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Cut That Out! + Some Big News

by Steph on 14 August 2012
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Alphas. Love them, hate them? I personally love them. They really make a title stand out. And I don’t even have to make the letters look cute, some one else has already done that for me, bonus! Now, how do you use your alpha? I mean do you like to open the whole individual 26 letters? I don’t. Too much going on for me. Some people like to open the whole alphabet on their LO. Way, way to much going on for me! So I am going to show you the easiest way to use those alphas- the All In One alpha sheet.

I think most alphas come with an all in one. I love using these. If you have never tried before, it’s really easy. I promise! I am going to show you 2 ways to use them. First with the marquee tool, then the lasso tool.

First open your alpha sheet. Activate your marquee tool hot key “m“.  Then use your cursor to draw a box around the letter you need.

Now switch to the move tool “v“. You will know it’s ready to be moved because the transform controls will show up. Now, simply drag that letter to your LO.

Now that letter is on your LO, on it’s own layer, ready to be moved and modified as needed! Isn’t that much nicer then having to open a whole bunch of letters? I think so. But that just me. And the less is better.

Now, you can also use the lasso tool to select letters. I personally prefer the marquee tool, but sometimes the letters are really close together and the lasso tool is easier. So, same concept- select your lasso tool “l“. Make sure you have the plain or polygonal lasso selected instead of the magnetic {you can certainly use any of these, but I find that the magnetic lasso sometimes causes a slight feathering of edges, who needs that?}. Carefully draw around your letter. Then switch back to the move tool and plop it on your LO.

Pretty easy right? Well, I have turned my LO into a QP for you! I used the kit Dear Ol’ Dad by NibblesSkribbles! DL Here

Ok and one more thing- I have BIG NEWS people! I am hosting a mega watt blog challenge this week!!! It starts on the 15. The prize is going to be fantastic! I love it so much, I wish I could keep it. That’s right, it’s something that I get to ship to your house! How fun is that? So, Check back here tomorrow for day one. And check back to the Studio, there is a whole Back to School bash going on! Lots of fun things!

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1 ScrappyMama 14 August 2012 at 9:21 pm

This is such perfect timing as I’m in the process of organizing all my Alphas & have been getting “bummed” when I open a folder & find only the full sheet of Alphas instead of the individual letters!! Now I don’t have to be bummed ’cause I know how to use them…WOO-HOO!!!!!! Thanks for the info & the QP too!


2 mischalaneous 16 August 2012 at 1:03 am

Another AWESOME tutorial! I’ve been avoiding the full sheets of alphas in my folders & now I don’t have to. THaNKs So MuCh, Steph! Also, just found the MEGA WATT Challenge- you’re right! It’s amazing! Thanks so much for all your work & for sharing your gifts w us!


3 Marguerite White 9 September 2013 at 5:49 pm

Thank you for the info and the freebie!!


4 Cesc 23 February 2014 at 4:16 pm

WOW! So elegantly simple. I’ve been avoiding all those nifty alpha sets for years because it takes so long to use them. Now I’ll be able to pep up my layouts in a jiffy. Thanks.


5 simone 2 August 2014 at 9:17 pm

WOW! is right this is marvelous, I taught myself Photoshop Elements, so there is so much I have not learned, I used to pull up the full alpa page then crop it out, paste it on to a png bg, then re open the full page again, repeating this till I have the letters I want, Thanks so much for all your creative elements and tutorial etc that you share with us.


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