Creative Team Member, Ulla-May, shares her Digital Die Cut Lettered Alpha Tutorial in Adobe Photoshop.
Digital Die Cut Lettered Alpha Tutorial
1. Establish New Layout
Create a new document with a transparent background.
- Go to File> New in Adobe Photoshop or Elements, then enter 12 x 12 as your dimensions and 300 dpi resolution.
- If needed, change your Foreground Color to BLACK in the Tools Panel. ( Press D).
2. Add a Single Letter
Create a blueprint or guide for you die cut letter.
- Choose the Font Arial Bold with the size 72 pt.
- Type and place an upper case ”A” (or another letter of your choice) in the middle of the document.
- Go to Edit> Transform> Scale and set the Wide and High to 600%.
- Press ENTER to apply the transformation.
- Go to Layer> Rasterize> Type.
- Decrease the Opacity for the letter to 46% in the Layers Panel.
3. Embellish with Multiple Fonts
Fill the single letter with a variety of fonts in different sizes.
- Change the Font to Arial Black with the size 84 pt and type another upper case ‘A’ on the document.
- This will make a new layer with this letter in the Layer Panel.
- Use the Move Tool and move the letter to the right bottom of the big ‘A’.
- Continue to fill your letter with a various of fonts by using both upper case and lower case letters.
- Be sure to place each letter on a New Layer.
- Use the Transform Controls to change the sizes so they fit in the big ‘A,’or go to Edit> Free Transform or Edit> Transform> Scale.
4. Unite All Letters
Group the layers and add a Drop Shadow.
- Highlight all layers, excluding the big ‘A,’ in the Layers Panel.
- Go to Layer> Group Layers.
- With Group Layers highlighted, go to Layer> Layer Style > Drop Shadow.
- Begin with the following setting and adjust as needed: Opacity 56%, Distance 42 and Size 32.
Add paper and textures to the grouped letters.
- Select a paper textured solid paper from the ArtPlay Palette of your choice.
- I used a paper from ArtPlay Palette Autumn Elegance.
- Place the paper above the Group Layer in the Layers Panel.
- With the layer highlighted , go to Layer> Create Clipping Mask.
- Stamp Texture Brushes on New Layers using the Paint Brush Tool from the Tools Panel.
- Go to Layer> Create Clipping Mask to clip each Texture Brush layer to the Clipping Set.
- You can also adjust the Blending Modes and Opacity of any of the texture layers as preferred.
- I used textures from TissueTextures No. 2, TissueTextures No. 5 and TissueTextures No. 6.
6. Finishing Touches
- Highlight all layers with textures in the Layer Panel and then go to Layer> Group Layers.
- Delete the ‘A’ in the bottom of the Layer Panel.
- Incorporate the two layer Groups and the solid paper layer into your layout.
- You can also merge all layers if no further edits are needed.
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What a fun unique way to adapt lettering. I love the finished letter, and look forward to making a few. Thank you Ulla-May, and Anna!
Wonderful page and excellent tutorial!! Thanks!!