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Creating a Type Mask

Photoshop has two type tools—the Horizontal or Vertical type tools and the Horizontal or Vertical Mask tools. The former creates regular type, using the fonts available on your computer system, and when you add type to the screen, the color of the font defaults to the current foreground color. The latter is a masking tool. When you use the type mask tools, Photoshop creates a mask in the size and shape of the selected font with the mask appearing as a red overlay. Once the mask is created, you can modify it just like any normal text layer, by changing the font, size, or even use the Warp feature. Unlike the normal type tools, Photoshop does not create a type layer for the mask; the mask simply appears in the active layer. Being able to create a mask from a font opens up all kinds of creative possibilities. For example, you could use a mask in conjunction with a photograph to create a unique fill or you could use a mask to create a chiseled look to text.


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