How to Create Outlines of Letters Using PSCS5

This really is the simplest way to create an outline for printing. We use outlines to create stencils, or to transfer when we will be painting the letters a different colour on a project.

This version is using Photoshop CS5. You can purchase online or use their free trial option.

How to create outlines of letters using PSCS5

File – New – Size – Landscape 8×10 –

Click Text (T on the side panel) and select your text area by highlighting your workspace.

Choose your font, font size and alignment at the top. Type your desired text.

How to create outlines of letters using PSCS5

Deselect your text by clicking the arrow at the top left panel. Then double-click the layer on the right hand panel. (Highlighted below)

An option menu will open.

First use colour overlay to turn the writing white. Then hit the stroke option. You can then make the outline as thick or thin as you’d like. (You can also change the colour if you want to have a lighter outline)

When you’re done, click OK.

How to create outlines of letters using PSCS5

Done! You can now save to your computer and print to use for a stencil or guide, OR you can follow below to learn how to flip your image for transferring.

Ctrl – T – This will select your text.

Right click and check Flip Horizontal 

How to create outlines of letters using PSCS5

Now just save to your computer & print! You are ready for transferring an outline. Nice work!

See our post HERE about doing this using the free program, Picmonkey.


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