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Old August 30th, 2010, 07:30 PM
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I purchased an alpha where the letters come 6 on a sheet in a png file. Then there is another sheet for those letters that is leafy, and another scrolly layer. I do not know how to use these at all, and am a beginner and don't really know how to color things either.

All of the other alphas I have downloaded have had each letter in a separate file - okay I can work with that - get that - understand how to use them.

HELP! I think I need step-by-step instructions of each button to hit in order to learn how to use these types of sheet letters. Thanks!
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Old August 30th, 2010, 08:12 PM
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I'm guessing a bit because I'm not quite sure what you have but I assume you have individual letters on a transparent background (alpha=transparent). If you use the rectangular marquee tool just drag it out around the letter you want, copy and paste into the document you want to use it in. If you want you could make the selection as above and then Image>Crop and save the individual letter as a new file. Just make sure you save it as a png file to preserve the transparency.

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Old August 30th, 2010, 08:49 PM
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If the alphas and embellishments are grayscale, you can color them a monotone color this way. Click the Foreground color chip at the bottom of your toolbar and select a color. Then in your image, with the letter or embellishment layer active, press Ctrl-U to get the Hue-Saturation dialog (it's Command-U if you have a Mac). When that dialog pops up, click the Colorize box. Then you can adjust the color further by dragging the sliders, if you wish. Depending on what these alphas and embellishments look like, there may be other color effects you can do with them, but I'd need to see one first.

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Old August 31st, 2010, 05:00 PM
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I'm trying to save a letter with your directions and using PSE7 a box comes up with PNG Options: Interlace - None or Interlaced - what does that mean and how should I save it?
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For what you want to do it makes no difference so use None. Interlacing means that when it's viewed with a web browser it displays progressively rather than all at once.

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Old September 3rd, 2010, 04:03 PM
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I was playing around with cutting out the letters for each of the three layers of this alpha and it did work out great - thanks! However, I did that yesterday and today want to replicate the same effects I did on those three layers, but on a different letter (along with the other two layers) Is there a way to copy the things I did to the other layers yesterday onto the layers I am working on today?

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