• Filling Tightly Kerned Titles with Patterned Paper in Photoshop and PSE

    Katie Pertiet has a wonderful new line of outlined words called Tightly Kerned Titles. These fun title sets help give your scrapbook page a focus which lets your reader know exactly what the page is all about at first glance. You can use the titles as they are or you can fill them with patterned paper like Linda (earlofoxford) did on her adorable You Are Amazing page. I really like how using patterned paper in the title gives the project a touch of whimsy.

    Here's how to get Linda’s effect on your own page:

    • Open the png version of a Tightly Kerned Title in Photoshop or Elements and click the layer in the Layers panel to select it. It will become highlighted in the Layers Panel when it is selected.
    • Get the Magic Wand tool. In the Options bar, choose New Selection (icon), point sample, and Contiguous. Click inside the first letter of the title on the transparent section. This puts a selection (marching ants) around the inside section of the letter.
    • Choose Select > Modify > Expand. Expand the selection by 5 pixels and click OK.
    • Ctrl Click (Mac: Cmd click) the Create a New Layer icon at the bottom (or top) of the Layers panel. This creates a new layer underneath the title layer.
    • Click the Foreground color chip at the bottom of the tool bin. It is the chip on the left. Click any color in the color picker and click OK.
    • Get the Paint Bucket tool and click inside the selection. Now the bottom layer will have a letter filled with the color you selected from the color picker. Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to remove the selection.
    • Now click on the top layer (the title layer) in the Layers panel again and get the Magic Wand tool again.
    • Click the next section on the title that you want to fill.
    • Expand the selection, Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) the Create a New Layer icon, and use the Paint Bucket tool to fill the new selection with color. Deselect to remove the marching ants.
    • Repeat with the remaining sections of the title until all of the title sections are filled with color and each section is on its own layer in the Layers panel.
    • Each filled layer will serve as a mask which you can now fill with patterned paper.
    • Select the first filled layer you created and open the first paper you want to use on your title. Linda used Team Colors No. 4 Paper Pack by Katie Pertiet.
    • Using the Move tool, drag the paper onto the layered title document. Make sure that the paper is one layer above the letter layer that you are covering. With the paper layer selected, press Alt Ctrl G (Mac: Opt Cmd G) on the keyboard to "clip" the letter to the paper. If that does not work for you, choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask from the Menu bar instead. The paper should fill only the section of the first letter.
    • Note: you can resize the patterned paper by Shift-dragging the corner handle of the paper layer inward toward the center of the paper.
    • Open the next paper you want to use and repeat the clipping mask process on the second filled layer you created.
    • Continue until each fill layer you created is covered with patterned paper. Mixing and matching coordinating papers gives the title a fun designer look.
    • Tip: To change the color of the title outlines, drag a piece of coordinating digital paper over the top layer and create a clipping mask.
    • To use the title on a scrapbook page, click the top layer and press Ctrl Shift Alt E (Mac: Cmd Shift Opt E). This creates a new top layer that contains the filled title. Use the Move tool to drag this new layer onto your scrapbook document.
    • Save the title document as a PSD file to preserve the layers. Choose File > Save as from the Menu and change the file type to PSD, then click Save. The next time you want to use the title, just open the PSD document and use the clipping mask process to fill the title with different papers.


    Thanks for the inspiration, Linda!