Today’s tool tip comes to you from the awesome folks at MyDigitalStudio.net
This site is a great resource for ideas for your digital scrapbooks as well as a place to show off your fabulous creations!
One of my (many) favorite features of MDS 2 is full-wrap cover designing. The beauty lies in the fact that you can have photos, DSP, and any other elements spanning from the front cover, across the spine, and onto the back cover. It also means that you can use ANY font on your computer for your photobook or journal spine text.
Here are some quick steps to get you started:
1. Change your project viewing option to page spread view
2. Add any elements to your cover that you want to span across the spine
3. Select that element and right-click. Select the last option called “Span Pages.” If you want to add text to your spine, you would add your text box. Rotate 90 degrees. And, then right click and select “Span Pages.”
4. You can use the new smart guides functionality of MDS 2 to clearly mark your center line.
5. Move any text, embellishments, DSP, stamps, etc where you want them and you are done.
Notice the gray bleed area above and how I left a LOT of white space on both sides. Photobooks can have anywhere from 22-100 pages, which change the depth of the book and therefore affect how much spine space you have to design. There is also natural deviation when machines cut the paper for the spines. For the best result, leave yourself a good amount of space.
This is a tip I know I use and I think you’ll dig it as well! What do you think? Did you learn something new today?