How To Put a Photo Inside Text with the Type Mask Tools


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Special Text Tools

You can put a photo inside text (or at least part of a photo) with a special text tool that Photoshop Elements has just for that purpose.

It's called the Horizontal Type Mask Tool. Or if you want your type to be vertical like the word "ROCK" in the image to the right, there's the Vertical Type Mask Tool. They both work the same way.

Watch the video below to see exactly how to do it. Then follow the step-by-step instructions and give it a try.








Follow These Step-by-Step Instructions...


  1. Open the Photo that you want to put inside of type with Photoshop Elements.

  2. Make the Type Mask Tool active and choose a Font and Size. Remember, a fat, block style font works best for this effect.

  3. Click on your photo and type your Text. A Red Overlay will appear on your Photo.

  4. (Optional) Click-and-Drag Over Any Text that You Want to Change to Highlight it and then Change Font and/or Size.

  5. Click on the Green Check Mark to Accept.

  6. Position your Text by using any Selection Tool and placing it INSIDE a Letter. Then Click-and-Drag.

  7. "Jump" your Text to a New Layer by pressing Command-J on a Mac or Control-J on a PC.

  8. Create a New Layer BELOW your Text Layer by pressing the Command Key on a Mac or the Control Key on a PC as you click the "New Layer"  icon in the Layers Panel.

  9. Fill the New Layer with White (Edit>Fill Layer...) Choose "White" from the "Use" pop-up Field.

  10. (Optional) Add a Stroke Around Your Text (Layer>Layer Style>Style Settings...). Adjust the thickness of your Stroke with the "Size" Slider.


Give it a Try!

That wraps up this article on how to fill your text with a photo using the Type Mask Tools in Photoshop Elements.

Use your imagination to see what you can come up with using this technique.

Until next time, take care!
Rick


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