DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS

HAVE YOU NOTICED THE METALLIC AND MARBLE TRENDS POPPING UP ABSOLUTELY EVERYWHERE -  BUT YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO INCORPORATE IT INTO YOUR SCRAPBOOKING? WELL I'M HERE TO SHARE A WAY TO DIGITALLY CREATE YOUR OWN TEXTURED ALPHAS, WHETHER IT'S GOLD, OR MARBLE, OR WOODGRAIN, THERE'S A TEXTURE OUT THERE FOR YOU! PRETTY SOON YOU'LL BE ABLE TO IMPLEMENT THESE TEXTURED ELEMENTS INTO ANY SCRAPBOOK, PROJECT LIFE, OR MINI ALBUM PROJECT YOU'RE WORKING ON! SO JUMP ON BOARD FOR THIS TECHY TUESDAY TUTORIAL AND COME LEARN WITH ME!

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DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR


WRITE A SPECIFIC PHRASE

THE FIRST WAY TO CREATE A TEXTURED ALPHA IS TO SIMPLY TYPE THE SAYING OR PHRASE YOU WANT TO USE, AND THEN OVERLAY YOUR CHOSEN TEXTURE FOR THAT PARTICULAR SAYING. FOR THIS, YOU'LL WANT TO CHOOSE A LEGIBLE FONT THAT HAS SOME DENSITY TO IT SO YOUR TEXTURE HAS PLENTY OF SPACE TO SHINE. I'VE CHOSEN TO STICK WITH HELVETICA NEUE IN BOLD. I SIZED THE SAYING TO FIT MY 4" X 4" CANVAS PROPERLY AND CHANGED THE LINE SPACING TO HAVE THE WORDS SITTING CLOSELY TOGETHER. YOU CAN PLAY AROUND WITH THE CHARACTER SETTINGS UNTIL YOU'RE HAPPY WITH THEIR APPEARANCE.

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR


RASTERIZE YOUR TEXT

ONCE YOU'RE HAPPY WITH THE SIZE AND SPACING OF YOUR PHRASE, YOU'LL WANT TO RASTERIZE IT. YOU CAN DO THIS BY ATTEMPTING TO FILL THE TEXT WITH THE PAINT BUCKET WHERE PHOTOSHOP WILL PROMPT YOU TO RASTERIZE, OR YOU CAN RIGHT CLICK ON THE TYPE IN THE LAYER PANEL AND THERE WILL BE AN OPTION TO 'RASTERIZE TYPE'. DO THIS BEFORE MOVING ON TO THE NEXT STEP!

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR


PICK A TEXTURE

IF YOU'RE WORKING WITH A SPECIFIC PHRASE, CHANCES ARE YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT PICTURE YOUR PHRASE WILL BE PAIRED WITH SO YOU'LL WANT TO OPEN YOUR CHOSEN TEXTURE IN PHOTOSHOP. THERE ARE PLENTY OF FREE TEXTURES AVAILABLE TO USE IF YOU SIMPLY GOOGLE JUST BE CAREFUL ABOUT THEIR USAGE RIGHTS. THERE ARE ALSO NUMEROUS DIGITAL RETAILERS FOR TEXTURES. KEEP IN MIND, YOU'LL GET A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT IF YOU'RE PURCHASING IT SO IF THERE'S A TEXTURE YOU USE OFTEN, IT MAY BE WORTH THE INVESTMENT TO BUY A SET ON ETSY OR CREATIVE MARKET.

THE TEXTURES YOU'LL SEE ME USE TODAY YOU CAN FIND BY CLICKING THE LINKS

MARBLE    GOLD   WOOD   COPPER   SILVER

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR


BRING YOUR TEXTURE INTO PHOTOSHOP

ONCE YOU'VE DECIDED THE PERFECT TEXTURE TO COMPLIMENT YOUR PROJECT, YOU'LL WANT TO DRAG IT ON TOP OF YOUR RASTERIZED TEXT LAYER. HERE, I'VE PLACED MY MARBLE TEXTURE ATOP THE TEXT LAYER TO COMPLETELY FILL THE CANVAS. ONCE YOUR TEXTURE IS POSITIONED ATOP YOUR TEXT, YOU'RE READY TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT STEP.

