Hi there, Stefanie here! I love pairing an alpha with a font to create a more interesting title. And I’ll show you how I create a sticker from a font.
I am using Photoshop Elements 11, I used DJB Bailey at a large size in a new document. Make sure it is the correct size, if you change the size after you simplify it, it can pixelate, or give a less stellar result. Right-click on the thumbnail of the text image and choose simplify.
Create a new layer just below the text layer and ensure that your foreground layer is white (this colour will be the sticker outline of your item) I am doing this on a text layer, but you can do the same this on an unshadowed element too.
Ctrl & Right click on the thumbnail in the layers panel again and you will see marching ants around your selection.
Select, modify, expand by 10 pixels.
Paint bucket tool (or quick key K) and click inside your marching ants selection will fill this area with white.
Ctrl-D deselects and your action is approved.
I like to link the layers together and add a paper drop shadow to the bottom white layer only.
If you Ctrl-click on the Fx (effects) of your new white layer and move your mouse, the shadow will also move and you can play around with this to give your sticker the effect that it is lifting off from one side or the other.
For my layout I used going tropical by Digital Scrapbook Ingredients.
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