Warping Text to fit Image…Great Outcome for my Cross Key Chain

This was made the other day….
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It’s a pretty sturdy key chain!

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It turned out pretty neat.  I LOVE the glitter vinyl I bought to use on these key chains. It turned out very pretty. It was the first time I bought glitter vinyl and now I wonder why I ever used everything else!

I have never been the type of person who can just throw something together when I make crafty things. I go through a very specific process:

  1. Light bulb moment where an idea comes to me or I am inspired by something or someone.
  2. Brainstorming. What do I want it to look like? What is the best way to achieve what I want? What materials do I need?  A lot of this phase is mental and thinking through what needs to happen.
  3. Design. Brainstorming kinda runs into this phase naturally. Often times I am trying to draw or move around images to figure out what I want, which evolves into my design.
  4. Prototype. Okay, maybe I just create an sample, but I like the word prototype. It sounds fancy.  During this phase, I figure out if what I planned is really realistic. We all know that there are many examples of times when we think things in our head that turns out another way when executing the idea. This happens to me all the time when cooking, I think something is going to taste great, then my taste buds are let down.  Back to the point…I just tinker with my physical materials slowly because I don’t want to waste supplies if it doesn’t work.
  5. Create! If I find that my small sample actually seems to be working in real life, then I create!

Today’s post I really want to show case how I designed it in Photoshop.  This skill is pretty easy, but looks complicated! First, let me say I’m sure there are a million other methods. This is just the one that worked for me.

In Photoshop, I opened up the image of my acrylic crosses, which came from my acrylic supplier, then typed the words I wanted to fit to my image.   I find that it looks best when using all capitol letters since they fill in the spaces better.

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Change the text to a smart object.2

From here you are going to transform the word(s) by warping the text.3

To warp the text, you literally just pull the text to where you want it to go. Click anywhere in the box and drag it! I usually start with the left and right edges, then work towards the middle.4

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After I designed the key chain in Photoshop, I used my Cricut to cut it out of the purple glitter vinyl.  Even though I use good vinyl that sticks really well, I didn’t want to take the chance of the vinyl coming off or getting damaged from going in and out of my purse, so I gave it a clear protective layer of enamel.

 

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