View Full Version : April WA Renewed!!

04-06-2010, 09:36 AM
Hey Ladies, Steph aka ScrappyCocoa here, I have talked to Kim and offered to take over this months challenge for her! So spread the word!!! I have never done one of these before, so hopefully I wont mess it up too bad! Here is an example of the WA technique that I am going to show you today.

I love the look of overlapping words. I love the burned edges to make it look "puffy". I use this all the time when a kit doesn't have an alpha and I want a fun look.

You can get the Black and white version of this WA HERE (http://www.sendspace.com/file/qn3xsr)
Ok, to make your WA look like this, there are 2 parts.

1. First pick your 2 fonts. I usually like to make the back font a thick blocky type and the front font a thin cursive type. I Clip a paper to both fonts. Make sure it is the same paper.
2. layer the words so the smaller word is on top. Stroke that smaller font so you can see the outline on top of the bigger word.
3. Make the stroke a separate layer. In PS you right click and then click make layer.
4. To make it look like the smaller font is cutting out of the bigger font, clip a paper to the stroke of the smaller font. {like you were using a template} In most cases it is the background paper. Make sense?

Now to make the bigger word appear "puffy" ~
1. Select the bigger word so that it has marching ants around it. In PS if you hold control or command while clicking the thumbnail it will select it.
2. Inverse the selection.
3. Modify the selection. Do this by going to select/modify then choose expand. Set the pixels to whatever you want. I usually do between 10-15 for chunkier fonts.
4. Feather the selection. Do this be going to select/modify/ feather. I usually set the pixels for the same amount as I did the expand.
5. You now have marching ants inside your letters. Use the burn tool {in PS shortcut O. It is the little tool that looks like a stick with a circle on the end} to darken around the edges.

And your done! Hope this was helpful and not too confusing! Please feel free to ask any questions, I will try and answer to the best of my abilities! Can't wait to see your LO!

04-06-2010, 09:57 AM
THANKS! I love the words you chose - date night is a priority in our marriage, and I always look forward to it... Love doing sweetheart layouts and learning new things, so this will be great. I'll let you know if you your tut works with Pixelmator on my Mac. Looks like it should be fine!

04-06-2010, 10:05 AM
I use a mac too! Yay for mac! We love Date night here. Hubs will die when he sees this LO all girlie like, since we were actually at a hockey game! LOL Well In the WA DL I included a layered form of the WA too incase some people couldn't stroke and create a new layer. Hope that it works out! Can't wait to see!

04-07-2010, 09:43 AM
Whoohoohoohoohooo!!! Yay for Steph!!!! Thanks so much for taking over for me this month Steph, you ROCK!!! I love the technique you used, see, I'm learning too!! lol

04-07-2010, 11:15 AM
Are you at all familiar with Pixelmator (wonders hopefully....)?
Glad it's layered, cause I have no idea what stroking is... just started learning the program with Kim's WA challenge in Feb, so it's all new for me!

04-07-2010, 11:33 AM
Okay, just opened up the psd file in Pix. and saw your layer names.
"night's outer stroke" Now I get it... stroke! as in, our first lesson with Kim! Feeling pretty blondish right now....

04-07-2010, 01:22 PM
It's ok, happens to me alllll the time!

04-07-2010, 06:10 PM
Thanks for hosting the challenge and the great tutorial..here is what I came up with using PSE 7. I hope it's okay to have used other words for the challenge.

04-08-2010, 09:06 AM
Looks great! Love how you threaded the ribbon through the big word! great job!

04-08-2010, 06:04 PM
Here's mine with the overlapping word art. I chose to do the same style, but two colors.

Java 365, Week 12 (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=55249&title=java-365-2c-week-12&cat=1059)

04-08-2010, 11:27 PM
Here is a sign I made using this technique.
Love Sign (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=55255&title=love-sign&cat=1043)

04-09-2010, 05:29 AM
Okay. We are definitely getting into rough territory for me this time. I had to do some steps differently that your instructions, but I did manage to get as far as 5 -marching ants within the borders of my larger font. However, I don't think my program has a burn tool, and I am really confusing myself trying to darken the edges somehow. My paint tools seem to be loaded with my font paper, and I don't know how to put something else on them, or darken it, or anything.... Auggggh! Is there any other way of doing this?

04-09-2010, 04:40 PM
CharD Great Sign!
Kelly the only other possibility that I can think of, would be to actually use a very soft brush at with a dark color and outline the WA. Then set that layer to overlay or something to blend with the word. Then you can erase the part NOT on the actual WA by selecting the word {not the blended brushed layer} then inverting the selection and erase around the edges. Does this make sense at all? I feel bad that I can't help you further! I am not familiar with your program at all!

04-09-2010, 05:07 PM
Hey Kelly... I took a trip down YouTube lane and discovered some good tutorials on how to achieve the dodge & burn effect in Pixelmator! Take a peek over there, there's tons more videos!!! :)



04-09-2010, 05:09 PM
And, wow... now that I'm watching some of these videos, this program can give Photoshop a run for it's $$!!

Also, if you're getting frustrated, you can always try out GIMP, it's completely FREE and some of the ladies here have started a new site, www.savethegreen.net, to teach you how to use it!

