Outline Your Text

I haven’t been adding as many blog posts recently as I have a Facebook group now for people interested in creating greeting cards and other printed materials with their photos.  For detailed how-tos I refer them to the blog.  Please go to Facebook – Groups and search for PhotoGraphics to join!

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Text Outline

1.Start with a blank layer and some text, this will work for shapes too.

2. Right click/Cmd click on the layer name in the layers palette. Select rasterize layer. Ctrl/Cmd click on the layer thumbnail to select the type. Create a new blank layer.

3. Edit>stroke. Try 3-10 pixel stroke depending on the resolution of your image. Pick your color. Click Center in the Location dropdown.

Click ok.

Polka Dots Oh My!


I have had an idea in my mind for awhile about using polka dots as a background. I found a good YouTube for creating your own polka dot patterns.  It is quite involved so I will give you the link if you want to try it rather than repeating all the steps.

For greeting cards, they are fantastic but with images a little trickier to get a good match.  Having Fun!

Warp Text

warp-textI love creating greeting cards and often add text to my photos. There are so many fonts to work with and special effects. Thought I would pass along a clever and easy technique in Photoshop.

  1. Type your text, pick a font and color.
  2. Double click your type layer.
  3. Edit > Transform > Warp.
  4. On the toolbar you will see a dropdown with None. Click on this to discover many warp varieties. You can customize each one on the toolbar.

I have included the font and warp style for each of these examples.

Sunflowers with Texture

This is a lot of information and takes awhile to learn all the aspects of adjusting things in Photoshop and using textures, but thought it might give you something to think about! Sunflowers make great subjects. I had the idea of lining these up, but had to use a little ingenuity to get them to stand still. With water bottles stuffed with paper towels and other “vases” I could get them as I wanted against a nice green wall. The original image leaves a lot to be desired!

Started with a 2:1 crop for panorama format.

Then sampled the green background and painted over the vases, leaving the glass at the top of the far right vase.

 I added a blank layer and used the clone tool to paint the top of the vase into each of the other flowers.

I lowered the opacity of the blank layer which now has the 5 vase tops to about 70%.

The Text Tool gives you a new layer and I typed Sunflowers in Castella… adjusted font size and gave the space between the letters (called Kerning) a little more room.

Added the Cinnamon Texture from Kim Klassen’s collection… used the Hard Light Blend Mode in Photoshop.

Finally I felt the green background (which actually has more yellow in it) needed some tweaking, so I made a selection in PS using the Select > Color Range and got most of the green included… using Layers > Adjustment > Hue/Saturation and using the sliders for yellow, I was able to get a color I liked better which also makes the sunflowers pop!