Type as a Design Element

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Use Dingbat Fonts to Make Shapes

When you find yourself stumped searching for the perfect paper, type can solve the problem. Backgrounds customized with your own words, font choices, and colors can help you create a very personal look. Nia Reddy used Photoshop to design a background for this page about her son, combining font sizes and weights for a great look.

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  1. Using the Layers palette in Photoshop, start with a solid green background. Create a new layer for the large text and change the text color to a lighter shade of green. Make a third layer for the smallest text and change the text to an even lighter green, leaving the title white. Create a fourth layer and use a dingbat font to make the large handprint. Center it in your printed text.
  2. Print the document. Then change the greens in each layer, making the light greens dark and vice versa. Then print another copy of the page.
  3. Cut a hand shape from the second copy. Adhere it to the darker background with adhesive foam to give it dimension.

SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts: You Can Make Your Own Font (small type) off the Internet, Arial Bold (large type), High Tide (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket, Wingdings (hand). Punch: Marvy Uchida. Design: Nia Reddy.


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