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Friday, January 30, 2009

Tutorial for photo to text

I have a fun and simple tutorial for turning a photo into a shape filled with text.

Step 1. Start with a 'clean' photo...one without alot of background.

Step 2. In Photoshop, go to Images; Adjustments; Threshold and set slider where the photo looks best. I used a setting of 105.

Step 3.
In a text program, like notepad, fill it with the word(s) you want as fill over and over till you get this. I typed Dream On.

Step 4. "Copy" all of the text you made. In a new text layer "paste. " Open Character Palette to choose the font and sizes you want. I mixed it up with several sizes from 6 pt to 11 pt:

Right click the type layer and choose "rasterize text layer"

Step 5. Select the template layer and with the magic wand at a tolerance of 32, click within the white area. Now go to Select menu; click Similar to select all of the light areas. With marching ants still active, select the text layer from the layers palette. Hit delete to clear the excess text. Either turn off or drag the template layer into the trashbin. You can also flatten the image or turn into a png.

Step 6. (optional) I added another layer and made a gradient with it, merged all for this final result!

Have fun!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

February is here! Well, the freebie calendar is!

I remember when I lived in the cold north, I used to tell myself...just make it to February and it's only another one and a half months or so before things start to thaw. I hope everyone is warm, toasty and comfortable where they are.

I got my grubby lil paws on 'Smooches' and had been holding out because I wanted to make the February Calendar Freebie with it. This jam-packed collab kit from Amanda Heimann and Kami (Ziggle Designs) is available at Scrap Orchard. Image is clickable for downloading and the second image will take you to the site.

Just a reminder for those in the Amazing Digi Scrap Race (ADSR4) that it will eventually be Scrap Orchard's turn to host a challenge, but I don't know when. I have to wait like everyone else...no one is spilling the beans.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Awesome New Blog Train goin on!

We've got another really great blog train going on with one of Kami's slightly older kits, but before we get to that, along with Becky of B~Creative Designs, Kami has just released this adorable rocket themed kit called Rocket Doodle Do. I just love the colors and I had whipped up a LO in no time.

I have a girl...I totally overlook boy kits...shame on me! When I got the word we were doing Brag Book QPs with Ziggle Designs' Sk8r Kit, I was intrigued. Boy, was I blown away when I saw all the layouts from it. I hope you enjoy my little part. Scroll below the preview of the full kit (which will take you directly to the shop)...and while you are there, check out the awesome new look Scrap Orchard is sporting now!

Don't you just love the In-Your-Face colors?! Click here to pick up my quickpages:

Next stop is tiffany
If you get lost, here is the starting post:
ziggle ct: www.zigglescraps.com/mypeeps

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Great Race at ADSR kicked off finally...6 weeks of challenges. Here is the first one. We had to tear a photo into at least three pieces and include some journaling.

Paper (tinted color) from Santa Baby Dec SO collab; Tape strips from Mums the Word Add-on by Pineapple Plantation Designs; Floral trail and butterfly from Faerily Moonlit by Lorie Davison, Sweetheart WA from Oscraps collab Love Letters; Tear Action from Atomic Cupcake

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year + 2 freebies!

Hope everyone brought the New Year in OK. Georgie sends his New Year greeting. Georgie is my nephew-dog and he is so photogenic, don'tcha think? Read all the way through today's post to get 2 freebies, one from Kami on our CT blog and one from me.

Kami (Ziggle Designs) at Scrap Orchard has made a jam-packed GRAB BAG. It has two kits, two alphas, and some beautiful elements and papers among them. All for $3.00! When this offer ends these will all be sold separately, so go check it out:

Coordinating with the grab bag is a freebie of more papers. You will love how gorgeously well this all works together with the above Grab Bag. Check out our CT Blog to find out how to get it.

Also, I made you a couple Quick Pages with it which you can download right here:

I only touched the tip of the iceberg, so go get the full grab bag now before the price goes up!

And did I say..$3...that's all, for the whole grab bag! See you at the Orchard!