[Weekly Mojo Series] Tutorial: Cutout Text

Here in the South, we’re finishing up our final vacations of the summer season and getting ready to head back to school. As you get your vacation prints ordered, here’s another great idea to put panoramic or landscape photos to use in your home decor.

I really love the look of these canvas projects; Amy Lou offers an awesome tutorial for creating a text-based home decor project on her blog. However, you can also duplicate the look with digital papers and a photo-editing program like Photoshop Elements. Here’s how to make it work in just a few easy steps:

Step 1: Open up a 12×12 canvas in your program. Resize a photo to 12×12 on this canvas and then place a painted digital paper on top of it (I used a paper from my Be You digital kit.)

Step 2: Choose a bulky font (I used Lemondrop) and type your message on a new layer. I used a quote from one of my favorite books — it’s one that always reminds me of the beautiful colors of fall.

Step 3: Use the Magic Wand Tool to select one of the letters in your text. Right click and select “similar.” This will select the rest of the text.

Step 4:  With the text still selected, make sure your painted paper layer is the active layer. Choose “Delete” on your keyboard. This will delete the spaces underneath your alpha layer, creating a cutout text look. Follow up by deleting the entire text layer.

            

I finished up my project by adding a couple of extra pictures in dimensional photo frames, but you can just as easily order 12×12 prints of the plain image.

Make sure you check out our printing options in a variety of sizes. 
Until next week, keep the mojo flowin’!
August 3, 2012
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