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Vertical Type Tips (plus a faithbook page)

After memorizing last week’s Bible verse, I decided that as wonderful as it was, it just wasn’t the same without the two preceding verses. So this week’s memory verse card has Ephesians 2:8-9, so I can put it on the page opposite last week’s card :). Here’s this week’s card using, of course, a quick page from the brag book by SMJ and Dani:


And in case you missed it, here’s last week’s memory verse card, which will go on the next page in the mini book I’m in the process of making:

Ephesians 2 verse 10

Last week the scrapbooks at Hobby Lobby were 50% off, so I bought this 5×7 Paper Studio album for about $2.50, I think it will be just the thing to hold these pages!

5×7 Album from Crafts Etc.

Photoshop Techniques: Vertical Type Tool 

OK, so let’s talk about the vertical type tool in Photoshop. This is pretty basic info, so advanced users can run along now LOL! But I know that there are many beginner Photoshop users reading, so this one is for you :)! As I have mentioned before, I am totally self taught in Photoshop, so it took me a while to figure out certain things. The vertical type tool is one of the things I didn’t notice right away, believe it or not!

Vertical Type Tool

Most of the tools in the Photoshop toolbar have tiny arrows to the bottom-left of the tool icon, this means that there are additional tools hidden behind that tool. If you right-click on the tool icon, a fly-out window will appear showing the rest of the tools. So, as you can see in the image to the right, the Vertical Type Tool is hidden behind the default Horizontal Type Tool. Using this tool is different than typing a line of text and rotating it 90 degrees to achieve a vertical line of text, because with this tool, the letters stay vertical instead of being turned on their sides. I used the Vertical Type Tool to type the word “Grace” on today’s memory verse quick page. I like to keep three tips in mind when using the Vertical Type Tool:

  • Choose a solid, wide, possibly decorative font  – think about whether each letter can hold it’s own on the page.
  • In most cases, use all capital letters, since this will ensure that each letter is the same height.
  • Keep in mind that the tools in the character palette still work with the Vertical type Tool (so you can add more space between the letters with the “Set the leading” tool, for example).  

To illustrate these points, here is an example of what the word “Grace” would have looked like if typed with the same font I used for the rest of the card (Book Antiqua), with only the first letter capitalized. Next to that is the word typed in all caps with a font called Extra Ornamental.

Vertical Type Examples

Looks better the second way, right? At least I think so :).

OK, I’m off to do some scrapping! I want to make a page for Shabby Miss Jenn’s challenge, so I can use the AWESOME freebie she’s offering :)!!!

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9 responses to “Vertical Type Tips (plus a faithbook page)

  1. mar1annec April 2, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Very pretty pages for your verses.

  2. Scrap Evangel April 2, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Love your cards. Are you doing a scripture challenge online? Which website?

  3. Jess April 2, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks Scrap Evangel! Nope, I’m not doing an online scripture challenge right now, I have just personally challenged myself to memorize Bible verses. I find that having the verses on a card helps me memorize them, so I decided to scrap them and keep them in a little book :).

  4. froginapot April 2, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Just the inspiration I needed to start faithbooking. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Guest April 2, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Thanks a lot for the tip. I didn’t use it myself yet. I love your Bible verses and the way you did it. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a wonderful day!

  6. Louise April 3, 2008 at 4:52 am

    My absolute favorite verse — and you’ve displayed it beautifully!

  7. Linda April 3, 2008 at 8:04 am

    Thanks! I, like you, am learning on my own and didn’t catch this tool either. It will certainly come in handy!

  8. Bonnie Hinchman Hudson, OH (NIN) July 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Would love to see you on Pinterest with sonme of your projects listed there. You inspired me to make a scrapbook with the many times I heard the Lord speak to me. It is called My Walk through life with my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

  9. Jess July 16, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Thanks, Bonnie! It is so wonderful that you made a faithbook!! Here is a link to my Pinterest page: You might like the “Bible Verses Blogged” board:

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