I love adding text or journaling to my layouts. It is one of my favorite things about scrapping. Not that I always love it in the moment, because at that point it just feels like a bunch of words. But down the road, a few years later, when I have forgotten some of the little details that go with the photos, I love to read it then. And it has proven even more valuable to my children! They love reading stories of when their older siblings were there age.
Sometimes getting the spacing just right can be such a pain and feel almost impossible! When I went to graphic design school, I was so excited to learn about kerning and leading! I thought I would show you the difference between the two and how easy they are to adjust!
Let’s start with Kerning:
Have you ever typed something out only to find that the spacing can be a little funky between certain letters? Maybe there is a larger space between the first capital letter and the next lower case or sometimes it has to do with the way some letters are shaped. Did you know you can adjust that one single little space? And it is super easy! Let me share.
So below is the word scrap. The top one is typed out with no kerning added. The second, I’ve shrunk the space between the r and the a. If you look to the right of the words, you’ll see my little character box open (to get to this little menu in photoshop go up to the top, click window and then choose character from the drop down menu. The first box shows the name of the font I used. Just under that it shows the size of the text (in this case it is 48). The box directly under that with the VA, that is the kerning box. It is usually set to zero. But if you place your cursor in between the two letters you want to adjust, you can click on the little arrow and then choose a number. You can also have the number in that menu active and use your up and down cursor keys to adjust.
Now let’s talk for a moment about leading.
I actually use leading more than I use kerning. It is especially helpful when putting text on a lined journal card or template element. The top text is with the auto spacing on. I have it set at 12pt for the text and it automatically spaces it for that 12pt spacing. But sometimes you want wider spacing between lines. To do that, look at the little character box below, next to the box for the 12pt font, there is a box with two A’s on top of each other and a little arrow. With your text highlighted, click on the arrow and choose which text size you want to use to increase or decrease your spacing.
And that’s it! Super simple, right? No more typing a line and then getting a new line of text to do the next line. Or is that only me that used to do that?
Here is a layout I made, using January’s kit and one of the new Journal cards (just released today). I used a fabulous handwriting font, one of my favorites, for the text! It is the Fields of Wildflowers Font and only a dollar over at The Hungry Jpeg! Such a great font to have on hand!
Next, I have the new products in my shop to show you! I’m very excited about these! They coordinate beautifully with all the January products! Just click on the previews to purchase!
of if you haven’t purchased the two kits yet or last week’s templates, you can buy the whole bundle for only $16!