There shouldn’t be anything boring in digital scrapbook layouts. In fact, a text doesn’t have to be just plain text made out of the text tool. You can take a simple word in your scrapbook page to the next level of stylishness with this unique idea of converting it into a gorgeous text mat.
While some scrapbookers choose to add embellishments into their texts, others opt for a more “out of the box” concept with text mats. The idea is to make a word or set of words stand out by merging it into an image such that it will look like a part of a mat. Using an image editor like Adobe Photoshop, you can re-create a text with a twist. This technique, however easy, requires some patience and artistry on the scrapbooker since it takes a little more time to get it done as compared to just typing in a text. We have to say though that it will be all worth it when you see the final result of your text mat.
It is important that you have a text to compose and a corresponding image for the text. The two must complement each other. Meaning it ail not look great if you put just about any image or photo to be used for the text mat, it must be related to the theme or feel or emotion of the text.
So, get ready with your photo and try to come up with a text for it. Let’s do this!
Text Mats for Digital Scrapbooking Layouts
Open Adobe Photoshop (we are using CS5 version for this tutorial).
Create a new document and make sure that you have set the right size for the picture. We strongly recommend to use 300 pixels with RGB colour mode and choose white for the background.
You can increase each image by clicking on it so you can easily see all settings used.
Now, we need to make a new transparent layer on top of the background layer. Go to Layer > New > Layer. Name it layer 2.
We will now draw a rectangle on this layer. Remember that this rectangle will be representing the shape and size of the image we will be using. On the tool bar, select the Rectangular Marquee Tool and make the rectangle. Go to Edit > Fill. Use the colour Black as the fill and uncheck Preserve Transparency.
Hit Command + D (for Mac) or Ctrl + D (for windows) on your keyboard to deselect.
As mentioned earlier, be ready with the word or words, find a font style that best suits the photo or theme. Bold or big fonts look better for this type of project.
Click on the Text tool from the tool bar. Before proceeding, you need to press D to make the Color Chips set to the standard Black and White. Choose the Font Style and size for the text.
Now, click on the section where you would want the words to be placed before you proceed with typing in the word or set of words for the image. You can place the text either on top or on the bottom, it doesn’t matter.
Click on the check on the upper right corner of the tool bar to confirm your text.
Select the Move tool and re-size, move and toggle the corners of the text in order for the word/s to position it across the upper or lower edge of the rectangle as we want to get the word to look like it is connected to the rectangle. Don’t forget to confirm this changes by clicking on the check mark.
Your page should look something like this:
This time, we need to merge the text with the rectangle. Press Command + D (for Mac) or Ctrl + D (for Windows) to do this. And there goes our text mat!
And for the most exciting part, we will now add the image. Open your image. Drag it over to the merged shape/text layer. Re-size it so that it covers the whole mat.
On your keyboard, hold the Option Key and click between the mat layer and the image. For Windows users, hold the Alt Key instead.
This is how the finished product should look.
And here’s the Text Mat beautifully set in place on our Digital Scrapbook layout made from digidesignresort shop‘s Digital Scrapbooking Kit Eternity Part A + B (PU/S4H) by Digidesignresort. This is a perfect collection when making scrapbooks for weddings and other celebration of love. Why not visit the store and you might find the kit that fits into your text mat?
You can find the PDF Document here. Just click on the link and download the Printable to your Computer.