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Epson Computer Tip: Monogram Letters
By Barbara Kotsos

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Monogram letters are VERY popular in the scrapbooking world right now. When you use Adobe Photoshop Elements it’s SO easy to make a monogram from any digital paper. Just follow these easy steps:

1. Open your digital paper in Photoshop Elements.
2. Choose the Text tool from your tools palette (or just type T).
3. In the Options for the Text tool select the Horizontal Type Mask Tool.
4. Choose a large font size (here we used 600 pt) and click somewhere on your paper. This will create a pink overlay on your paper – don’t worry, though, it’s supposed to be there!
5. Type your letter onto the paper. When you are done typing, you can move your mouse away from the letter and click and drag the letter around on the background paper until you’re happy with where you are “cutting” the monogram from the paper.
6. When you release the mouse button, the outline of your text will be selected on your patterned paper. Now you can simply cut (Ctrl+C) and paste (Ctrl+V) your monogram onto your layout!

This is so much easier than cutting out letters by hand!

You can even create a small matte to go behind your monogram letter. If you hold down the Ctrl key and right click on the Layer in the Layers Palette, it will create a selection around the letter. Then select Edit | Stroke Outline Selection. We used white so that it would be visible, but you could use the Eyedropper Tool (I) to select any color for the outline. You do want to make sure that the Location is set to Outside so the outline will be on the outside of the monogram. When the outline is created, hit Ctrl+D to deselect and your monogram will look like this.

Here are some additional samples of monograms used in scrapbook layouts. Have fun!

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