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Part 8. Using Type > Task 4 How to Build Filtered Text Effects

Task 4 How to Build Filtered Text Effects

Instead of placing text as straightforward characters, you might want the text to appear as lightened or darkened areas of the image itself. You also can apply a textured effect to delineate the text characters. This task uses Photoshop filters to modify a text selection mask, creating an effect that integrates the text with the background image. In addition to filters, you can use color shifts, contrast changes, and texture effects when applying the filtering technique. Part 13, “Special Effects,” introduces some of the techniques available.

1. Duplicate the Target Layer

Open the image file and determine the layer that will serve as the background for the effect. Select that layer in the Layers palette and select Duplicate Layer from the palette menu. After the Duplicate Layer dialog box opens, provide a name for the layer you are creating and click OK.


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