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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hi everyone.  I love using photos in my Silhouette software so I thought I would share a few tips on this fun technique with you today.   For this layout, I cut a title out of a photo that I dropped into the software.
TraciSunsetLayout

First, create a shape in your software that you want to drop your photo into.  Any shape will work, but for the purposes of this tutorial, I just created a 4 x 6 box so that it would be the same size as the photo on my layout.
Find a photo that you want to use and drop it into the Silhouette Designer Edition software.

TraciSunsetlayout1

Next, use the text tool to type your title over the photo.  I used a font called ‘Impact’ because I wanted the letters to be chunky.

TraciSunsetLayout2

Now, with both the shape (my 4 x 6), and the letters (SUNSET) highlighted, click on ‘modify’ (little icon with an M on it) and then hit ‘Crop’.

TraciSunsetLayout3

Now you will have your letters to do a print and cut.  Before printing, remember to resize your mat to 8.5 x 11 and hit ‘show registration marks’.  I used Silhouette’s white adhesive-backed card stock for my print & cut — I love the texture!
Since I wanted the texture to be the same on my photo, I printed my photo out using the same paper.  Then, using small pop dots, I layered my title over my photo to give the title a 3d effect.

TraciSunsetlayout5

Here is another example of a layout I did using this technique.  For this one, I cut out the banners from a fall leaves photo, and a tag out of a picture of my son.

TraciFallLayout

You can have a lot of fun cutting shapes out of your photos!  Have fun with this technique!  Thanks for letting me share with you today!

Shapes from Sunset layout:
Font: Impact
Shapes from the Fall Layout:

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