Learn how to use a Photoshop custom shape and a layer mask to illustrate a concept in this video.
- [Instructor] In this movie, I want to illustrate a simple concept with a combination of a shape layer, which is the dove, and some type, and also of course, the layer mask, which is what is going to make it all work. So I'm going to come to my starting state and what I need to do is make a selection of the bird, so I will Command Click on its layer thumbnail. I see the active selection. I now, on my type layer, I'll come to one of my selection tools.
It doesn't matter which one. I can move my active selection, so I'm going to position it right here, and then I'm going to make that active selection into a layer mask that will affect the type layer. Now because I want to hide everything but the selection, I'll hold down the Option or Alt key as I click on Add Layer Mask. Optionally, I might also want to feather the edges of the mask, so I'll come to the Properties panel, and I can increase the feathering right there, just to soften those edges.
So very simple, very quick, and completely non-destructive.
- Illustrating a concept
- Modifying letterforms
- Creating distressed text with a displacement map
- Creating effects such as smoky or fiery type
- Painting type with custom brushes
- Creating print-inspired type effects
- Working with multilayered type
- Creating a type portrait
- Creating nostalgic type treatments
Skill Level Intermediate
Photoshop for Designers: Textureswith Nigel French1h 47m Intermediate
1. Simple Type Effects
2. Damaged and Distressed Type
3. Real-World Type Effects
4. Print-Inspired Type Effects
5. Type and Pattern
6. Type Portraits
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