Mon 7 Sep 2009
Tutorial: Using Digital Alphabets for Card Making
By: Mary Jo Johnston
One of the things I love about making cards is fun titles using hybrid letters! By hybrid, I mean taking a digital image and printing it onto cardstock, then cutting the letters for your project. But, I’m somewhat of a perfectionist and those tricky centers to the o’s, b’s and d’s can leave me wanting to throw my scissors across the room!
I’ve got a solution! You can use the clone stamp, in Photoshop, to duplicate the same pattern for the inside of those pesky little letters! Here’s how:
1. Choose the letter you’ll be printing for your project. Open it in Photoshop.
2. Choose the Clone Stamp Tool (it’s the one that looks like a little stamp in your tool box)
3. While holding down the ALT Key, click inside the center of the circle on the pattern you want to duplicate. You may need to change the brush size just a little.
4. Now, click inside the letter to duplicate the pattern.
5. Continue filling in the center until complete.
6. Now you can print and cut your letter without having to worry about the center. You can leave it as is or you can use a hole punch for the desired size you prefer. Voila!
Here are a couple of examples I created for you: