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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.