A Basic Guide To Turn Your Photo Into Type [Tutorial]

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Learning how to transform your photo into a type, so that the features of the image you want are revealed in type is quite handy and basic. The most effective and easy way to do is by using the type mask tool. Type mask tool has been present in Photoshop forever. We will look at some of the type mask techniques available for creating a picture type.

We will apply type mask technique to this picture, courtesy of Flickr.  If you wish to work with the same picture, simply right click on it and save it.

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Secondly, decide any words you would like to create a type mask out of. We will select ‘GREEN’ for this specific picture just to create a an example. Open the image in Photoshop and click the Type tool. Four more options will appear, select Horizontal Type Mask Tool.

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Create a new layer in the layer panel so that your text stays separate. And later on, if any changes are needed to be done, its easier to select the layer and put different settings on to it.

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Click anywhere on the image and you will notice that the image goes red. Type GREEN on it. Increase your font size to 150 and leave the rest of the settings to default.

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Switch to move tool and you will notice a type mask on the top of background.

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Select green as your color. This color would go in the back ground.

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Once done, click Select on the main bar and click Inverse or Shift + Ctrl + I. Inverse will select the whole area, put the type mask in front and the background at back. The effect is simple and quick.

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You will notice that the background is selected apart from the GREEN mask layer entered.

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Select the layer created and color the background using the paint bucket tool.

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After coloring the background with the paint bucket tool, simply go select and inverse just like we used it before. And you will notice that the background is deselected and the text layer mask is selected.

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Once you have selected the background layer, you would be able to move your text mask by clicking the select tool. Copy your selected mask layer by simply going Ctrl + C, create a new layer in the layer panel and press Ctrl + V. The new masked layer would be copied to the new layer.

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Double click layer three and layer style settings will appear. Right Clicking the layer and selected blending options will give you the same settings.

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Select Drop shadow and make the following changes to opacity, spread and size.

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We will also give a bit of 3D effect to our new mask layer. Make the changes to Depth, Size, Soften and the opacity in the bottom shading panel.

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The final should look exactly like this.

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Try changing the background color to any color you like, just by selecting the background layer (layer 1 in this case) and filling it with color using the paint bucket tool.

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[Photo Credit: SomewhereinAK]

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