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Two Mini Tutorials: Text Over Patterns

I am still plugging away at my faithbook and my memory verse cards! Here’s the most recent faithbook page inspired by the Beth Moore Stepping Up Bible study. I have now made pages for 5 of the Psalms of Ascent, so I’m 1/3 of the way finished :).

Psalm 123 Faithbook Page

Credits: Happy Trails, by Shabby Princess

And here are three more memory verse cards, using the brag book and collab kit by Shabby Miss Jenn and Dani Mogstad. I love using quick pages along with the matching kit, because most of the work is done for me, but I can still add my personal touches.

6-7 Memory Verse Card

8 Memory Verse Card

9 Memory Verse Card

Photoshop Mini Tutorials: Text Over Patterns

Sometimes I like to place text on top of patterned paper or images, but that can make the text difficult to read. Here are a couple of ways I have found to make it work. Hope you find them helpful :).

First Method:

For the second of the three cards above, I wanted to place my text over a post card image from the Vintage Garden Fairies kit, by SMJ and Dani.  The problem was that the flowers on the postcard were too bold, they competed with the text and made it unreadable, so here’s what I did:

  1. I used the polygonal lasso tool to trace around the image on the postcard (excluding the outer edges and shadowing). I cut the selection to a new layer (right click> layer via cut).
  2. On a new layer (between the two postcard layers), using the same selection, I filled the selection with a light, neutral color I picked up (using the eyedropper tool) from the outer edge of the postcard.
  3. There were now three layers in addition to the background; the outer edge/shadow of the postcard, a layer of neutral color, and the image portion of the postcard. In the layers palette, I lowered the opacity of the image (the example below shows the opacity at 66%, but in the end, I set mine at about 44%).
  4. Lastly, I added the text using the type tool, then changed the blend mode to “Linear Light”, which made it stand out a bit more. Tip: Try out several blend modes on your text layer – different ones will work best depending on the text color, paper color and texture, etc. 

placing text over pattern

Second Method:

Here’s the method I used to place patterned paper behind the text on the last card above.

  1. I created a new layer behind the quick page, and filled it with a light color I picked up from the flowers on the page.
  2. I placed a piece of floral patterned paper behind the quickpage, above the color layer, and in the layers palette, I changed the blend mode of the paper to “Soft Light” and lowered the opacity of the layer to about 77%.
  3. I added my text using the type tool. 
  4. I added even more pattern behind the text on the right by duplicating the text layer, increasing the text size dramatically and lowering the opacity of the layer to 29%. Tip: I also “rasterized” the layer so that I could delete the portion overlapping the text on the right side of the card. This step might be called by a different name in other versions of Photoshop, but that’s what it is called in Photoshop CS3. Just know that once you rasterize the layer, you can no longer edit the text with the type tool.

placing text over pattern

That’s it for today, have a wonderful weekend!!!

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6 responses to “Two Mini Tutorials: Text Over Patterns

  1. sharon dale May 24, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    love coming over here to see what you’ve done each time I visit…thanks so much for these tips in PS…always great to try a few new things as there’s so much play with in PS!

  2. Pam May 25, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Jess, I just love your memory verse cards; they are beautiful. I like to memorize scripture; I print my verses on cardstock. You have inspired me, and I’m thinking about creating memory verse cards of my own.

    Thank you for the tutorials.

  3. Janet May 29, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Hey Jess, I just saw your flower templates at W&W. They are beautiful!!

  4. Catherine May 29, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Beautiful cards, Jess and thank you for the tutorials! :)

  5. Valerie May 29, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Great tutorials. These are very useful. I also love to layer text over patterns but I’ve never done it quite like this before. I love the look. I will have to remember to try this!

  6. Lil B June 1, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Beautiful cards and many thanks for the wonderful tut. I still have so much to learn! BTW, can you tell me what font you used for the verse card in the tutorial? Very pretty.


    Oh sure! The font is called “Jane Austen”, you can download it for free right here: http://www.dafont.com/jane-austen.font. It’s one of my favorite fonts! The font is actually based on Jane Austen’s own handwriting :).
    -Jess

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