Placing Text Behind an Object


Adobe® Photoshop® Intensive


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Placing Text Behind an Object

Ok, so now let's, take a look at how to create one of my favorite text effects, and that is to create text that looks like it's behind an object in the photo. This is a technique that I see on the cover of rolling stone magazine every single month. Actually, I see it twice a month because rolling stone comes out every two weeks. If you look at the masthead of that magazine, they always make the rolling stone logo look like it's behind the featured person, the cover artist and that's what we're going to do if we look over here in the layers panel let's see if we can figure out what's going on here, so we've got our photo layer and we've got a text later we know it's text later because it's got a big old t on the way or thumbnail, we also have a layer mask and we can see that there's quite a bit of black paint on the way your mask so anywhere you see black on the layer mascot black conceals and white reveals, you know that that text is being hidden in those areas so that's, how we're goi...

ng to make it look like the text was actually hanging behind the little boy in the photo shoot when of course it was not, so I'm gonna cheat just a little bit and double click my type player and copy that text to my clipboard so that I don't have to try to go hunt for that font. So now I'm gonna turn off that type player, and now I'm gonna create it from scratch, so we're going to go over to our tools panel make sure we have the tea tool active hey the horizontal horizontal type tool cheese your fund from the options bar if you'd like, or you can play around with fun experimentation after you've types and text, that could be easier to pick out the fun you want to use, but I must use an impact, which is a fairly standard, very, very thick fonts was going to give me thick letter characters, so I'm gonna go ahead and click once and my document. I'm not going to click and drag a draw boxes. I've only got two words a text to sit so I don't have to worry about putting in hard returns to make it go to the next line or anything, so just click once in your document photoshopped creates that type player for you in the layers panel now, since I I cheated a little bit and copied and pasted or copied my text, rather I can go ahead and press command v for pace now I want to show you another keyboard shortcut and when I'm dealing with text, I use this keyboard shortcut a lot. I need to make my text bigger, but I could not tell you for the life of me what point size I need to make my text. So what I like to do is highlight all of it. Somebody click three times quickly to highlight everything that found that line, and I'm going to use a keyboard shortcut to increase or decrease font size in this shortcut does work in illustrators will and it is shift command greater than on a mac or shift control greater than on a pc. So while you're holding shift command or shift control, then you tap the greater than symbol, which is your period key, the bottom right of your keyboard that will increase font size if you tap the less then sign, which is your comma key, you go down and point size this is how I figure out what point size I want my texts very visual way, and when you're adding text to photos like this, especially if your photographer, you're gonna want your text fairly large, okay for some of the stuff that we're really doing so it's a really easy way to resize visually now the next thing you can do is release those modify our keys, I need to move my text lower onto the image take a some of its hanging off the top edge I don't have to go switch to the move tool if you mouse away from your text while you're in the middle of formatting it while it's highlighted even if you mouse away from that area your cursor turns into an arrow all you have to do is click and drag as soon as you see that arrow a lot of people don't know that you can do that you can move text around while you're in the middle of creating it or formatting it ok so the trick is you just kind of mouse away from the text a little bit when your cursor turns into an arrow then click and hold down your mouse button and drag it around and place it wherever you'd like on your document ok so now we're finished formatting it let's say so I'm gonna go ahead and just click again on the type player just to get rid of that highlighting just makes it go away now to make the text look like it was really in the photo shoot we need to add a layer mask tur text layer so with the text layer active in your layers panel we're going to go down and click the circle within a square icon at the bottom of your layers panel this guy right here we've been using it all week in a soon as you click it you'll see that layer mask appear on that text layer now we're going to do exactly what we've been doing with layer masking we're going to press b to activate our brush tool think about what we want to do black conceals white reveals take a peek at the color ships the bottom of your tools panel if we want to hide a parts of that text so that looks like it's sitting behind the boy we're gonna paint with black so if you don't have black is your foreground colored ship, go ahead and, uh press x to flip flop them if that if black is your background color ship or if you don't have black and white it all, go ahead and click this little icon or press the d key to set your color chips to the default of black and white so now with a soft edged brush cane again if you don't know if you have a soft edge brush or not, take a peek at the brush preset picker in the options bar and if it looks fuzzy if the brush icon looks fuzzy, then you've got a soft as brush if you don't click that little down reporting triangle and click one of these fuzzy guys on the top row doesn't matter which one so now we come over here and start painting to hide our text now it can be helpful to drop the opacity of the text layer a little bit because then you can see the edges of the the item you're trying tio put it behind otherwise you're just guessing so within just a few minutes a few seconds rather you can hide part of the text that looks like it's really in the photo and this is a great trick for making your text not look like it was just tacked on as an afterthought and as you're seeing me do you hear if I mess up and reveal a little bit too much of the photo then I can come back in with my ex key to flip flop my color ship so that I'm painting with why black conceals white reveals and now I can pay back over the part of the text that I didn't mean to hide to begin