• Colorful Letters in Photoshop and PSE

    This week, we are beginning a new series that will give you tricks for adding pizzazz to the text on your digital projects. The first tip is a quick and easy way to give your titles whimsy and color by filling in letter loops with color.

    Begin by opening a new document in Photoshop or Elements.
    Get the Horizontal Type tool.
    Choose a script font with loops in the Options Bar across the top of the editing window. Choose a font size and color in the same location.

    Type a word on your document. When you have finished typing your text, click the checkmark to confirm it.

    With the text layer selected, get the Magic Wand tool.
    Select the Add to Selection icon and tick Contiguous in the Options bar.
    Click inside all of the loops you’d like to fill with one color. Marching ants will surround each of the selected sections.

    Click the Create a New Layer icon in the Layers Panel. This places a new transparent layer above the text layer.

    Choose a fill color by clicking the Foreground Color chip at the bottom of the Tool bin.
    Get the Paint Bucket tool and click inside one of the selections. This will fill all of the selections with the color you selected.

    Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to remove the selection and then click back on the text layer. Use the Magic Wand tool to make more loop selections. Make a new layer, choose a new Foreground color and use the Paint bucket to fill the new selections.

    Continue until you have filled your letter loops with color, creating a fun and playful effect for your digital project.