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How to use a clipping mask to give life to your text?

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In this Tutorial, we are going step by step to see how to:

  • Add decorative fonts from adobe cc subscription
  • Center our text in the canvas or workspace
  • Give life to our font using flowers image
  • Use a clipping mask
  • Use background filters
  • Add fill Layer
  • Pop up our text using the Bevel and Emboss and the Stroke layer styles
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Add decorative fonts from adobe cc subscription
  • Photoshop is already loaded with great fonts.
  • Select Type tool Type-icon from your side menu
    1. On top settings menu, you see the selected font
    2. click on this arrow to see the available fonts
    3. scroll down to see them all
    4. In case you want something more innovative, click on the cc icon to go to your adobe cc account, make sure to log in, and select the font you like
  • After login in to Adobe Fonts, you will find hundreds of free fonts
  • to the right hand side you have filters to select:
    • Classification as Serif, Sans Serif, hand, Decorative
    • Recommendation as for paragraph or heading
    • Properties as size and contrast
    • Language
Adobe-Fonts-filters
Adobe-Fonts-filters
  • When you click on one of the fonts:
    1. You open the font family page
    2. This page for example includes 32 fonts
    3. They will be shown in a grid format
    4. That's an example of one of the fonts
    5. If you click on activate font, it will be automatically added to your Photoshop cc fonts
    6. Check Usage if you intend to use it commercially
    7. Keep a note that you have only a certain number of fonts to download so don't exaggerate and download fonts you don't need
adobe-fonts-activate
Center our text in the canvas or workspace
  • After inserting your text
  • To exit the text writing mode press ctrl+Enter
    1. To select the text surrounding box press V
    2. Adjust text size either from the font size on the top menu or by simply dragging the arrows at the corners of the virtual box surrounding it
    3. To align the text center relative to the canvas or work space. After the Text box is selected You can find the align tool in the top menu bar
    4. You can either make a selection and align text relative to it or align it relative to the canvas
    5. From the selection icon select canvas
    6. You will find the align icons highlighted
    7. Select vertical and horizontal center alignment

text-align-tool
Give life to our font using clipping mask and flowers image
  • Embed any flowers image from your computer using menu>file>Place Embedded
  • Stretch the image from corners using the mouse to cover all the text
  • Press Enter for windows/Return for Mac
    1. From the Layers side panel, make sure that the added flowers layers is selected by clicking on it
    2. Click on the mask icon which looks like a small camera
    3. You will see a mask icon added beside the flowers image thumbnail
Use clipping masks
  1. Right click on the layer name
    • You will open a long menu
    • select "Create Clipping Mask". You will find it near the middle
  2. This small arrow pointing downward will appear
    • It indicates that this flowers layer is clipped only to the areas where the layer below it has pixels (not the transparent pixels)
add-clipping-mask

clipping mask result

The result will be as the image to the right

Use background filters
  • Place Embedded another image from your computer from menu>file>Place Embedded
  • Drag this image to the bottom of the layers panel to be placed behind all other layers.
  • Stretch and position it so the part you need is the canvas
  • menu>layer>rasterize>layer
  • Trim to upper color
  • then men>filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur, adjust radius to around 6 pixels
  • then menu>filter>stylize>oil paint>, adjust all settings to 4
add background image
Background image added with Gaussian blur and oil pain effect
Add a new fill or adjustment layer
  • To separate the text more from the background we shall add a solid color fill layer to the background
    1. In the layers side panel, click on the round circle at the bottom that adds a fill layer
    2. Select the option of "Solid Color" which is the first one. Set the color to white hex "ffffff"
    3. Adjust the filling to 25%
add-fill layer
fill layer added

Result after adding a fill layer to the background

Pop up our text using the Bevel and Emboss and the Stroke layer styles
  • Return to the text layer and click on it
  • Then menu>Layer>Layer Style>Bevel and Emboss , or select it from the "fx" icon under the layers panel
  • Add an outer bevel, depth 400% and size 15px
  • From The open Styles panel click "fx" at the bottom left corner and add a stroke
  • Set the stroke to size 10, outside, color white
final result
Final Result

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