with so you'll do a lot of flip flopping with your color chips back and forth yes, everything you don't use your selection tools to do to make your mask for this is there a reason that I don't use my selection tools to make the man why you use your paintbrush instead of making a selection? Ok that's a good question because there's in this particular photo there's not very much contrast between the boy's clothes and the color of the background, so in my opinion it would be more difficult to start out with this election but you certainly could you could create you could add your layer mask okay to your type player and then you can create a selection and fill that selection with black in the layer mask or he could start out with a selection and then when you add a layer mask photoshopped will fill in the selected area with black, so if you've got decent contrast in your image, you can go ahead and start out with a selection. So I'm going to keep painting here to hide my letters and it won't take very long and you'll have the letters hidden behind the little boy's head and once you know about this technique, you're going to start spotting it everywhere in ads ok, so let's say that's close enough the amount just a little bit now I can raise the opacity of my type player again. I've got this another little spot down here that we can hide and of course, if you were doing this for real at home for client by the hour you with zoom in and take a lot more time they were taken here in class and now when I raised the opacity of the type player again, it looks like it's really behind the little boy and I realize that I've hidden in most of the sea and the k but if enough of the word is visible, people will know your brain automatically translate translates that even though some of the letters are hidden, you can still make out what the word is you don't need to see the whole word to understand what it is ok, but with this technique it is handy to use of a larger are big fat fun, you know, so you can actually see it behind the item? Yes, did you have a question? Okay, all there are no stupid questions, so let's, take a look at this technique again on another image. So this is another idea of using text with your photos is for photographic postcards, so here I have added the text on top of the water and it looks like it's sitting out there in the water in front of our happy beach lounging couple during the holidays, okay, so I'm gonna go ahead and do the same thing again. I'm gonna cheat a little bit and double click that type player thumbnail so that all the text on that layer gets highlight and I want to copy it to my clipboard so I don't have to re type it and incidentally, just a little graphic design tip for you when you're dealing with text see how beautiful those two fonts look together part of the reason that they work so well together is because I have a lot of contrast going on I have size contrast going on with this text I've paired a really thin wispy script font with a really big thick fat font so when you're choosing text and creating stuff like this pairing thick with finn works really really well big with small works really really well it's all about contrast so thick within and this is audio audio script pro it's an open type font in this front right here is called impact I use impact all the time it's my goatee font when I need thick fat letters it's beautiful place that's just a little fun front pairing tip for you pop back out a full screen mode analysis let's create this I'm gonna go ahead and turn off the type player that I made for you we're going to click tea in our tools panel the activate the type player we're gonna clique within our document again I'm just setting a little bit of text show I'm not going to create a text box but you could if you'd like teo and because I copied the text two my clipboard already I can click pace it came in a little big so what I'm going to do is click within this area actually click four times fast four times fast will give you highlighting of everything all the text that's all in that text layer if the text was on one single line I could have just clicked three times very quickly to highlight all the takes on one line but there is a hard return in here so I clicked four times in quick succession to grab everything on that type player even though some of it was on a second line so now that it's highlighted I can use my keyboard shortcut for increasing or decreasing font size so I'm gonna press shift command less than which is your comic e on a mac or shift control less than on a pc okay now minner released those modifier keys I need to move my text around so I'm gonna mouse away from the text just a little bit see how the cursor changes from the insertion point to a narrow pretty quickly you just have to mouse a little ways from and then I can scoot it over here and now I would like to close up the gap between those two lines I see a lot of people when they need to do something like this, pilled ist say, oh well, I'll just put both of those lines on separate text layers and you end up with layers panel that's got five million text layers in there because if you don't understand photo shops for manning that's the only way to get the spacing right but if you understand formatting like letting we just looked at, then you can fix the stuff yourself so the leading keyboard shortcut is option command on a mac or all to control on a pc and we're just going to use the up arrow key to decrease the leading or the down arrow key to increase it okay, so now I'm ready to add my mask and he discussed this over just a little bit I think I need to come down in size just a little bit more to catch that s there we go scoop my type down now we're ready to add our layer mask so we're going to go ahead and click the circle within a square icon at the bottom of the layers panel zoom in so we can see what we're doing press the bee key to activate the brush tool black conceals white reveals so you want to paint with blacks of make black you're foreground color ship and then come over to the letter forms and began to paint and again if it helps you to see where to paint, you can drop the opacity temporarily of the type player so you can see through to the image so you can see its edges. So this is great for making post cars or any kind of photographic announcement that you want it can also be another service is that you offer your clients if your photographer and when he creates something like this you can have it printed online very inexpensively as some of these online labs I like to use in picks and wasn't mary m p I x dot com for my online lab they print