How to Create a Scrap Book Characters in Photoshop?

Most of the people find it very interesting to keep a scrap book nowadays. Some people keep a digital scrap book of their interest as well. For designing a digital scrap book, we can take help from Adobe Photoshop. It helps us to easily design and create covers, textures, patterns and creative fonts to make our scrap book interesting and fun to read.

Here in this tutorial, we will guide you to design your own scrap book fonts according to your choice and interest. Just follow the step by step procedure to learn it.


Step # 1 – Go to the File Menu

In the first step, launch Adobe Photoshop and go to the “File” menu. Click on the “Open” option from the list to open an image.

Open an image

Step # 2 – Select a Background Image

Select an image from the browsing window to open in Photoshop. Here we select the “Background” image from the menu and click on the “Open” button to load it.

Background selection

Step # 3 – Enter a Text

Select the “Text” tool from the menu and choose the “Abbey Medium Extended” for the “Fonts”. Select its size as “400 pt” and write any text. Choose its “Leading” option to “80 pt” and “Tracking” option to “50”.

Enter some text on it

Step # 4 – Open the Stroke Panel

Now click on the “Add a layer” button which is located at the bottom of the layer’s panel. Select the “Stroke” option from the menu to open it.

Go to the stroke panel

Step # 5 – Adjust the Stroke Effects

In this window, choose the “Size” to “15 px” and “Position” to “Outside”. Now click on the “OK” button to apply these settings on the layer.

Choose settings for the stroke

Step # 6 – Create a Layer

Right click on the “Reveal layer effects” option of the layer and select the “Create layer” option from the menu.

Insert a new layer

Step # 7 – Go to the File Menu

Now change the name of the layers as “Text” and “Outline” respectively. After changing their names, go to the “File” menu and click on the “Open” option.

Open a new image

Step # 8 – Open an Outline Texture

Select an “Outline texture” image from the browsing menu and click on the “Open” button to load it.

Select a texture for the outline

Step # 9 – Create a Clipping Mask

Drag the texture image over the main document and change its layer name to “Outline texture”. Now move this layer on top of the “Outline” layer, right click on it and select the “Create clipping mask” option from the menu.

Introduce a clipping mask

Step # 10 – Open its Blending Options

After clipping it, right click on the “Outline” layer and choose the “Blending option” from the menu.

Go to the blending option

Step # 11 – Adjust its Drop Shadow Settings

Move to the “Drop shadow” tab and change the “Blending mode” to “Multiply”. Now change the “Opacity” to “25%” and choose its “Distance” to “2 px”.

Choose its drop shadow settings

Step # 12 – Adjust its Bevel and Emboss Settings

Now go to the “Bevel and Emboss” tab and choose the “Style” to “Inner bevel”. Select the “Technique” to “Chisel hard”, change its “Depth” to “200 %” and its “Size” to “0 px”. Click on the “OK” button to apply these changes on the layer.

Choose a setting for its bevel and emboss options

Step # 13 – Go to the File Menu

Go to the “File” menu and select the “Open” option from the list to open another image.

Open another image

Step # 14 – Select a Texture for the Text

Now choose a “Fabric” texture image from the browsing menu to apply over the fonts. Click on the “Open” button to continue.

Choose an image for the fonts

Step # 15 – Create a Clipping Mask

Drag this image over the main document and change its layer name to “Text texture”. Right click on this layer and select the “Create clipping mask” option from the menu.

Introduce a clipping mask

Step # 16 – Add Multiple Texture Layers

Now create a copy of this layer and move it over the next character. Similarly create duplicate layers for rest of the characters.

Create multiple texture layers

Step # 17 – Open its Blending Options

Now right click on the “Text” layer and open the “Blending options” from the menu.

Go to the blending option

Step # 18 – Adjust its Bevel and Emboss Settings

Go to the “Bevel and emboss” tab and choose the “Style” as “Inner bevel”. Now change the “Technique” to “Chisel hard”, “Depth” to “100 %” and “Size” to “1 px”. Choose its highlight mode’s “Opacity” to “100 %” and shadow mode’s “Opacity” to “50 %”. Click on the “OK” button to apply these settings.

Choose a setting for its bevel and emboss

Step # 19 – Add a New Layer

Insert a new layer and change its name to “Stitches”. Select this new layer and move it on top of all layers.

Insert a new layer

Step # 20 – Select the Text Layer

Now select the “Text” layer by holding “CTRL” key from the keyboard. Go to the “Select” menu, move over to “Modify” and click on the “Expand” option.

Make a selection in the text layer

Step # 21 – Select the Expansion Amount

In this window, choose “10 px” for the expansion and click on the “OK” button to proceed.

Expand the selection

Step # 22 – Make a Work Path

Select the “Marquee” tool from the menu, right click on the main page and select the “Make work path” option from the menu.

Create a work path

Step # 23 – Choose the Tolerance Amount

In the work path settings window, choose the “Tolerance” amount to “2.0 pixels” and click on the “OK” button to proceed.

Adjust its tolerance level

Step # 24 – Open the Brush Settings Panel

Now go to the “Window” menu and select the “Brushes” option to open the brush settings panel.

Go to the brush panel

Step # 25 – Adjust the Brush Settings

In the brush settings panel, select the “Stitching 2” brush type which is included in sample files. Now choose its “Diameter” to “10 px” and “Spacing” to “500 %”.

Choose a setting for the brush

Step # 26 – Adjust Shape Dynamics

Go to the “Shape dynamics” tab and change its “Angle jitter” to “5 %” and “Control” to “Direction” from the menu.

Choose its shape dynamics

Step # 27 – Make a Stroke Path

Pick a dark blue color from the text and select the “Pen” tool from the menu. Now right click on the main page and select the “Stroke path” option.

Create a stroke path

Step # 28 – Choose a Pen Tool

Now select the “Pen” tool from its drop down list and disable the “Simulate pressure” option. Click on the “OK” button to apply these settings.

Select a pen

Step # 29 – Clear the Image

In the final step, press “CTRL + H” keys from the keyboard to hide the selection path and your Scrap book characters are ready to use.

Clear its selection path