• How to Create a Resist-effect Title in Photoshop and PSE: Part 1

    Scrapbooking inspiration can "hit" just about anywhere! Recently while visiting the hair salon, I noticed some really pretty signage that looked like it was created with a "resist" technique. The title lettering appeared to have been written with a waxy substance before painting a freeform swatch over it. The effect was beautiful and as I admired it, I realized that the look could be recreated using a few Designer Digitals products.

    I rushed home to try to get the same look for a digital project. Here's how:

    Begin by selecting a title from Katie Pertiet's Sketchy Sentiment Spots series. Then select a Watery Photo Mask. Watery Photo Mask No. 14 or Watery Photo Mask No. 6 would make good choices for this technique.

    • Open a new blank document, the sentiment you are using and the watery mask of your choice.
    • Using the Move tool, drag the watery mask onto the blank document.
    • Then drag the sentiment on top of the mask.
    • Resize and reposition the title or the mask so that the watery mask just covers the sentiment. To resize, select the mask and press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) on the keyboard. This shows the bounding box around the image. Shift and drag the corner handles to resize the mask. (In PSE, drag without holding the Shift key to avoid the "funhouse" effect.) To twist or turn the mask, hover the cursor outside a corner until the cursor changes to a curved arrow. When the curved arrow is active, click and drag to turn the mask layer. Tick the checkmark to confirm the change.
    • Select the sentiment layer. Press Ctrl U (Mac: Cmd U) on the keyboard to activate the Hue/Saturation dialog box. Drag the lightness slider all the way to the right and click OK. The sentiment will now be white.
    • Next, follow these steps to "paint" the mask. Select the mask layer in the Layers panel. Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) the thumbnail image of the mask in the Layers panel. This places a selection (marching ants) around the mask image.
    • Hide the black mask layer by clicking the Layer Visibility icon on the left side of the layer. You'll still see the marching ants, but the mask will no longer be visible.
    • Next, create a new layer by clicking the "Create a new layer" icon in the Layers panel. Make sure that the new layer is selected (highlighted.)
    • Get the Gradient Tool. This tool shares a space on the toolbar with Paint Bucket in PS. In PSE, the gradient tool is next to the Paint Bucket. In the Options bar, choose a gradient to use from the drop-down menu. In PSE, the tool options are at the bottom of the screen. Extra gradients are available by clicking the gear icon or down-arrow in the top right corner of the gradient drop-down menu. Append the current gradients to see the alternate choices. Select to choose a gradient then drag out a diagonal line over the selected mask. As you do, the mask will become painted with color. If you are unhappy with the color, choose a different gradient or try dragging from a different angle until you like the effect.
    • When you are satisfied with the look, press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to remove the marching ants.


    This is a fun and different way to use digital products to create an interesting title for your digital project.