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR


CLIP YOUR TEXTURE TO SHAPE

WITH YOUR TEXTURE IN PLACE, RIGHT CLICK ON IT IN THE LAYERS PANEL. THIS WILL BRING UP NUMEROUS OPTIONS WHERE YOU WILL CHOOSE THE 'CREATE CLIPPING MASK' OPTION ON THE DROP DOWN. THIS WILL MAKE YOUR TEXTURE PERFECTLY SHAPED INTO YOUR LETTERS!

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR


THE REVEAL!

NOW YOU HAVE A PERFECTLY FORMED TEXTURED SAYING. NOW THAT'S ALL YOU HAVE TO DO, BUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF VARIATIONS YOU CAN MAKE WITH THIS TECHNIQUE SO KEEP SCROLLING TO SEE A FEW I CREATED USING THESE SAME STEPS!

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

MADE WITH THIS TECHNIQUE:

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR


CREATE AN ALPHABET FOR YOURSELF

NOW, IF YOU'D LIKE TO ONLY CREATE WORDS OR PHRASES SPECIFIC TO YOUR PROJECT, YOU TOTALLY CAN! HOWEVER, I LIKE TO CREATE ENTIRE ALPHABET FILES THAT I CAN PULL FROM WHENEVER I WANT THAT TEXTURED LETTERING. HERE, I HAVE A GOLD ALPHABET WHERE I SIMPLY FOLLOWED THE ABOVE STEPS TO CREATE A TEXTURED LAYER FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL LETTER, SYMBOL, AND NUMBER OF THE ALPHABET. TO ACHIEVE THIS, I CLIPPED THE GOLD TEXTURE TO EACH ONE (LIKE STEP FIVE ABOVE), AND THEN MERGED THE TEXTURE LAYER WITH THE LETTER LAYER ('MERGE LAYERS') SO THAT THE NEW TEXTURED LETTER IS ONLY ONE LAYER WHEN FINISHED. I THEN LABELLED AND ORDERED THEM SO IT'S EASY TO REFERENCE THE ENTIRE SET. YOU CAN SEE WHAT THE MERGED LETTERS LOOK LIKE IN THE BOTTOM IMAGE.

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR 

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR 

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR


SAVE FOR OTHER USES

NOW I RECOMMEND ALWAYS KEEPING YOUR PHOTOSHOP FILE SO THAT YOU CAN WORK WITH THE LAYERS YOU JUST CREATED, BUT IF YOU WANT OR NEED A SMALLER VERSION, YOU CAN TURN THE BACKGROUND OFF SO THAT THERE IS TRANSPARENCY SHOWING AND SAVE THE FILE AS A PNG (WITH TRANSPARENCY) SO THAT YOU CAN ALWAYS REFERENCE YOUR ALPHABET. TO WORK WITH THIS PNG YOU WOULD SIMPLY SELECT AND CUT EACH LETTER YOU NEED INSTEAD OF HAVING THE LAYERS ALREADY PREPPED TO DRAG ABOUT.

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

MADE WITH THIS TECHNIQUE:

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR


EVEN MORE USES + EXAMPLES

THE FUN THING ABOUT THIS TECHNIQUE IS YOU CAN PRINT THESE ON MULTIPLE TYPES OF MATERIALS. MY PERSONAL FAVORITE IS TO PRINT THE TEXTURED WORDS ONTO VELLUM AND DROP THEM RIGHT INTO MY ALBUM AS AN OVERLAY TO AN ACCOMPANYING PHOTO! YOU CAN ALSO USE THESE EXACT STEPS TO CLIP TEXTURES TO DIFFERENT SHAPES AND DETAILS AS WELL. I HAVE DONE THIS WITH THE SILVER CONFETTI CIRCLES, THE MARBLED STAR, AND THE GOLD PAINTBRUSHES BELOW - THE POSSIBILITIES ARE LITERALLY ENDLESS!

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DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DIGITAL TEXTURED ALPHAS | THE PAPER CURATOR


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THANKS FOR STOPPING BY! I HOPE YOU'VE FOUND THIS TECHNIQUE EASY TO FOLLOW AND USEFUL! IF YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO DROP THEM BELOW - I'D BE HAPPY TO HELP! TILL NEXT TIME...