Posted 03 February 2012 - 04:23 PM
I've got a question about alphas. Let's say I am doing a page and I want a title of "Grandma's 80th Birthday." I open my alpha file. Do I need to drag and drop each letter onto the spread, and then arrange them and resize them individually? Is there an easy way to do this? Is there, say, a way to "type" the words I want?
Wondering if there are any shortcuts on this one.
Posted 03 February 2012 - 04:43 PM
What I do is open up a blank document and drag/drop the letters I need there. Then I rearrange them the way I want them to appear on my finished Layout. If it is good to go, then I merge the letters into one layer, crop it, and then drag that new title art onto my finished LO.
Posted 03 February 2012 - 05:01 PM
Posted 03 February 2012 - 05:20 PM
Posted 03 February 2012 - 05:58 PM
Hope that helps!
Posted 03 February 2012 - 06:10 PM
A trick for resizing them easily is that once you have all of the letters on your layout, select all of the alpha layers by holding down your shift key while you click on each one. Then you can resize them as a group.
Hope that helps!
Yup.. That's what I do.. Then again, I've also used Becky's tip too!
Posted 03 February 2012 - 06:47 PM
Posted 03 February 2012 - 07:15 PM
Press CTRL + D to de-select the area. Re-select the PNG sheet layer again in the layers palette, press M for marquee, and repeat for the next letter. When you're done, select all the layers of the individual letters in the layers palette and re-size them as needed. Don't merge them down to one layer or one layer per word until you've gotten the letter to letter placement all tweaked and tuned.
Once you're done, the PNG sheet layer can be removed from the workspace. You may find this technique faster sometimes; back in the day, alphas sometimes came only as sheets. Hope this helps!
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Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:26 PM
Posted 03 February 2012 - 10:35 PM
I have not thought of making favorite words out of my alphas and storing them, Cool!!
I've done that a few times when making words for a title. I'll save them with the kit as Word Art. :-)
Posted 04 February 2012 - 07:44 AM
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