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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 discussed, 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:


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