Cut-Out Words

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Title supplies from The Daily Digi member exclusive kit Scrap & Snap

A trend that I really like right now are cut out words. I first noticed it on paper pages and now I’m seeing it used in digital kits.

So, how do you cut out text digitally?

Cut-Out Letter Fonts

The first thing you need is a font that looks like a cut-out alpha. Notice in the title graphic how the letters with holes are shaped (O, A, D, etc.) – they are completely empty. Here are a few fonts that I found that will work:

How-To

I’m going to use the Paper Cutout font in my example below.

First, type the desired text on a new layer:

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Using the shape tool, create a box behind the text. This will be the paper strip that we will “cut”:

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Clip your papers. The paper clipped to the letters must be the same as the background paper so that the effect will look like the paper strip has been “cut”:

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Shadow the paper strip using your usual paper shadow settings and shadow the text using an inner shadow. (For more on drop shadow settings, go here. For a tutorial on inner shadows, go here.)

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And there you have it! Cut-out text on a paper strip! Here’s a close-up:

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If you look closely at the layers palette, you’ll see that the text and shape box are still completely editable. If you want change the text, you can. You may need to adjust the size of the paper strip box, which can easily be done by selecting and adjusting just that box (and not the paper clipped to it). For example:

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The only “trick” to making this look realistic to to line up the background paper layer and the layer clipped to the text. This is especially important with patterned papers so that the words appear to show the background paper below without interrupting the pattern.

You can also do cut-out words on journaling cards, speech bubbles, banners, on photos themselves – the possibilities are endless!