04-09-2010, 07:28 PM
Thank you for taking over this month; I love, love, love this challenge!!

Sweetness (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=55321&title=sweetness&cat=500)

04-10-2010, 12:03 PM
I made a piece of wordart, it coordinates with a kit I have coming out soon :D HEre it is - it will be on my blog as a freebie when the kit comes out!
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1073/Untitled-13.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=55340&title=supah-brave-7e&cat=1073)

04-10-2010, 02:39 PM
What a cute LO Monika, love it!
great WA manda!

Maurine Stettler
04-10-2010, 03:23 PM
What a fun technique, Steph -- I'm off to try this out. Do you mind sharing what fonts you used? I'm always on the lookout for new, fun fonts -- and I'd love to get these. Thanks!

04-10-2010, 03:28 PM
Here's mine (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=55358&title=wildthing&cat=1043). I need to practice with that burn tool!

04-12-2010, 06:10 PM
here is mine

04-12-2010, 06:19 PM
*ahem* I see how it is Carmen... you'll do Steph's challenge and not mine?! I mean, I realize Steph has a way cool technique she's sharing with us... and I'm not that cool... but, uh.............. :l

04-13-2010, 07:27 AM
Hi, thanks for all the helpful input! Just got back from holiday, so once I get the house tidied and the kids and myself back into our routines, I'll be able to get back here and show you what I've been learning!

04-13-2010, 01:41 PM
thanks SO much for covering the WA challenge -- glad i checked back again -- here's mine
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=55595&title=space-cadets&cat=all [/URL][URL="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/forum/../gallery/showphoto.php?photo=55595&title=space-cadets&cat=1043"]http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=55595&title=space-cadets&cat=1043 (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=55595&title=space-cadets&cat=all)


04-14-2010, 09:22 AM
I've tried for 3 hours in PS and PSE8 to get the effect you had with no success. This was what I ended up with and it was on a white bg but came in black. I'll keep trying. lol

04-14-2010, 09:26 AM
that happened with my 1st WA upload (also white background) -- it's black in the preview, but when you click on it to view, it does show white. i'm not sure why it does that.

04-14-2010, 11:25 AM
What a fun technique, Steph -- I'm off to try this out. Do you mind sharing what fonts you used? I'm always on the lookout for new, fun fonts -- and I'd love to get these. Thanks!

Sure the fonts I used were

CK Heritage for the cursive font and
Elephants in Cherry Trees for the big one. The big one is a free font you can get HERE (http://www.kevinandamanda.com/fonts/freescrapbookfonts/)

Great jobs everybody! I am so glad I took this over this month!

04-14-2010, 11:28 AM
I've tried for 3 hours in PS and PSE8 to get the effect you had with no success. This was what I ended up with and it was on a white bg but came in black. I'll keep trying. lol

I'll ask manda how she did it, she uses PSE7 I think! Sorry your having trouble!

04-18-2010, 03:50 PM
I've tried for 3 hours in PS and PSE8 to get the effect you had with no success. This was what I ended up with and it was on a white bg but came in black. I'll keep trying. lol

Feel free to let me know what you're doing step by step and I'll see if I can help! I use PSE6 but most stuff translates I'm sure!

04-19-2010, 06:05 AM
I checked in-app help, youTube vids, online Q&A forum, downloaded the manual I didn't know existed, etc, and I don't seem to be doing anything wrong, but nonetheless, my paint tools are all loaded with my background paper somehow. Don't know how I did it, and I am unable to change foreground/background colors. *sigh* I emailed for support, so hopefully they'll come to the rescue.
In the meantime, I have conquered the cutout part of the challenge, and am really pleased - the words do look like they're cut out of the same piece of paper!

04-19-2010, 07:43 AM
After grouching about it to my Hunny, he must have gone and prayed for me! I was somehow able to select generic grey foreground (I have no idea what I possibly did differently) and burn the edge of my letters, and it was way easy! Alright!!! Now for - the photo!

Maurine Stettler
04-19-2010, 04:44 PM
I'm loving all these word art tips! Thanks so much! You can see my layout here (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=56181).

04-19-2010, 08:25 PM
Not sure I did this right. I used the smudge tool on the large letters.
Shining Star

04-20-2010, 05:09 AM
TA DAAA! I did it! Although I did some steps a bit differently, your tutorial was great! I never would have had a clue how to do any of these effects without it. I tried to achieve the same cutout look that you were teaching us, but I did notice shrinking my word overlay gave a bit of boxy dimension to my DaTe, and couldn't resist...!


04-22-2010, 04:32 PM
Love it Kelly! Leaving love in the gallery!

04-26-2010, 11:29 AM
Here is my page for this month. Thanks for taking over the challenge this month. I have never used the stroke for outlining or the burn tool. So, I learned two new tecniques this month. Thanks.

04-27-2010, 07:52 PM
Here you go, great challenge, thank you

05-03-2010, 04:35 PM
You ladies rocked the house this month!!! Big, huge thank-you's to Steph for taking over the challenge for me this month!! You are the best! Mwah!! :DD

May's challenge will be posted no later than tomorrow, so stay tuned! :)