Type Mask Cutouts

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This tutorial is intended for a beginner to learn about Type Masks.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Photoshop CS or CS2.  You may download a free trial at Adobe.

For CS3 instructions

Remember to save as a .psd file often!

You will need two photos.

We have learned where we can use quick masks to make selections that hide certain features.  You can create a mask out of a type layer and do the same.

1.  Open up the photo that you wish to place on the bottom layer (this will be the photo that shows through your text).  Image > Duplicate.

2.  Resize as necessary.  Image > Resize.   Then sharpen if you resized:  Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen

3.  Open up the second photo.  With the rectangle Selection marquee, draw a selection around the part of the image you wish to use.  Edit > Copy.

4.  Click back on your first image.  Edit > paste

5.  Click on the arrow for the Text tool and choose Horizontal Type Mask Tool

6.  Choose your font, and make the color Black.  Type in your word.  I recommend a fairly thick font.  you can see the effect better.  I used  Plump MT for my font.  Click the CHECK to apply the text.

7.  Choose the Rectangular Marquee Tool

8.  Draw a box around the Text and it will turn to selected text.  You can drag this around with your cursor and move the selection to any position in your picture.

9.  In the Layer Palette, right-click on the layer and choose Blending Options.  Click on the WORDS  Drop Shadow.  Apply these settings:  Blend Mode = Multiply, black, Opacity = 75%, angle = 30 , distance = 5, spread = 0, size = 5.

10.  Layers > merge Visible

11.  Save this as a JPEG.  File > Save As.




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