When using this technique be sure to save all your work before the process and in between steps. It takes a lot of memory for GIMP to run this process. You will be using the Path Tool, which looks like a fountain pen, and the Path Dialog.
Create your desired path, using the Path Tool, by adding dots (left click on the mouse) either free-hand or around an object. You will see a new path appear in the Path Dialog.
With the Text Tool type in the words you would like to run along the path. Choose any font you desire but keep the size smaller.
Click on the "Text Along Path" button found in the Tool Options. This may take Gimp a while to process. A pink outline of your text will appear along your path along with a new path in the Path Dialog. If the original text is in the way you can click the "Eye Icon" beside its layer.
Go to the Path Dialog Box and right click the Text Path and select "Path to Selection". Pink fluff will be around the selection. To turn this off click on the "Eye Icon" beside the Text Path. Now normal black dancing lines should be around the selection.
Add a new transparent layer to your image. From here you can use the Fill Tool to add color to the selection (you may need to zoom in to see clearly). When completed you can delete the dancing lines by using the Selection Menu and choosing "Select None". You should get a final product similar to this:
You can select the Pen Tool from the Tools Palette and create your own path, or you can select one of the Shape Tools and add your type around the outline of the shape. Next go to the options bar and make sure the "paths" option is active, then create an open or closed path.
Next Select the Type Tool from the Toolbar (Also open the 'Window > Character' Palette and select your desired text type and size) then place the cursor on your path. The cursor will turn into an I-Beam.
Click on the path and start typing. Now you can move the text along the path by selecting Path Selection Tool from the Toolbar and simply click and drag at the beginning of the text. Using this tool you can also flip the text to both sides of the path.
Stroking is a great digital technique that adds a line around any path. Umm – what?? In simple terms a path is the outer boundary, the outline, around an object (whether it be a picture, element, or text). When you stroke one of these objects it adds a line around it.
With stroking you can add the perfect mat to a picture, you can make an element or text look like a sticker and you can make a light font look bolder. And the added bonus: this technique is so easy!
I am a GIMP user so my tutorial will be in that medium; however, I included PSE directions for stroking (found on the internet) at the end of this tutorial. I hope that one of these sets of steps will correlate with your program.
First, determine which object (picture, element, text) you want to stroke. In this tutorial I am using a picture.
Second, determine what color with which you want to line the object. In GIMP your foreground color (Black is default) is the color your line will be. If you desire a white border, simply click on the switching arrows located near the color blocks. If you want something other than black or white, click directly on the color blocks.
The color menu will appear. Play with the slide bars and/or the intersecting lines to get your desired color. Once you have it press "okay" in the color menu.
Next, select the object you want to stroke in the layers dialog. Right click on the thumb nail so that a drop down menu appears. Scroll down and select "Alpha to Selection". (Note: By doing this you are defining the boundary (or path) around your object. You will see a dancing line wrapping around your object.)
Now, on the picture menu bar, select the "Edit" drop down menu and select "Stroke Selection".
The stroking menu will appear. Here is where you get to play with the type and size of your line. Usually for larger projects, like matting a picture, your number will be larger. In this tutorial, a solid color is being used. Select a number and press "okay". If you don't like the effect simply select the "Undo" option under the "Edit" drop down menu.
After getting the desired effect, go to the "Select" drop down menu and select "None". This will remove the dancing line from your object.
Here is the final product of stroking the picture.
You can follow the above steps to make an accent/alpha look like a sticker. To make a font look bolder, be sure your stroking color is the same as your text and that the stroke is no larger than 1 or 2 pxls.
Using PSE, this technique is super easy!
First, select an element.
Now, with the element selected in your layers palette, go to <edit> and select <stroke (outline) selection>.
Here is where you can play around a bit with the stroke. Change its width and color and position until you find your preference. You can also play around with the blending modes to add your own flare!
Click <okay> and see what you come up with. If you don’t like it, then <undo> and play around with it some more.
Try it with some text. After you type out the text, simplify your text layer and then follow the above steps.
Here is my layout showcasing this technique. I stroked the alpha and apple to make them look like stickers; I stroked the photo and some of my paper strips to give them mats; and I stroked my journaling font to make it bolder. Hope you find these steps helpful!!
Ever have a ton of photos that you want to showcase on a layout in a clean, simple way? I'm going to show you how you can quickly create many little spaces for those photos to go. We'll also be using a technique called a clipping mask, which you can see here: http://www.acherryontop.com/article?a=6965
We'll be using Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows version for this tutorial here, and creating a layout using Sweet Digi Scraps Fruit Salad kit.
Step one: I have twelve photos I want to use, so I'm going to make two rows of six photos each. We're using a 12x12 format, so I know the photos will have to be less than 2 inches wide, so I'll aim to make my rectangle less than that. I already have the general placement down - I know I want them to fit inside the red paper area. Use the rectangle tool (or any other shape or tool for that matter!) shown by the green arrow and create your shape.
After you have the shape go to the layers palette, right click over "Shape 1" and select "Razterize Layer".
*note* I always add my drop shadow on my first shape - if you'd like to learn more about those go HERE: http://www.acherryontop.com/article?a=6982
Step 2: Again on the layers palette, right click over "Shape 1" and select "Duplicate Layer". Repeat this step until you have your desired number of squares (in my case, 6)
Step 3: Make sure the move tool (keyboard short cut "V") is active, and select one of the newly created shapes. Drag it to the right side of the page.
Step 4: Here's where you're going to get to know your new best friends in Photoshop....The Align Tools! They area highlighted in the green circle. I use these on a regular basis to help me line things up.
Select all of the layers you want to align and disperse. Select "Align Top Edges" and then "Distribute Horizontal Centers", both shown by the green arrows.
Voila! Perfectly aligned rectangles!
Step 5: Now, these aren't the ideal spacing or size that I'd like, so I'm going to resize while they are all selected, and then repeat steps 3 and 4 until I think they are just about right. Once that is down pat, I'll select all 6 layers, right click on the layers palette, select "Duplicate Layers".
Now you can use either the arrow keys or the Move Tool to take the six newly created shapes and relocate them down below the first row.
Step 6: Add your photos using clipping masks (Ctl+alt+G)
Step 7: Embellish, save and print!
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