Screenshots are Photoshop CS.
Titling and Journaling are very important to us
in scrapbooking – so much feeling and emotion can be conveyed
by our choice of font. Once the font is chosen, Photoshop has a
whole lot of wonderful options that give us control over the position
and look of the characters.
Look at this very simple example:
Do you see how just simply changing a few things
about the type gives a different feeling to the words “The
(Fonts used here are CK Diva and Casual)
To reveal the Character palette click on the little
icon where the arrow points – it is full of amazing options
about which I’ll tell you a little, but I do urge you to read
and experiment as there is so much you can do!
Font Family, Font Style (not available on all fonts)
and font size are very self explanatory.
Kerning: Refers to the space between two characters.
A nice quick way to do this is to click on the type tool, then click
your cursor between the two characters, and holding down your alt.
key use the left and right arrows of your keyboard (left brings
closer, right, widens the space)
Tracking is very similar to kerning but affect the
whole word, or selected letters. Type a word of text and click on
the down facing arrow, the default is zero, select either a minus
value, or a plus one and you will see what I mean. This is useful
to create effects like this:
If I had typed the text and left it to its own
devices so to speak, I could never have got the top line to be the
same length as the lower one – I did it by creasing the tracking
in line one, and slightly decreasing it in Line 2.
Vertical and Horizontal Scale – go to either of these two
options and change the numeric value – you will see how you
can change to proportions of the letters, make them short and squat
or tall and thin - just thinking – this would be a great option
for a layout showing the before and after of your latest diet ?
To see what baseline shift does – type a line
of text and highlight one character, alter the value of the baseline
shift to say, 25 – what happen? The letter moves up from the
original base line……….. if you do a lot of mathematical
notations this will be very useful to you ? however, most scrapbookers
would use it to create cool effect like the word “jumpers”
in Picture 1. If you did not use this handy option, you would need
to put each character on a separate layer which gets bulky and difficult
to handle. Think of the fan ways you could us this in layout titles
– taller, going up and up in steps, fly a kite would also
be good, down in the dumps………………
unleash your creativity!
Now near the bottom, there is a line of options,
starting with faux bold on the left – each of them is really
easy to use, have some text on your screen and click on each, one
by one and see what each does……………..
and then, think how this could be useful to you?
Right at the bottom you can click the language option
of your choice – this will affect the spell check and then
bottom right is the anti-aliasing button – there are several
different options each affecting the type in different ways –
zoom in a bit, click on each option and see what it does.
One tip, when your are finished playing, go back
and reset each option, otherwise next time you want to do some journaling
you will wonder why your type tool is behaving so very strangely
? - yes, it will remain the way you have left it even if you close
Photoshop and reopen!
Have fun with your type tool, you will be amazed
at the difference you can make with a few easy clicks!