Day 4: I gave myself a challenge, and kept at it until I was satisfied.
First, I extracted a cactus shape with a curve to follow. I used the “Smart Selection Brush” (which I have only used in tutorials up till now), followed by the “Edit selection” feature with a paint brush, to extract the cactus. Then I used the pen tool and edited the nodes to get a matching curve for the title. Created the title on the path – I found it really helped me to zoom in when I was trying to anchor the text to the path. Used the sculpture effect on the title as an afterthought. Then went back to yesterday’s lesson and wrapped my journaling in an ellipse. And just for fun, I put a white shadow with the place and date text at the bottom. I’m feeling very accomplished right now 🙂