose CropBats AOE. Then set the Size to 1296 points.
    (1296 points is the highest point size that Photoshop Elements 10.0 will go for this font. Your version may have a different limit. If so, simply set it at the highest point size. You can use the Transform options to increase the size later.)

 

  • Click in the center of your scrapbook page and type a lowercase U.
  • Click on the check mark in the Options Bar to commit the changes.

Step Three: Center the Lowercase U

  • Press Ctrl A (Mac: Cmd A) to Select All.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • In the Options Bar, click on Align > Horizontal Centers and Align > Vertical Centers.

 

  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to Deselect.
  • If you'd like your 'font' to be larger than Photoshop Element's maximum:
    • Click on a corner handle of the Bounding Box, hold down the Alt key (Mac: Opt key), and drag outward.
      If you do not see a Bounding Box, press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get the Transform options.
      If you still do not see the Bounding Box, press Ctrl 0 (Mac: Cmd 0) to fit the Bounding Box to the screen.
    • When you are satisfied with the size, double click inside the Bounding Box to commit the changes.
    • I did not resize my 'font'. This is how 1296 points looks on a 12x12 scrapbook page:

Step Four: Use the Lowercase U As a Clipping Mask

  • Open (File > Open) a background paper.
  • Holding down the Shift key, click on the paper and drag it onto the scrapbook page.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask.
    (Earlier version of Elements may say "Group With Previous".)
  • In the Layers panel, activate the 'font' layer by clicking on it.
  • In the Layers panel, lower the Opacity of the 'font' layer to around 50%.

Check out my scrapbook page below using the lowercase U from this ornamental font.
This style of ornaments really grabs me. I love whimsy and I love circles. So I've created a couple more scrapbook pages using the CropBats font. You can check them out in the Digi Scrap Tutorial gallery.

P.S. This scrapbook page is about our daughter, Paige. She is almost an RN. 🙂

Credits:
Digi Scrap Tutorial by Jen White using Photoshop Elements 10.0
Photos and Layout by Jen White
Paper and Embellishments by Julie Mead, Timeless Classic
Fonts: CropBats AOE, Myriad Pro

Download a PDF version of this "Ornamental Fonts - CropBats AOE" 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: Download the Ornamental Font

This tutorial does not contain a link to directly download the font.

  • Copy and Paste the name of the font in your browser's search bar.
  • Download the font from the site of your choice.
  • Unzip and install the font on your computer.

Step Two: Add a Lowercase U

I started with a 12x12 inch scrapbook page set at 300ppi.

  • Get the Horizontal Type tool.
  • In the Options Bar, open the Font Picker and choose CropBats AOE. Then set the Size to 1296 points.
    (1296 points is the highest point size that Photoshop CS5 will go for this font. Your version may have a different limit. If so, simply set it at the highest point size. You can use the Transform options to increase the size later.)

  • Click in the center of your scrapbook page and type a lowercase U.
  • Click on the check mark in the Options Bar to commit the changes.

Step Three: Center the Lowercase U

  • Press Ctrl A (Mac: Cmd A) to Select All.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • In the Options Bar, click on Align Horizontal Centers and Align Vertical Centers.

  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to Deselect.
  • If you'd like your 'font' to be larger than Photoshop's maximum:
    • Click on a corner handle of the Bounding Box, hold down Shift Alt (Mac: Shift Opt), and drag outward.
      If you do not see a Bounding Box, press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get the Transform options.
      If you still do not see the Bounding Box, press Ctrl 0 (Mac: Cmd 0) to fit the Bounding Box to the screen.
    • When you are satisfied with the size, double click in side the Bounding Box to commit the changes.
    • I did not resize my 'font'. This is how 1296 points looks on a 12x12 scrapbook page:

Step Four: Use the Lowercase U As a Clipping Mask

  • Open (File > Open) a background paper.
  • Holding down the Shift key, click on the paper and drag it onto the scrapbook page.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask.
  • In the Layers panel, activate the 'font' layer by clicking on it.
  • In the Layers panel, lower the Opacity of the 'font' layer to around 50%.

Check out my scrapbook page below using the lowercase U from this ornamental font.
This style of ornaments really grabs me. I love whimsy and I love circles. So I've created a couple more scrapbook pages using the CropBats font. You can check them out in the Digi Scrap Tutorial gallery.

P.S. This scrapbook page is about our daughter, Paige. She is almost an RN. 🙂

Credits:
Digi Scrap Tutorial by Jen White using Photoshop CS5
Photos and Layout by Jen White
Paper and Embellishments by Julie Mead, Timeless Classic
Fonts: CropBats AOE, Myriad Pro

Download a PDF version of this "Ornamental Fonts - CropBats AOE" 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.

29 Responses

  1. Deborah
    | Reply

    Wow! How cool is this? Thanks for finding this and showing a little of how to work with it.

  2. Geri
    | Reply

    This is an important tutorial for me. I am just learning about these goodies and with new software to me!

  3. Bonnie H Cuddihy
    | Reply

    I like my dingbats but this opened my eyes. So simple yet so striking! Thanks for the clear, concise directions. Now I’m inspired to go in circles…HA!

  4. Design Tecky
    | Reply

    Neat – love the font set!

