Monday, October 31, 2011

Picture This: How to turn a photo into text

Guest Post by Key & Bones

I love words, but sometimes they look better in a hot outfit. Don't we all? Here's how to get from lovely to

Step 1. Start with an image you love. Broad gradients tend to work best, but never be afraid to experiment.

Step 2. Open the image in Photoshop and type your words. Thick fonts work well. If you’re bored with your font selection, check out (and get comfortable ‘cuz you’ll be there for awhile).
Ok, should look something like this:

Step 3. Make a copy of your background layer: Layer > New > Layer from Background. If it doesn’t go on top of the text layer automatically, put it there. It should look like your text disappeared and you’re back to the original image. But really, we’re almost there.

Step 4. Go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask. It should make the letters appear where the photo was. Don't see it? Click the eye icon on your Background Layer to make it invisible.

Step 5. Play around! Move the text (or the background copy). Add a new, visible background image for juxtaposition. Change the hue, saturation or lighness of your original. Once you’ve mastered the basics, variations are endless — good luck!


EveryGreatDay said...

I just found your blog through a pintrest post (which I actually haven't been able to find. (
If you could let me know where to find this post that would be awesome! Love your site though! I am your latest follower :) said...

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