Last week we talked about creating masks in Photoshop. This week, we’d like to focus on a specific type of masks that you can use in Photoshop — creating a mask using text. This can allow you to take text and have a picture be the background of that text.
In this week’s example, we’ll take a photograph of a fire and use that to write text that will look like it was created using a “fire” font.
- In Photoshop, open the photo that will serve as the background of the text.
- Unlock the background layer by right-clicking the Background layer and selecting Layer From Background.
- Type some text on the photo.
- In the text layer, right-click the layer and select Convert to Shape to convert it into a shape.
- In the shape layer (in the example, This is really…), click the chain link to unlink the vector mask.
- In the shape layer (This is really…), drag the shape into the photo layer (Layer 0).
- Delete the original shape layer (This is really…) by right-clicking the layer (This is really…) and selecting Delete Layer. Click Yes.
Here’s the final result: