I could not for the life of me think of what to title this post, but I am going to show you how to “cut” paint or other written or drawn elements to make them look realistic. Like this page!
The first thing you need to do is duplicate the word art layer. Just right click on it in the layers palette and select “Duplicate”. Now take the bottom word art and make sure that it is below whatever element you will be cutting your word art or paint from. On this page it is the frame. So I took the bottom word art and made sure it was the layer right above my background because I want some of my elements to be able to be on top of it. I am going to take the word art layer that is on top and make sure it is on the layer directly above my photo frame. I need one more word art layer on top so I am going to duplicate just the top most word art now. Also, the only part of the word art that is going to be clipped is the “moments like this” so I am going to select BOTH the top most word arts and use the eraser tool and erase “make me smile” from both of them.
You can see in this screen shot that now the top two word arts are just the “moments like this” I have it selected so it has a box around it to show you the size. You can click on it to make it bigger.
You might have to test how much you want to expand because everyone’s taste is so different! I always start with 10 or 15 and go from there. So decide how much you want to expand and then the marching ants will move out a little bit from the frame. Click on the top most layer of word art now and then click Ctrl and X at the same time. I did 15 when I expanded and was happy with how that looked. So now your page will look like this:
It is entirely possible that someone out there is reading this and thinking that they have a much easier way of doing this. If so, please tell me! This isn’t at all hard but there are quite a few steps. It’s easy peasy once you have the hang of it though. Definitely share if you have a better way though! I would love to learn!!