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Form your images into text with clipping masks

Added on Friday 19th of March 2010 06:08 am EST


Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3/CS4

Operating System:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows

Several years ago you had an illustration in Inside Photoshop where you used photos in the shape of letters. I have misplaced my copy and was wondering if you could forward the instructions on how to remove a letter’s background and replace it with a photo or combination of photos.

Denise, Ohio

Two articles come to mind, to which I will direct you. But first, I’ll explain how to achieve this effect quickly, as it’s a simple technique when you use a clipping mask.

• To form images in the shape of text with a clipping mask:

1. Open an image you wish to form into the shape of text. If it’s a locked background layer, double-click on the layer and press OK in the New Layer dialog box.

2. Select the Horizontal Type tool from the Tools panel, and type some text. Format the text with a large, bold font.

3. Drag the text layer to position it below the image layer. Then, select the image layer, as shown in Figure A.