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Chapter 13. Getting Creative with Type > Using Masks to Generate Special Effect...

Using Masks to Generate Special Effects

Using Type masks to generate unique fills or three-dimensional text are great features. However, one thing is always predictable, and that's the shape of the text. The mask created with the Type Mask tool will always follow the curve and shape of the font used to create the mask; but not if you combine a Type Mask with a Layer Mask. For example, you create a marketing piece where you using the words COOL WATER, and you want the edges of the word to be more dramatic. You've looked at some of Photoshop's Brush Stroke Filters, but you don't want to apply the filter to the image, just the edges of the word. That's where Type masks and Layer masks do their magic. By combining a Type and Layer mask, you can achieve exactly what you want using an image to fill type, and modifying the edges of the type without distorting the image.

Use Masks for Special Effects

Open a document containing the image you want to use for the type effect.

Select the Layers palette, and then select the layer containing the image.

Select the Horizontal Type Mask tool on the toolbox.

Click in the document window to place an insertion point, and the type.

As you type, Photoshop creates a mask in the size and shape of the current font.

Use the editing tools on the mask to change its font, style, and size.

IMPORTANT Sans serif fonts, like Impact always work best when you're using images to mask text; however, experiment with different fonts.

Select the Marquee tool on the toolbox, and then position the mask directly over the portion of the image you want inside the text.

Select the Layers palette.

Click the Add Layer Mask button.

Photoshop creates a layer mask from the type mask, and then selects the layer mask.

IMPORTANT The Background cannot hold a layer mask. If the layer designated as the masking layer is background, move into the Layers palette and double-click on the Background thumbnail, give it a new name, and then click OK.

Click the Filters menu, point to Brush Strokes, and then click Sprayed Strokes.

Modify the Brush Stroke options until you see a good image.

  • Stroke Length

  • Sprayed Radius

  • Stroke Direction

Click OK.



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