  5. Susan
    | Reply

    Who would have thought a lowly dingbat could create such a nice effect. I see some ‘spearminting in my future! Thanks for another great tutorial.

  6. Barbara
    | Reply

    I’m ready to try this today!!!

  7. Mary
    | Reply

    Absolutely great. Did not know fonts could be used as a mask. Thank you

  8. Becky
    | Reply

    Great tutorial. Jen – does your daughter go to school in Kansas?

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Hi Becky. Thanks for asking. No, she is in Indiana. 🙂

  9. Carol
    | Reply

    Hello,
    I did the tutorial but could not get the cropbats u to enlarge. When I click and drag on a corner the u disappears. I can only get the font size at 72. I am using Adobe Photoshop 6.0. Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks for all you do.
    Carol

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Hi Carol. Sorry you are having troubles. Here are a couple things to try…

      1) Enlarge the type by highlighting it and pressing and holding Ctrl Shift > (Mac: Cmd Shift). Holding the keys down makes the type enlarge really fast. If you just click those keys once, the type will increase by two points.

      2) Confirm the type and then use the Transform options (Ctrl T) to resize.

      Hope that helps!!

  10. Lonna
    | Reply

    Love this. I did not think that I would learn so much when I joined this site after buying my PSE10 from Costco. but…….. gee wiz. There is so much that this old scrapper (15 years of it now) could learn. Just these small steps are fun.

  11. Sherri
    | Reply

    Way cool! Love it when I can make my own elements and designs!!

  12. Andrea Graves
    | Reply

    This is such a COOL digi scrap tutorial, Jen! LOVE this! Thank you! 🙂

  13. Dorrie H.
    | Reply

    Jen, You amaze me with all the things you come up with and sharing with us in your wonderful tutorials. There seems to always be something new in you repertoire of scrapbooking. Thank you so much.

  14. roseb
    | Reply

    You are a freakin genius!

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Rose…. i think that is the funniest comment i’ve ever gotten! hahahaha. Thanks for the giggle. xoxo

  15. Linda
    | Reply

    Jen, you never cease to amaze me.

  16. Renee
    | Reply

    Thanks Jen – great tutorial. Seems like I have a lot of playing to do!

  17. Joann Dietrich
    | Reply

    I have a question – i don’t want to install fonts in windows font folder– before when I was using windows xp I was able to open a font then open a program and I could use the font– I’ve since gotten wondows 7 and it doesn’t work like that – what I need to do now is make a shortcut of the font on desktop and I can use it in a program but with dingbat fonts it doesn’t work — any helpful hints — thanks Joann
    in the mean time I’ll continue searching for help

  18. Joann Dietrich
    | Reply

    ok I guess I lied — I tried the short cut with some other regular fonts and it doesn’t always work so not sure how to do it without installing more fonts which I don’t want to do cause of making your computer run slow so…..
    Joann

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Hi Joanne. I totally understand you not wanting to install too many fonts. That is good practice. 🙂 Here are a couple of options for you to consider….
      Install the font, create something cool, and then uninstall the font. I always keep my downloaded fonts in a folder on my computer so i can tell them apart from fonts that are original to my system.
      NexusFont is a really cool Windows font manager that allows you to use uninstalled fonts. It’s the best of all worlds if you are a PC user.
      As for the situation you described in your comment…I’ve never heard of that. 🙁 I’m guessing that the times this did work for you, those particular fonts were actually installed on your PC and you didn’t realize it.
      Let me know if this helps, ok? xoxo

  19. Joann Dietrich
    | Reply

    hi thanks for the info-
    . you said “I always keep my downloaded fonts in a folder on my computer so i can tell them apart from fonts that are original to my system.”
    do you have your downloaded fonts folder in windows font file or do you make a downloaded font folder on the c drive – I am a little confused which is not unusual 🙂

    also you mentioned NexusFont
    is this a free program? by the way I am a PC user – so this program let’s me use uninstalled fonts in word, photoshop elements etc – if this is the case then I think this would be the best way to go – thanks I’ll let you know what I decided to do and how it works so thanks again

  20. Linda
    | Reply

    Great tip, Jen! I love getting fresh ideas like this!

  21. doris edgar
    | Reply

    Jen

    Thanks ever so much for this and all the other lessons you have so generously
    shared with us.

  22. Glorie
    | Reply

    Super great tutorial and I also want to mention I loved the Addyson story and wanting or feeling like a 3 yr old…totally get that! 😉 Wonderful LO, too!! Thanks for sharing…and glad to know you love doing it! 🙂

  23. Shirl
    | Reply

    That brain of your is just too much when it comes to creative digital scrapping. I will definitely have to try this one out because it will be fun adjusting the “u” for a landscape layout. 🙂

  24. Joyce Botha
    | Reply

    Hi there. This is something I do not know at all and never had found an artical in magazine as a tutorial. HOW DO YOU INSTAL NEW FREE FONTS ON YOUR PC (word by word or step by step) Can u help as to where I can find some tutorials for this. Tks so long.

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Hi Joyce. That is a good question. Most font websites offer step by step instructions for downloading and installing fonts. For example, check out this webpage: http://www.dafont.com/faq.php Hope that helps. 🙂

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