I’m always looking for easy ways to jazz up my fonts for digital scrapbook layouts. I’m a big fan of using fonts for titles because they are so quick and easy to use. I bet you will be surprised to find out how simple it is to fill a font.
Find some Fillable Fonts
To get started, you will want to have some outline fonts loaded to work with. Here are a few great fonts for filling, and they are all free!
How to Fill those Fonts
Select the type tool in your program and choose a font with an outline. I’m going to use Fenwick for this example. Type out the phrase that you want to use and then flatten the text so it can’t be edited. You can use rasterize text in Photoshop. I use Photoshop Elements 11 and all I need to do is de-select the text tool and then grab the corners of my text box to enlarge (or shrink) it. Once I do that the text layer is no longer editable.
Or I can right click on the text layer in my layers palette and choose “simplify layer” to accomplish the same thing.
Using the magic wand tool, make your selections of the areas you want to be filled. Hold down the shift key as you make all the selections you want to include so you can do more than one at a time. You will see a little dotted line outlining the area of the selection. We like to refer to this as “marching ants”.
Once all the selections are made, then go to the layer menu in the top bar and select “new fill layer” from the drop down menu. I’m using a solid color that I chose with the eyedropper tool. If you want to get really fancy, you can play around with gradients or patterns as the fill layer. Don’t be afraid to try different things – can can always hit the undo button!
You can also adjust the color of the fill layer once you do this step.
And that is all there is to it! The font is filled and it would make a great page title.