Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Tuesday Tutorial: Quick Easy Word Strips

So this is a little one today: how to make quick and easy word strips for your journalling on your page.

Step 1:
Type out your journalling in a journalling box, as per normal. Use centre alignment. Adjust the line spacing to be a little wider than usual, to allow for your paper strips behind it.

Step 2:
Select your rectangular marquee tool and draw a long strip. Fill it in any colour. Use it as a mask to clip your journalling paper onto. I tend to use lighter papers so the journalling contrasts a bit, making it a lot easier to read. Just make one strip, merging those two layers together.

Step 3.
Select your "move" tool (top left corner), and press Alt as you hover your mouse on the strip. A double arrow will come up and that means you have now copied the strip. Click and drag it away from the original to see it. Repeat for the number of text lines you have. When you have positioned them, move the side edges in or out depending on the length of your text.

Step 4:
Now you need to make them look a bit wonky, so select your move tool, and spin the little circle only slightly to make the strip move slightly diagonal. Or you could move the corner arrows around a little. Now add shadowing, and it's done.

Sending My Love:
Credits: Danielle Young Designs "Black Tuxedo QP" and Brine Designs "School's In" paint splat.
I'll show you how to get that paint to work across the frame like that on a quick page (one that's already flattened and non-transformable) next time.

Cheers :) 


Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [22 Feb 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Mef said...

Thanks, will have to have a play, I need more practice with using masks.

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