One of the most tedious parts of creating a digital scrapbook page can be opening individual letters of an alpha and dragging each one onto your layout. The Load Files into Stack script in Photoshop is a real time-saver in this department. Although digiscrappers are most likely to use this script when working with alphas, once you get used to it, you’ll find lots of other uses.
The starting point for this tutorial is a layout ready for titlework. You’ll also need an alpha that comes as individual files (as opposed to all characters saved on a single sheet). Go to File>Scripts>Load Files into Stack.
The Load Layers dialogue box should open. Make sure the ‘Use’ field is set to ‘Files’ and click Browse.
Navigate to your alpha and holding down the Control Key, click on each of the characters you want to open. Click Open.
Each file you selected should now appear in the Load Layers dialogue box. Click ‘OK’ to run the script.
Photoshop will work it’s magic and you should have a new canvas with each letter in it’s own layers. Hold down the control key and click on each letter layer in the Layer Palette. Click on the letter stack in the canvas and drag it onto your layout.
Now all your letters should be on your layout. Simply arrange, add shadowing as desired and your titlework is done.
- Use the script when starting a layout to load all of you ‘supplies’ on to a single canvas.
- Load several photos from an event all at once.
Here is my finished page.
Credits: Slink, Slither and Plod by Misty Cato and SuzyQ Scraps, Fonts: Kenyan Coffee and Splendid 66.