Sample Word Art Poster
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This is another tutorial showing you how you can not only use the products in general, but also how you can manipulate and change textures when you begin to layer them, thus creating new textures or backgrounds for a project such as scrapbooking, word art, etc.
I began with an item from “108 Flow Liquid Textures”, #3. I rotated the image 90° clockwise (Edit > Transform > Rotate 90° Clockwise).
I then opened then opened “Damaged Poster Textures” and selected #12. I chose this texture as I liked the curve of the color in the texture – I thought it was similar to the curve of the Flow texture. However, to get the curves of each to be heading the same direction, I flipped the Poster Texture Vertically (Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical). I then used the “handles” to rotate the texture and further align with the base texture, like this:
I then changed the Blending Mode of the top texture to Color Burn, and lowered the opacity to 75%.
If you don’t like the darker spots flowing through the center, add a Layer Mask and remove them!
I thought that this texture looks like waves on a beach, so I decided to add a “beachy” saying, “Happiness comes in Waves”.
Select the Type Tool. I used the font Fanatic Lite at 150 pt. I selected the color from the dark area of the texture (#2d3a37), then typed the word “Happiness”. (Of course, you can use fonts you have or like.)
In order to add a new type layer and change the font and point size without it changing my first type layer, I find it easiest to add a new blank layer before making changes for my second type layer.
So, add a new blank layer, then change your typeface to Gabriola, 110 pt. same color, and type “comes in”.
Add another new blank layer, change typeface to Allegretto Script, 250 pt., same color, and type “Waves”. Hit Control + T to get the bounding box and handles and rotate this word as shown. I also wanted just the “W” to be bigger, so I highlighted that letter and changed the point size to 300 pt. I also wanted to take out some of the excess space between the ‘W’ and the ‘a’. To do this, put your cursor between the two letters and open the Character Panel (Window > Character). In the box next to the “V/A” symbol I entered -100 and this closed up that excess space nicely.
I like to add Layer Styles to my type layers to give them some depth and dimension. Select the Happiness layer. Double-click just below the word Happiness in the grey area of the layer to open the Layer Styles box.
First, I added a Stroke. Click the box to the left of Stroke, and be sure to click on that line so it is highlighted and you will have the proper control panel. I selected a size of 5 px; position = Outside; Blend Mode = Normal; Opacity 80%; Color = White.
Then check off the Drop Shadow box and highlight that row. I used the following settings:
You can now copy this layer style to the other 2 layers. Right click on the layer where the layer styles now show > Copy Layer Style. Now right click on the other 2 layers and Paste Layer Style.
I added one more layer style to just the “Waves” type. Double-click to reopen the layer styles box. I added a “Bevel & Emboss” effect to this word:
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