things very affordably the accuracy of color is really great when you receive the package at your home it's professionally wrapped you khun just unpack it the packing of the print materials that you receive back from emh picks are just beautiful so it's a nice little thing so another service he can offer as a photographer with him so can you change the the size and the font of each individual letter on that I'm sorry I can't hear you can you change the font and the size of each individual letter yeah great question can you change the size of each individual letter and fall it absolutely so if for whatever reason we wanted tio change just that s you can even use your keyboard shortcuts you want us to be honking big or you could use any of these formatting options appear so if I wanted that in a different font than anything else I could whatever is highlighted is going to change ok go back up in size just to hear any other questions on the text behind technique I'll go ahead and raise the opacity yes can you free transform characters like you kind of an illustrator absolutely you can you need teo you can use the free transform tool on the whole text box if you want so for example I could summon free trade form with the type player active and by dragging the corner handles I can change font size and then if I want to keep it perfectly proportional then I would hold down the shift key okay but if you added any layer masking you don't want to be messing around with size after you've added a layer mass going to play with size before another way tio transform or if you want to transform individual characters inside of here maybe you want to rotate individual letters that is another technique that we're going to look at a little bit later on what we're going to do is we're gonna take text that we tied and we're going to create a shape out of it we're going to create outlines out of the text and in doing so the text becomes a graphical element and then you can use free transform on it and that's how you can rotate individual letters in different angles but at that point it does cease to the editable text yeah so this is a useful thing I use this a lot for my family personally and I make a lot of these for friends and family as well so all kinds of of reasons to use this technique and it just looks more professional this is a very different looking thing than if we could just tacked on text up here and hadn't done any masking that tends to look like an afterthought to me it looks it looks like oh well, she is disputes and text over there that corner she didn't really put any forethought into it but when you do this little masking trick and it's so simple it makes the peace feel a lot more elegant the text is obviously supposed to be there it was planned out it was positioned with care and it looks a lot more professional couple questions uh one from see where to go one from moneo and one from tim how would you quickly center the text on the image other than eyeballing it and then how do you snap to or center text on an image? Oh gosh I usually end up eyeballing it tio course if you if you started out with a text box that's probably the easiest way to center text on the image so we'll just do that let's say for example, always turn off this ticks so I have clicked tito activate the type tool I'm going to start my click and drag from the top left of the image and it's gonna look like I'm drawn to box around the whole image. Okay, innocent as I let go of the mouse that's going to become a box so now I could type my text happy holidays I'll make it a little bit smaller so we can see that it's really perfectly centered with my keyboard shortcuts of shift command less than or shift control lesson on a pc now it's just a matter of clicking the centered alignment button in the options bar and that will perfectly aligned the text on your image if you want a vertical perfectly vertical alignment that's a little bit trickier, but this trick would at least let you perfectly center your techs within the the documents eyes start out with a text box could use guides and will it snap to the guides if using with the ruler you can also use guides so we looked at our guides at the other day you can turn them on in the view menu ok actually need to turn on rulers and then once you have your rulers turned on, you can drag god into your document that's still an eyeball situation where you would need tio figure out on your own where your center point is because this guy is not going to snap to the center point in the document. Okay, if you happen to know the exact center point your document let's say your document is four inches wide so obviously two inches is the center point you can type in a numeric value and photo shop will place your guide for you so you could choose the view menu and select new guide and you can tell it exactly where you want that guide to appear and whether you want that guide to be horizontal or vertical so that gave us uh vertical guide at the two inch mark so that's a couple of ways that you can do that if you will if you've placed to god and you don't want to see it hanging around you can hide it from view so you can choose the view menu and from the show men you come over here to guides cnn has a check mark next to it right now so my guides were visible I want to turn my guys off temporarily because because they can't be a little bit distracting when you're tryingto see if you like what you've created then you can select guides from the showman you in the human you to turn them off or you could just remember the keyboard shortcut which is command semi colon on a mac or control semi calling on a pc and watch that little turquoise guide in my document when I click that it hides it now if I wanted to get rid of it completely switched to the move tool hover over it and you're going to see that your cursor turns into a double sided arrow at that point you can just drag it back into the ruler and get rid of it you could also scooted around on the documents by grabbing it like that lisa kahn would like to know if there's any way to match the size of two different fonts match the size of two different fonts well if you're talking about I'm trying to figure out what size your fonts are there in the document that you've created, then you could click to activate that text layer. Come over to that text, highlighted, and then look at the point size that's in your options bar or your character panel. And then you could, you know, wherever else that that text appears in your document. Then you could then highlight that and type in that same point size, if that's, what he's talking about?

