Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Formatting and stylizing text, part of Learning Pixelmator (2014).
-[Male] One way to filter text while still preserving future editability is to use the text layer as a mask or a clipping path. Let me show you how. I'm going to start by adding a new empty layer above Artisan Glass. On this, let's fill it with a gradient. I'll just use this yellow to orange gradient for now and draw. That's pretty good for a starting point.
Now, I'm going to turn off the drop shadow and inner shadow in this case. That looks pretty good. What I'd like to do is process this layer slightly. With that layer selected, I'll grab the gradient tool and choose one of my gradients. I'll click and drag to draw. You see it's filled in. Because this is not a layer style but an actual empty layer that was filled with a gradient, I can use filters. Let's put a little bit of distortion in there.
You'll find several different patterns here that could tweak things or if not distortion, maybe you want to use some of the stylized or half-tone patterns. this makes it easy to introduce a little bit of randmoness. There I'd put a bit of a pointilized effect and now I'm just going to blur that a bit with the motion blur.
It creates a bit of displacement. There's lots of ways of playing with this. If you choose other here, you'll see a bunch of other categories and you could start to apply some of these effects to come up with different looks. There's a wealth of them here to play with. Notice lots of choices as you build. Some of these are very graphical while others just process the image.
Let's go back to the stylized category here and I'm going to use a little bit of a light streak. You see that I can dial that in, setting an amount and color. That light streak is really good for putting some organic overlays in here, making this take on a bit of a light leak feel and now I'll combine that with a little bit of gloom.
What I'm just trying to do is get a light textured layer. That looks pretty good. Let's do one more. On a new empty layer here we'll go to the generator category and you see there's a bunch of other options, for example, clouds. That's a nice base texture. Now, I'll stylize that a bit and pixelate it and then follow up with a heavy blur.
All I'm trying to do is create some soft textures to use within this text. You'll notice here that these are currently above this text layer. By right clicking, I could choose create clipping mask and they'll indent. Alternately, if you don't want to do it that way, you have a few other pieces of control. If I indent that there, create clipping mask, they'd become indented over the text layer.
They're a little bit difficult to see. Let's undo for a second. In this case, the style is overwriting this texture. Holding on the command key, I can click on the text layer to make an active selection. Now it's easy to select that layer and choose add mask. We'll do the same up here. Add mask. You see the two textures are laid on top.
Let's start with this simple one here and blend it. I'm just going to take that and put that into a mode that adds things up a bit. Let's try color dutch. Let's select the layer and I'll just deselect the active selection and then with the move tool, it's easy to use the keyboard shortcuts shift plus. Now I could step through and mix those layers together.
With each change, it starts to introduce a little bit of variety. I like that, but I actually want to put this model texture down below. What I'm going to do here is blend that first, shift +. That starts to create some interesting displacement on that text. It makes it look a bit more organic. That looks good. Let's turn that on on top. I'm going to try that one in a bit of a color mode so it maps that yellow down to the layer below.
Remember, there's lots of blending modes here and each one behaves very differently. You want to multiply those colors together? You get blue and yellow to make a green. Decide to put them in a bit of bright situation? Hard light lays it on top. Remember, each of these layers can be manipulated so if you need to tweak it a bit you can always apply a color adjustment. A quick curves adjustment to that layer and it's easy to manipulate the intensity of that yellow overlight, giving me the type of look that I want.
This gives you the best of both worlds. You can use textures and fill layers and then simply apply your text layer as a mask. This will allow you to filter text but does give you the flexibility to make changes. If you need to make an edit, simply discard the text mask by choosing remove mask, make your text edit.
Let's just tweak this slightly. What I'm going to do is adjust the spacing just a bit loser. Let's go to the value of 10 percent so the text is a bit loser and adjust the size of that text box so it re-flows. That looks good. I'll click on just the letter R here and adjust that value separately to 15 percent to fix the space between the R and the T.
A little bit too much. Let's go with 12. You see that that's how you pair curn to adjust the space between the individual letters. Now that that looks pretty good I'll just take the move tool, put that back so it's aligned. That's about right. Command click to load it and it's easy to reselect those layers and add the masks again.
Turn them back on and I've got photo realistic filters and textures being applied to vector text layers. Let's close that up and you see in this case we are able to build text that's motivated by the background, picking up some of the colors and the influence to explore this in way that allows for more rich design.
- Working with files
- Making targeted adjustments with selections
- Cropping and masking
- Designing with layers
- Working with text, painting, and the shape tools
- Retouching an image
- Enhancing and stylizing images or objects
- Outputting specific files and creating graphics for other applications