Wednesday, August 31, 2016

CS Blog Hop August 2016 Sunflowers

Hello everyone.

By now you must all know that the CS digital offering each month has changed somewhat dramatically but there is still lots and lots of goodness and versatility in the current offering.  What you actually get are the digital versions of the stamps, some of the embellishments, a 4 way  print and some other stuff but in my opinion the most important part of the kit is the color palette.  This month the Sunflowers kit does not disappoint in terms of color and I wish I had had more time to play.

Anyway, I am trying to decide what I would like to show you all this month with this luscious palette of colors and images.

One of the things that I should use much more often is the justify text tools in photoshop.  Most of the time CS comes up with wonderful stamps which are perfect for me to use in place of journalling (mainly because I am lazy) - Anyway I thought we could visit justified text this month.

As always open up a new blank document 12" x 12" at 300 ppi.

Now I always open up the Bridge and search for everything in the kit.

Time to go look for a photo or two to use. This time I am going to open up my temporary pictures folder which I keep on my desktop and select the folder called Copyright free images.

And here they are!

What I am going to do now is build a layout using one or two of these photos and the color palette and kit items from Sunflowers.  Back in a tick.

Found the picture I am going to use.

And here you can see all the Sunflowers goodies opened up with the photo.  I am sure you agree that the color palette of the kit will work really well with this photo.

The layout is made and I created a tag using one of the premade tags and filling it with matching background color.  Now to type some text and show you all how to manipulate it to justify.  Open up the sub-menu for type and paragraph and then click the paragraph tab and the lines symbol at the top right of the box.

That brings up a menu that has justification in that.  Click justification and the submenu will show on your screen as above.  Here is a quick explanation of what each of those controls does.

~ Word spacing the space between each word.
~ Letter spacing is the distance between letters.
~ Glyph scaling controls the width of the characters.
~ Leading controls the spaces between each line.

These are all things you can play around with to get your desired effect.  The settings you choose will depend on the font you decided to use.  Some of the more fussy fonts are much more difficult to deal with because the letters are all different point sizes.  This is not an easy thing to master.  It does become a lot easier if your journalling words and the space you are journalling in is are both of a reasonable size.  You can see from my box with text that my words just do not work for left and right justification using the font I have chosen.

To finish the layout I added the cute round cut out and placed a lens over the top of it.  I do hope you like my final layout.  Also I hope that you play around a bit with text justification for journalling.

See you all next time.


  1. Love this page Annette! You're right about the colors in this kit. So gorgeous! Have a great day!

  2. What an interesting many neat things you can do with digital. TFS!

  3. Annette I can always count on you to teach me something new! Thanks for the step out instructions, I'm saving this for later!

  4. Thanks Wendy - I enjoy showing how to do some stuff that is not used much.

  5. Thanks for explaining the text tools, Annette. I love the blending!

  6. I really love this digital layout Annette, so soft!