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Making Stamps from Fonts

Lesson 31 from: Layering in Adobe Photoshop for Digital Scrapbookers

Traci Reed

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31. Making Stamps from Fonts

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Making Stamps from Fonts

So how you would create a brush out of your text? Um brushes are to create a brand, you have to make sure a few things let me turn off all the layers because anything that you have visible when you create your brush is going to be part of your brush, so I'm going to choose a big blocky fund instead of this typewriter fund so that we can see it was dio rial and I wanna make a big now we're back to the two hundred happy ok? Wow! So if I were to try and make it was let's say that this is beautiful and I wanted to be sam um if I were to try and make it a samba right now, what would happen is it would be semi transparent, and the reason that it would be semitransparent is because the way that russia's work is that you have the darkest end of the spectrum, which is black, and you have the lightest end of the spectrum, which is white, and you have everything in between and everything in between when you're making brushes relates to transparency. So if you have a sort of really dark gray it's ...

going to be really, really opaque but not completely opaque, whereas black is completely opaque, so because this isn't black it's going to be semi transparent when we make it into a brush so it depends on what you want if you want a semitransparent brush, then you're gonna want to choose a shade of gray, but if you want a solid brush, then you're going to want to make sure that you choose black beaches white nothing's going to happen so you can just go because there's nothing else on the canvas you can just go teo edit define brush preset and it'll actually sample the whole campus, which is not what we want, so what we want to do is just command click to great are marching ants and that creates a selection and edited defined brush, preset and that's a really good way to make sure that you're not picking up things that you don't want to sample. So if I had this black background on this black and white background on and I tried to go at it defined brush preset it's going toe pick up the chevron too, so we don't want that. So you've always got to make sure that either a everything is off or be you select what it is that you want to be a brush, so now we can define a brush from this word headed to find rush preset and of course now you can use it as a brush there's a happy brush from this off change whatever color I wanted to be create a new layer and I could stamp happy everywhere so you can't do this you can, um in your own personal kind of way out let's say you want I go uh on actual newspaper you could scan in a wall of newspaper text and just straight up as it's can then create a brush from it and use it as a background like used all the texas background because it's your own personally out did you have a question you can adjust the brush jeter and stuff to rights with you wanted like happy happy that way yeah, we couldn't do that and we're going to talk about brushes when we do the stitching and adjusting all of those things but yeah, we don't talk about jeter with the stitching so let's talk about that go the brushes and no brush okay, so these are all the options for brushes and what you're talking about is here scattering yeah, you can scatter the brush so what would happen is was just scattering let's got her little is huge and then if we want to space without otherwise, it'll be all up on top of its each other. So you khun d'oh that with your brush and you can click and drag and I'll just put it on their randomly depending on your presets you can also but so you wanted to make a background out of it let's say you want to make a background out of it but he wanted it to be two different colors you can have it change between the foreground and the background so in this case it would be black and red let's get rid of this and it will give you different tones see if we adjusted a little bit more here a huge hitter here we go so that's giving you lots of different colors if you click that huge inter button so it's it's interesting all of these different options we have with brushes and I know we covered brushes last time with that was a really good question okay well that's beautiful I think I should sell that make a creative life kid we've got some general questions but blue fox was just asking there if you do have the chance like if you've created your text already and you feel that maybe you're using a square do you then have the chance to change the shape? Maybe we will suddenly decide you want of a triangle or a circle or something else ponsi filled it with the text can you change that outside shape? Well, I think that the best idea saw all kreda square of text if you have this already said you can add it to an extent if you have just drawn a text box, you're not going to be able to edit it the way that you can add it if you fill in a shape because you can transform a text box. But that's not exactly what you're going for. So instead of using a text box, if you have used an actual shape to create a path, make sure I have it on right. If you've used an actual shake to create a path, you can then go in and use your direct selection tool to edit the the corners and you can change the shape of it. You can also delete anchor points so you can turn into a triangle if you want to. But it's going to get a little dicey. Being able to fit everything in. You're going to really have to work with the journaling to make sure that nothing gets cut off. But you totally can, as long as you've used the shape told the define the path you totally can at the path later on. I think turning a circle into something else would be rather hard, but yes, anything with a linear edge.

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I have recently discovered digital scrapbooking and have been using a great scrapbooking software that I downloaded on-line. There are limitations with the software that prompted me to look deeper for ideas. Traci's course was fantastic! I learned so much from her not only in scrapbooking layouts and using different elements in a page but my level of understanding of photoshop has improved dramatically. The presentation was easy to follow and broken into perfect chunks to go back and review the techniques. Thank you so much Traci for presenting this awesome course. I will look for more of your courses. Your scrapbooking is beautiful and inspiring!


I'm a photographer. I do a lot of graphic design for my business. I feel like I'm fairly knowledgeable. I saw this class being shown for free on Creative Live one day and it wasn't my first choice to watch, but was the best out of the list... I was wrong. This is a great class. I didn't expect to learn that much and I've been learning a lot! Great info!


This course was amazing. I learn some things I didn't know how to do. Traci is simple and straight forward in her teaching. Very easy to understand.

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