Step One: Create a New Document
- Create a new document (File > New > Blank File) at 300 ppi with a white background.
- Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to black over white.
Step Two: Add a Shape
- Get the Rectangle tool. It’s nested with the Custom Shapes tool.
- In the Tool Options, click on the Color Chip and choose a color other than white. Set the Style to None and the Geometry Options to Unconstrained. Uncheck From Center. Uncheck Snap. Click on the New Shape Layer icon.
(Photoshop: Set the Tool Mode to Shape. Click on the Fill Color and choose a color other than white. Set the Stroke Type to None and the Path Operations to New Layer. Open the Path Operations and choose Unconstrained.)
- On the document, click and drag out a rectangle.
Step Three: Subtract a Shape
- Hold down the Alt key (Mac: Opt key). You should see a minus sign appear beside the cursor.
- Click and drag on the document, then let go of the Alt/Opt key and continue dragging.
- To reposition the subtracting shape, press and hold the Space bar while dragging.
- Let go of the mouse when there is only a tiny sliver of shape left to the right or the left of the subtracting shape.
Step Four: Create a Text Box
- Get the Horizontal Type tool.
- In the Tool Options, open the Font Picker and choose a font. Click on the Color Chip and choose black. Set the Size to 12 pt and the Leading to Auto. Set the Alignment to Left.
- On the document, hover your cursor inside one of the shapes until you see the Type Inside a Shape icon.
- Click inside the shape to place the cursor.
- Type any word. I typed the word TEXT.
- Click the checkmark to commit.
You should not be able to see the word you typed.
- In the Layers panel, click on the Visibility icon of the Shape layer to hide it.
Now you should see the word you typed.
Step Five: Add Some Journaling
- In the Layers panel, double click on the thumbnail of the type layer to activate the Horizontal Type tool and highlight the current text on the document.
- Type (or paste) in some journaling.
- Click the checkmark to commit.
What just happened and why did it work?
Troubleshooting Free Flowing Text Boxes
- There must be a tiny sliver of text box connecting each of the bigger text boxes.
- If the sliver is too much, it will fill with fragments of your journaling.
- If the sliver is not enough (non-existent), it will break the magic of type flow from one box to the next.
Note: This tutorial will not work with boxes flowing left to right, only top to bottom.
Why would I want to do this?
- Opening up space in the middle of a text box can make room for a title or group of elements.
- After opening up the space, adding to or subtracting from your paragraphs of journaling will be super simple.
Font: Architects Daughter
Fonts: DJB ANNALISE, Avenir Next Condensed, Euphorigenic
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