Quick Sticker Title

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Quick Sticker Title
by Jen White

Make a title pop off the page by turning it into a sticker with a super fast style.

The Problem

I am wanting to add a title to my scrapbook page in a super-cool brush script font. But, as you can see in the screenshot below, the title is blending in and I cannot really see it on my page.

A Bad Solution

With a brush script font like this, it’s never an option to add a drop shadow or bevel or glow.

A Good Solution

I will turn the title into a stylish sticker by applying a multi-part style.

Step One: Create a Workspace

  • Create a new 12×12 inch document (File > New > Blank File) at 300 ppi with a white background. (PS: Choose File > New.)

I will be demonstrating this technique on a scrapbook page I already have started.

Step Two: Type a Word

  • Get the Horizontal Type tool.
  • In the Tool Options, open the Font Picker and choose a font. I’m using Maxim Regular by Vera Kudryashova.
  • Set the Size to 155 pts.
  • Click on the Color Chip, then double click on the Darker Cool Brown swatch from the Default set of swatches. (PS: Click on the Color Chip, choose a color, then click OK to close the Color Picker. I’m using Hex #36322d.)

To sample a color from a document:
• Click on the Color Chip, then click on the Color Picker icon to open the Color Picker. Opening the Color Picker will activate the Eyedropper tool (Color Picker tool). (PS: Click on the Color Chip to open the Color Picker.)
• On the document, click to sample a color. Click OK to close the Color Picker.

  • On the document, click once to place the cursor and then type a word.
  • Click the checkmark to commit the change.


Step Three: Add a Complex Style

Photoshop Elements Only:

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Layer Style > Style Settings.
  • In the dialog box, check the box next to Stroke. Set the Size to 16 px, the Position to Outside, and the Opacity to 100%.
  • Click on the Stroke Color Chip to open the Color Picker.
  • Choose a color or sample a color from an open document. Click OK to close the Color Picker. I’m using Hex #e6e1d4.
  • Check the box next to Drop Shadow. Set the Size to 21, the Distance to 16, and the Opacity to 95% (this may vary).
  • Click OK to close the dialog box.

Adobe Photoshop Only:

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Layer Style > Stroke.
  • In the dialog box, set the Size to 16 px, the Position to Outside, and the Opacity to 100%.
  • Click on the Stroke Color Chip to open the Color Picker.
  • Choose a color or sample a color from an open document. Click OK to close the Color Picker. I’m using Hex #e6e1d4.
  • Click on Drop Shadow. Set the Blend Mode to Multiply, the Opacity to 95% (this may vary), the Distance to 16, the Spread to 18, and the Size to 21.
  • Click OK to close the dialog box.


The nice thing about this technique is that it’s fully editable. Also, the style will remain if you want to try different fonts.

Here’s how my title looks on my scrapbook page.

Page: Mountain Trail by Jen White
Photo: Jen White
Class/Template: QwikLearn | Design Beautiful Pages
Kits: Winter Bliss by Kristin Cronin-Barrow, Great Outdoors by Kristin Aagard
Fonts: Mathlete, Maxim Regular, DJB MOM SAYS


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14 Responses

  1. Julie
    | Reply

    Thank you so much! These free tutorials are so much fun and so useful!

  2. Bev Cavera
    | Reply

    Lovely Font I wonder if it is still available ?

  3. Beverly Thiels
    | Reply

    PS – appreciate any CGA on this one.
    Here’s the link again.

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      LOVE it, Beverly. Great application of the tutorial and lovely page design! Yay.

  4. Beverly Thiels
    | Reply

    I’m always late it seems, but when I did this last night, it was fun. Hope you think it looks ok.

  5. Shirley Kimbrough
    | Reply

    I am always learning something new here at Digital Scrapper. I have turned other elements into stickers, but never thought to consider a sticker-title as an ellie. In addition, this way it is easily editable. You are too much for words. Thanks for the toot. 🙂

  6. Gayle Gillies
    | Reply

    Thanks so much Jen, a great idea for titles.

  7. Marty
    | Reply

    Wow! I’m thrilled! I need this now!

  8. Donna
    | Reply

    Thanks for this tutorial, Jen. I used to use this technique for stickers but haven’t used it for a long time. I’m going to try and use it soon.

  9. Julie aka MaggieMae
    | Reply

    I’ve always liked doing things like this sticker and have been wondering if I’ve been wrong because it’s shadowing a font. I love this title – is there a rule about using the font as a sticker so it can be shadowed? TIA Love all these tutorials and the class!

    • Jen White
      | Reply

      Hi Julie. Putting a sticker style on a font automatically turns it into an element. Any font can be turned into a sticker. Because the font is now an element, a drop shadow must be applied. I would also caution you to keep the stroke to a low number–somewhere between 5 and 20 pixels is pretty much the standard. Anything higher than 20 pixels would create a distraction.

      I’m SO glad you are enjoying the Design Beautiful Pages class. 🙂

      • Julie aka MaggieMae
        | Reply

        Thanks, Jen! I’m glad to know that. I’ve been taking the lessons very seriously! 🙂 I love using styles on titles – now I know that the font becomes an element! Yay! Thanks again!

  10. Lori
    | Reply

    I am going to give this a try! Thank you.

  11. Jessie
    | Reply

    So, if we make a title into a sticker we can use a drop shadow? Yeah! I thought it was a no-no for titles to have them. I’m sure relieved! 🙂

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