Friday, October 16, 2009
Shadowing a word on the Gypsy
While I was on vacation in Italy last month, I used the Gypsy to get a head start on titles for my scrapbook pages. I liked the look of the Gypsy Font, so I used it for most of the titles. Shadowing a welded word on the Gypsy is very easy to do. It is similar to creating a shadow for a welded word in Design Studio with one key variation. In Design Studio you simply open another page in the file to work on your shadow - with the Gypsy you need to save the word in a file and then use "Open as Template" to start a new file and create the shadow. Here is a LINK to the blog post with a video I made showing how to shadow a welded word in Design Studio
It is important to choose a font that has a shadow option available on the cartridge. It is nearly impossible to create a perfect outline shadow by stretching a word - the center cut outs in letters like "o" and "g" will not stay in proportion. A shadow of a word is not just a larger version of the word. If the font does not have a shadow option, you can cut the word twice and offset the words when you adhere them to the page or card and create a "sun shadow" instead of an "outline" shadow.
I always create the top layer first and then create the shadow. By doing this I can be sure that the top word is fully welded and fit the shadow around it. When you make the shadow on the Gypsy you will be able to move each letter independently and will not have to "nudge" everything into place.
I will try to do more videos to show how to do the shadowing on the Gypsy - I am not able to get good resolution and a sharp image with the video of the Gypsy screen as opposed to doing a computer screen capture video for Design Studio but I'll keep working on finding a better solution. If you'd like me to post some more Gypsy videos please let me know by leaving a comment.
(I still have a sore throat and have been doing lots of sneezing but I had some naps and drank lots of tea and other liquids today. I hope I can get downstairs this weekend and cut some of the things I have been designing on my Gypsy!)