Quick Tip—Mask to Text Box
by Jen White
To celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary (in 2013), my hunk and I took a weekend road trip to a hockey game. I had a lot to say about our weekend of fun, so I set out on a mission to create a scrapbook page with LOTS of journaling space.
If you are looking for a unique text box for your journaling, try giving photo masks a try. They often have an odd design that adds just the right touch to a scrapbook page.
This text box didn’t actually start off as a photo mask. Kitty Designs calls it a “magical splat” in her Live, Love kit. I simply filled it with color to make it a mask. Then I used that mask to create a text box. Here’s how I did it.
In Photoshop Elements (v10 and later):
- Use the Shape tools to mimic the shape of the mask. Just keep adding and subtracting shapes until you’ve achieved the look.
- Use the Horizontal Type tool to type inside the shape.
In Adobe Photoshop:
- Use the Lasso tool to trace around the mask.
- Turn the selection outline into a path.
- Use the Horizontal Type tool to type inside the path.
Once you’ve finished with the journaling, arrange your photos all pretty-like, and you are good to go. I just LOVE scrapbook pages with lots of journaling! Don’t you?
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