Today I’m sharing the first of the project life spreads I made with Ali Edward’s March digital releases. And I’m also trying something new. A quick how-to-guide to how to line up text boxes on a template as someone mentioned that they weren’t sure how to do this when I shared a sneak on Instagram the other day.
One of the new products Ali released this month were some 6x12 Day in the Life templates. I was obviously excited about these as 6x12 is perfect for me. I’m pretty sure I’ll be creating a mini book for my Day in the Life so instead decided to use one of the templates for a project life spread. It worked really well for this spread as I had lots of photos of everyday things, that might not have warranted a 3x4 photo on their own, but worked really well as snapshots of the weekend.
As the right hand side page was quite busy I wanted to keep the left hand side page simpler. This was the weekend we finally got the house that we made an offer on at the end of October (oh the joys of the English house buying system!). I decided to go large and use a 6x8 photo of the house keys finally being in our hands. Underneath I used one of the filler cards from the Celebrate Digital Journal cards, along with a simple journaling card with a chipboard piece from the Day in the Life mini kit.
On the right hand side is the 6x12 template. There are 6 designs included in the pack and I opted for the design with 9 photo slots and room underneath for journalingI picked my 9 photos and then used clipping masks to fit them into the grid. Then underneath I added text boxes to explain the details of each photo.
Which leads me onto my how-to-guide on adding and lining up text boxes. I’m no way an expert at using Photoshop so this is the way I do it and there might be better ways of doing this - let me know if there are!
OK so to start with make sure you have Smart Guides turned on. These will add lines (pink in my case) that show you how layers are lining up. You can turn then on from the View menu > Show > Smart Guides.
Next you need to add a text box (see yellow arrow on left for where it is in the toolbar). I’ve already added a few text boxes in this example. It doesn’t really matter where you add the text box at this point as you’ll position it properly in a later step. With the smart guides on you will see the smart guide lines (seen here in pink) as you drag out your text box. Again I don’t worry about positioning the text box at this point as you might want to change it depending on the text you add.
Once you’ve created your text box add your text. You can type into the box but I usually copy and paste as then I can check my spelling. I usually copy and paste my text first then create the text box in Photoshop so that I can paste directly into the box, rather than the other way round.
Once you’ve added your text click the tick mark to finish (top arrow). Don’t press enter (which I’m always doing!) as that starts a new paragraph in the text box. Also at this point if you want to resize the text box do so while you’re still using the text tool, by using the little grab boxes on the text box. If you try to resize the text when you use the move tool it will resize the size of the text as well as the box.
To line up the text box you want to change to using the move tool (see yellow arrow on left). And you also want to make sure you still have the correct layer selected (see yellow arrow to the right).
With your layer and the move tool selected you can now move the text box around to line up with the other layers on the page. On this template each of ‘the story of right now’ lines of text are separate layers. As you move your text box around the smart guide lines will move between different points. So I could have lined my text up with the top of the ‘the story of right now' text or centred it, but I opted to line it up with the bottom of it as shown in the photo above - you can see the pink line going straight across showing that they are lined up. Also once you’ve added your first text box you can line up all your other text boxes as well - which is the left vertical pink line you are seeing on this example.
I hope you find this useful and if you have any questions leave a comment.