Fresh Solutions for Your Scenic Photos

Hello CK friends, Cindy Tobey here! How is your summer going? Have you done any traveling? If you have, and you’re like me, you probably returned home with a lot of photos, and I’d guess there are some scenic photos amongst them. That’s what I’m here to talk about today, those scenic photos that we all love to take while traveling.

In my article, “The Scenic View,” featured in the Summer Fun & Travel special issue, you’ll find fresh solutions from several designers for taking and using scenic photos. Today I’m going to focus on one of those solutions.

Cut your page title from a scenic photo! This technique is so fun and easy, and produces a truly unique title. Make the most of your scenic photo by creating a mask before you cut to get just the right positioning of the photo within your title letters. Notice how I used a scenic photo for the word “Summer” on my layout below? Pictured within the letters is the top of a tall sand dune. If the letters were cut from a lower portion of the photo all you would see is sand, giving a totally different feel to the title.


Summer Outing by Cindy Tobey, as seen in the Summer Fun & Travel special issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, page 32.

You can easily create a mask by hand. Print your title, cut out the letters, and use the paper with letters cut out as a mask over your photo. For a solution that’s easier still and takes less time, use computer software to create your mask. Here’s how you can create your own text mask using Photoshop Elements.

Open your scenic photo in PSE.

Select a nice bold font and type your title at the desired size.

With your text layer selected click on the background with the Magic Wand tool. Be sure to also select the negative space of letters such as the center of the letter “o.” The background is now selected excluding the text.

Go to LAYER > NEW > LAYER to create a new layer. Name your new layer “Mask” and click OK.

Make sure the background excluding the text is still selected and fill the background of the Mask layer with black using the Paint Bucket tool.

Click the eye icon to the left of your type layer to hide it. Now you should see your photo within the title letters.

Click on the mask to move the title to the position you prefer.

Make sure the background excluding the text is still selected. Click the eye icon to the left of your Mask layer to hide it. Click on Background (photo) layer. Go to EDIT > DELETE. You should be left with the photo just inside the title letters.

Print your title and cut out the letters to add to your page.

I hope you’ll give this technique a try and be sure to check out my “Scenic View” article for a lot more scenic photo ideas!

Happy summer scrapping!

Cindy Tobey, contributing writer

P.S. Don’t forget Free Font Friday! Download the CK Summer Days font for free.

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9 Responses to Fresh Solutions for Your Scenic Photos

  1. Kim Watson says:

    I LOVED this page when I saw it in the Summer fun & Vacation issue. Your title treatment is amazing!

  2. {vick} says:

    That’s the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time

  3. Teresa F says:

    Cute I love it great for summer pages

  4. Elizabeth P says:

    I took dozens of pictures in the Badlands of South Dakota, and I knew nobody would want to see every single one. Titling the page this way would be amazing with all the different colors and striping in the rock formations !. I don’t have PSE, but I might try my Cricut. Thanks so much for sharing !!

  5. Susan B says:

    Thanks for sharing this idea. Often I print duplicate photos and only use one of them. I don’t like the idea of throwing the unused photo away. I will save them now and use them for letters and other embelishments. Love this….

  6. Pamela Young says:

    Cindy, you are a star! I love it! :)

  7. Kim Thomas says:

    I loved the idea! I would have just cut them out of the photo paper, very clever!!! Also, I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the “Material Girl” class at CKC Valley Forge. It was such a cute layout. Thank you!

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