This is a really simple trick to creating an ordinary photograph with some text into an engaging image. I also have a GIMP version!
See-Through Text Effect in Photoshop
- Open your chosen image in Photoshop
- Now, add a New Layer – Fill with a colour that matches:
- I used a Dark Blue: 1a2932
Starting-Photograph and Colour (Click to view larger)
2. Adding Text
- Grab the Text Tool – make a text box, same size as image
- Type your ‘text’ in capitals
- Settings: Font: Gill Sans Ultra Bold, Size: 720px, Justify: Right, Spacing: 600, -100, (Dependent on image size, mine is: 4592×3506 pixels)
- Space out your text best as possible, as shown:
- Click the image to check settings:
Adding Text (Click to view larger)
- Now on Text layer, go Right Click –> Rasterize Layer
- Then, go Select –> Color Range…
- Click on text, with 0 Fuzziness:
Selecting Text (Click to view larger)
3.b. Add Vector Mask (UPDATE)
- Select your Text Layer while holding Ctrl/Cmd:
- Then select your Image Layer (make sure it is unlocked – double click), and Add Vector Mask:
- Uncheck the Text Layer and make sure you have the same layer arrangement as below:
Add Vector Mask
3.c. Create Clipping Mask (Update-thanks to Kevin)
- Have your layers arranged in the order below: Photo, Test, Background Colour
- Then simply, select your Image Layer (make sure it is unlocked – double click), and ‘Right Click’ > Create Clipping Mask:
- Thanks Kevin for the detailed advice!
Create Clipping Mask on Photo
4. Deleting Text
- Now, delete Text
- Then on Colour layer: Press delete again (same selection)
- You should now have a see-through text outline and the photograph below!
Deleting Text (Click to view larger)
Download the PSD!
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