• Selectively Filling Type with Patterned Paper in Photoshop and PSE

    This week’s tip is a fun way to combine the patterned paper you love with the fonts you’ve collected. The eighth in our tips with text series, this technique will help you get more from your digital supplies.

    Begin by opening a new document or digital scrapbook page in Photoshop or Elements.

    Get the Horizontal Type tool.
    Choose a font name, style, size, and color in the Options Bar across the top of the editing window.
    A loopy font or font with open spaces works best for this technique.

    Click on the document and type your title.
    Confirm the type by clicking the checkmark, then make a copy of your type layer by pressing Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) on your keyboard while the type layer is selected.
    Now you’ll have two copies of the title, one on top of the other.

    Hide the bottom title layer by clicking the Layer Visibility icon on the left side of the type layer. It looks like an eye. You will only need this layer if you want to go back and change your title later, so it doesn’t need to be visible at this point.

    Rasterize or simplify the top title layer by selecting the layer and choosing Layer > Simplify Layer in Elements or Layer > Rasterize > Type in the full version of Photoshop.

    Select the sections of the title that you’d like to fill with paper by getting the Magic Wand tool. In the Options bar, click the Add to Selection icon and tick Contiguous. Click inside each of the loops and open spaces you want to fill. You’ll see each of the areas surrounded by marching ants.

    Make a new transparent layer above your top title layer by clicking the Create a New Layer icon in the Layers panel. Next, choose Edit > Fill. This opens the Fill dialog box. Untick the Preserve Transparency box and choose Black for the contents. This will fill the marching ants with black, creating a layer that you can use as a clipping mask for your patterned paper. Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to remove the marching ants.

    Finish by opening a piece of digital paper. Use the Move tool to drag it onto your document. Position the paper layer one layer above the layer you just filled with black. Hold the Alt key (Mac: Opt key) and click between the paper layer and the layer you filled with black. The open spaces of your letters will be filled with patterned paper.

    This is a fun way to embellish your title, get more from your digital supplies and create a coordinated page.