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Journaling in a Shape using Photoshop

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Journaling in a Shape using Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to add journaling in a shape using Photoshop on your digital scrapbooking layout. You can add text to just about any shape that you make, or just choose one of the preloaded shapes that come with Photoshop.

Step 1 – Adding a Shape

Start with adding a shape using your Custom Shape Tool.

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If you look at the top of your workspace you can click on the Shapes drop down menu and select “All”. This will give you all the shapes available.

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Step 2 – Drawing a Shape

Once you’ve chosen a shape, draw it out by clicking and holding down the Shift Key while you drag out the size you need. By holding the Shift Key, this will keep the proportion on the shape and not skew it.

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Your shape will probably be filled with black, change the fill to 0% so you just see the outline.

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Step 3 – Adding Your Text

Once your shape is drawn you can add your text. I find it handy to already have my journaling typed out in a text file so that I just need to copy and paste. Select the Type Tool and click the Horizontal Type Tool from the drop down menu. Then click inside your shape and paste your journal or begin typing. Your text should retain the shape that you’ve drawn.

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Chances are you may have to experiment with the font, sizing, and scale of your text to get it to fit within your shape. It probably will have some gaps in between words and may not line up perfectly. You can always adjust the justification in the paragraph settings to Force Justify so that your text goes right to the edges of the shape.

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If you have questions about this tutorial or would like to request a tutorial, please visit and post to the Tutorial Help & Request Forum.

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