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Chapter 9. Working with Type > Creating Text Effects with Type Masks

Creating Text Effects with Type Masks

Sometimes the text effects you want to create are better done with a type selection, not the actual, editable type itself. The Horizontal and Vertical Type Mask tools let you enter text, which is automatically converted to a selection in the shape of type. Since it’s a selection, you can do everything you can do to any other selection—you can paint or fill the type or transform its geometry by skewing it or applying perspective. Unlike the previous type tools we’ve mentioned, the type mask tools do not create a unique layer. The type selection appears on whatever layer you have active at the time you use this tool. The bottom line: a type selection is just like any other selection, but in the shape of text.

To create a selection with the type mask tools:

1.
Make sure that your active layer is the one where you want the text selection to appear (Figure 9.44).

Figure 9.44. To create a type mask, first select the layer you want it to appear on.


2.
Select either the Horizontal or Vertical Type Mask tool (Figure 9.45).

Figure 9.45. You can choose either the Horizontal or Vertical Type Mask tool.


3.
Set the type options (such as font, style, or size) on the options bar.

4.
Enter your text on the image.

The text will appear reversed out of the colored mask overlay (Figure 9.46).

Figure 9.46. Your type appears reversed out of the colored mask.


5.
Confirm your text selection by clicking the Commit Current Edits check mark on the options bar.

Your text is selected (Figure 9.47). You can now apply additional changes to your type selection.

Figure 9.47. After you confirm the type, it appears as a selection with the typical selection border.



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