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I am trying to make a carbonless invoice for a client, however I need to create something like below to 'blank out' parts of the invoice on the copies. How would I fill a shape with random numbers, in Photoshop?

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    – Vincent
    Jul 9 '15 at 10:14
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    I would suggest you reconsider the application of choice. Consider using InDesign or illustrator instead
    – joojaa
    Jul 9 '15 at 10:59
  • To be clear, you're designing your invoice in Photoshop?
    – DA01
    Jul 9 '15 at 16:17
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I am unsure whether you'd be able to create random numbers in Photoshop. You could, however, lay out a text layer with an externally created batch of random numbers:

  • create a text box much larger than the area you intend to cover;
  • paste in the random numbers from elsewhere;
  • using the Window > Character palette, set the leading to 25~35% of the point size--somewhat dependent upon the font chosen. So for 24pts text, you'd use a leading of 6~8pts;
  • Fill the text box with some more random numbers, as there's more space now;
  • Add a mask to the layer to clip it neatly on the sides;

For good measure, you can copy the layer and rotate it 90° and apply the mask to both of them.

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    I think this would be much more productive to do in illustrator´with the symbol sprayer tool. Come to think about it invoice screms illustrator or in design.
    – joojaa
    Jul 9 '15 at 10:42
  • yet, the OP explicitly asked for Photoshop. :)
    – Vincent
    Jul 9 '15 at 10:54
  • ...then maybe you'd better add that as a comment to the question? :)
    – Vincent
    Jul 9 '15 at 10:57
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  1. Create a new square canvas
  2. Create a text box containing 0123456789
  3. Duplicate the layer, positioning it and rotating randomly over and over again until you get the required uniformity and density
  4. Make a repeating pattern using a technique such as this.

Alternatively you could try creating a brush with the same text and tweak settings appropriately.

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  • Good answer. I would also add that you can use a layer mask or select a part of the pattern and delete the inverse to create a strip as shown in the image. Jul 9 '15 at 12:23

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