Class Description

In this special photoshop tutorial, you'll dig into Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 with Lesa Snider, author of Photoshop® CS5: The Missing Manual. There is so much to cover in Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 that we need almost a week to cover everything. In this special 4-day workshop you'll dig into Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 with Lesa Snider, internationally acclaimed instructor and author. Lesa is informative yet entertaining with a unique way of explaining difficult concepts so you understand the "why" behind the "how". Get ready to spend a fun, high-energy week digging into the power of Photoshop.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CS 5.1


1Introduction: Nitty Gritty Basics + Layers 2Workspace Overview 3Q&A: Workspace 4The Truth About Resolution and File Formats 5Changing Resolution Without Changing Quality 6Q&A: Resolution and File Formats 7Resizing with the Crop Tool 8Cropping with the Ruler Tool 9Resizing with Content-Aware Scale 10Resizing for Print/Web 11Layers and Layer Types 12Duplicating, Moving, and and Aligning Layers 13Q&A: Layers 14Creating Reflections 15Layer Alignment Tools 16Simple Slimming Technique (Resizing Layers) 17Colorizing a Black and White Image 18Creating a Solid Color Fade with Fill Layers 19Layer Masks: Hand Painted Image Collage 20Layer Masks: Gradient Mask Collage 21Layer Blend Mode Collage (Include Load Images as Stack) 1Using Selections Part 1 2Using Selections Part 2 3Q&A: Selection Tools 4Color Selections: Fixing Animal White Eyes 5Tightening Up Layer Masks 6Painting Selections with QuickMasks 7Using Vector Drawing Tools 8Vector Shapes: Creating an Oval Vignette 9Vector Shapes: Rounded Edges to Photo 10Use Channels to Create Selections 11Tough Selections Around Hair & Fur 12Refine Edges Part 1 13Refine Edges Part 2 14Creative Edges on Photos 15Embellishing with Vector Art 16Creative Vector Photo Frames 17Editing Smart Objects 18Smart Objects Template: Creating Dark Edge Vignette 1Smart Objects: Selective Blurring 2Smart Objects: Selective Sharpening 3Sharpening with the High Pass Filter 4Q&A: Sharpening 5Auto Color Adjustments 6Shadows and Highlights 7Using Levels 8When to Use Smart Objects 9Using Curves 10Lightening and Darkening with Blend Modes 11Enhancing Eyes and Teeth 12Changing Colors with Hue/Saturation 13Changing Colors by Hand Painting 14Faux Dodge/Burn: Reduce Wrinkle 15Color to Black and White 1Healing Brush 2Content Aware Fill 3Using Text in Photoshop 4Designing with Baseline Shift 5OpenType Fonts 6Placing Text Behind an Object 7Barely There Text: Faded and Hollow Text 8Pushing Photos Through Text 9Adding Texture to Your Text 10Convert Text to Paths 11Combine Images using Advanced Blending 12Realistic Photo Aging 13Faking HDR 14Wrapping Texture Around an Object