Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Masking with a clipping mask, part of Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials.
Here to my mind is the best way to create a type mask.…We want to see this image inside of the letter shapes.…So what we want is a clipping mask, and to do that--and this is the slightly…counterintuitive part of it--…I find the type actually needs to go underneath the picture layer.…So I'm going to come and the change the order of my layers.…Drag the type layer beneath the picture layer and then select the picture layer…that's now above the type, hold down my Option or Alt key--…you'll see it changes into a locking icon--and then just click on that line…between those two layers.…
So we now get the letter forms functioning as picture windows.…What's so nice about this is well, one, it's instant, almost, and it's totally flexible.…So if I were to switch to my Move tool now, I can move the image layer around…inside the type, or I could come and click on my type layer and I can move that…around on top of the image, and it's also completely editable.…
So the type remains live and editable, and I can go and do whatever I want to do…
- The pros and cons of setting type in Photoshop
- Setting type preferences
- Choosing fonts
- Sizing type
- Entering glyphs and special characters
- Tracking and kerning type
- Using Baseline Shift
- Working with OpenType fonts
- Justifying and aligning paragraphs
- Masking type with clipping masks
- Warping type
- Converting type to shape layers
Skill Level Intermediate
Photoshop for Designers: Shape Layerswith Nigel French2h 52m Intermediate
Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentialswith Nigel French2h 37m Intermediate
Learning Photoshop for Design (2011)with Deke McClelland3h 36m Appropriate for all
1. Introducing Type in Photoshop
Setting type preferences3m 37s
2. Entering and Editing Text
3. Character Formatting
4. Paragraph Formatting
5. Masking Type
6. Path Type, Rotated Type, and Vertical Type
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