How To Dress-Up Your Black & White Word Art
I love black and white word art because of its versatility. Used on a page without shadows it appears to have been stamped on your paper. It’s easy to recolor your word art. Most photo editing software packages allow you to choose the element and apply a new color. But, what if you want something more? Something that melds perfectly with your layout and is a small work of art on its own?
Photoshop is a great tool to help you create unique word art starting with any plain black and white piece you already have. Here are a few examples of what you can do with just a few simple steps:
1. To recolor your original in Photoshop, simply right click on the layer and choose blending options. Select color overlay and then change to the color of your choice. Try picking up another color in you LO for a perfect match.
Note: because the holly in this particular piece is not solid, you may want to play with the blend modes when changing the color to preserve the design
2. Dress it up a little – Using the magic wand set to contiguous, select each letter in the word “Christmas”. Use the paint bucket to fill with the color of your choice. Do the same with the word “beginning”. Because the holly wraps over and under the word, set the magic wand tolerance to a small number (I used 10) so that you only pick up the black letters and not part of the holly. Zoom it in to make sure you get all parts of each letter.
3. Dress it up a lot – Make your black and white word art match the kit you are working with by choosing papers from the kit to clip to different parts of the word art. If you are using patterned papers you may want to make your original selections of the paper much larger and resize them down to take advantage of the pattern, otherwise it might get lost since word art tends to be small. For this piece I chose a green embossed velvet paper and copied a selection and then pasted it over the word Christmas. Resize it so it fits just over the word and clip (Cntrl + G). Copy and paste your paper selection for the word beginning. Because of the holly, you will want to use your magic wand to select just the letters. Then with the paper selection you pasted over it chosen select copy and then paste. Your pasted selection will fit right over the letters without attaching to any of the holly. Create a new layer, and change the blend mode in the layers palette. I used “hard light” for this piece. Clip the layer to the word art and then using the paint brush, paint the holly leaves. Create another layer with the same blend mode and clip it to the piece, paint the red berries. Note: Both colors could be painted on the same layer, but I just find it easier to keep them separate. To change the color of the original word art without affecting your painted layers make a selection just a bit larger than the piece itself. Create a new layer (just above the original word art) and fill with the color of your choice. Clip the layer to the word art and then erase any portion that covers the holly to bring back the painted layers.
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