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Creative Text in Photoshop

Cynthia Beth Rubin

1. Open an Image in Adobe Photoshop

  • Immediately Give it a New Name
  • Go to FILE, down to SAVE AS
  • Save it as a .psd (leave the suffix in the title: bark.psd)

Give your image a nice easy SHORT name, without fancy symbols and NO slashes (/)

2. Type the Text

  • Select the basic TYPE tool in the menu
  • Click in the image area where you want text

  • The menu at the top of the page will change to give you Text options

  • Choose font, size, and color here, and then click on the

  • This Puts TEXT on your image as a separate layer.

  • You may move the text with the MOVE icon.

  • Modify the text or change the color by clicking on the text layer, which will bring up the text menu once again.

  • The text will be rendered once you merge down or flatten the layer.
    You will not be able to make changes in the text once it is merged down!

  • FLATTEN when you are ready

    SAVE any time!

3. Gradient Filled Text

  • Select the TYPE tool in the menu

  • Click in the image area where you want text, and follow steps above (basic text)

  • Choose the icon for typing the text

  • Choose a gradient (foreground to background color) and FILL the image area. Only the TEXT will fill! .

  • FLATTEN when you are ready

    SAVE any time!

. Image Filled Text or Negative Text

  • OPEN an existing image.

  • Select the dotted TYPE tool in the menu, as described above.

  • Click in the image area where you want text, and begin to type.
    You will see your image covered by a red mask - this is OK!

  • After you click on the , you will see an outlined text and the mask will disappear.
    You now have your text as a selection.

  • CUT the area of the TEXT.
    Or select inverse
    or paste the text on a blank background.

  • This text cannot be edited. It is already rendered.


. Layer Effects with Text

  • Follow the steps above to cut out text and paste it on a separate layer.

  • You may want to add a layer of solid color below the text.

  • Double click on the layer with the text in the layers menu.
    This will bring up dialogue box for experimenting with layer effects.

  • Effects are not rendered until you merge down.


6. Artistic Modifications of Basic Text

  • CREATE a layer with text as described above. This should be a second Photoshop Layer and not a Background Layer.

  • DUPLICATE the Layer

  • Use FILTERS on one of the TEXT Layers (it is usually easier to turn off the EYE on the layer that you are not working on). Gaussian Blur is a nice effect, changing Brightness and Contrast, or Color, is also interesting.

  • Change the hierarchy of the layers, so that the clean layer is on top, and turn the eye back on.

  • Modify the Colors or levels of the underlying layer, or add a layer of "transparent" color

  • Experiment with opacity changes and layer effects between the layers.

  • FLATTEN and Save

7. Combining Layers of Image Filled Text

  • Once you have Mastered the steps above, you can begin to DUPLICATE LAYERS of text and image for interesting combinations