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How to Create a Neat Text Effect in Photoshop

The text tool in Photoshop is what you use to add words over your images. But did you know you can do some pretty neat effects with it, including putting your image inside the letters?

In this video tutorial I will walk you through first the basics of using the Text Tool in Photoshop and then how to do stuff like this in less than two minutes!

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Would you believe it if I tell you that you can do all that without having to do any manual selections or tedious masking? Well it's true. It's really not hard – just watch and follow along with the video. If my non-photographer husband can do it, you can too!

Some key points to remember from this lesson are:

  • Make sure you add the clipping mask so the image applies to the text layer only.
  • Make sure that you put any adjustment layers (with effects you want to apply to the background), below your text layer.
  • To make your image easily changeable make sure you add your image as a Smart Object and use a unique file name for it (so you don't accidentally save over your original image files). To do that you can just open an image and save it as a new name like: Image-for-Words.jpg.
  • When you copy the image layer to make a faded background, if it stays as a Smart Object too it will also automatically update when you change the image above.

There's so much more you can do with text but this should give you some fun things to try out and play with. Pick a few images and make a poster. Please share what you make in the comments below – I'd love to see what you come up with.

Cheers,

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  • These techniques are so much fun. I used to do this a lot, but haven’t for a while. Picked up some tricks today. Thanks!

  • kerry

    Thanks again Darlene: Very interesting and well explained It would have never occurred to me to try this with text!

  • Keone Weigl

    At first I couldn’t get this to work, the down arrow showed up, but nothing happened. Then I right clicked the layer and chose “Create a clipping Mask”. Voila! it worked! Thank you Darlene for your help! I was able to create some neat artwork that I used right away on a project!

  • Larry

    I enjoyed the video! Thanks!

  • Larry

    Another one I did!

  • Really wonderful text effect. Thanks for sharing handy work.

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