Pushing Photos Through Text


Adobe® Photoshop® Intensive


Lesson Info

Pushing Photos Through Text

So this is what we're going to create next. Misha, you had a shove photo through text and as you can see, I've got a full screen mode here, it's a really beautiful effect. This effect is useful for any time you want to highlight a prize winning photo, it could be a entry pay she your photo gallery online? It could be on a business card. It could be in an ad advertising your studio. What have you anyway? It's a beautiful, beautiful effect and it is super easy you won't believe how easy it is. In fact, we've already performed this effect before day before yesterday, when we imported those victor illustrations into are already open file that had a photo with it using final place, and then remember how we position the illustration beneath the photo, and we had that little special option or all clicking the dividing line between the two layers, and that takes the later on top and shoves it through the shape of whatever is below it it's the exact same technique so let's, take a peek in our l...

ayers panel to see what's going on here, so we've got a color phil adjustment layer solid color adjustment layer at the very bottom. And again, you know it's an adjustment layer because the layer thumbnail has that little slider and what color is a slayer filled with the color that's right there on the layer thumbnail so we've got a layer field with white it has a mask but the mass not being used so that color is being revealed across the whole layer. Next up we've got it's high player a text layer in what is that type letter contain photo shot fills in the layer name for you according to what you have typed onto that layers the text that you type is the layer name you can change it, of course, but it's kind of handy because you can tell what texas on what layers by looking layer name we also have a couple of layer styles or layer effect on this layer we've gotta drop shadow going on we also have a stroke you saw we also have a strip not to be confused with had a stroke so a stroke is an outline and we saw that on our hollow text technique that we did just before the break and above this maui text layer we have a photo and notice how the photo layer thumbnail is scooted a little over to the right and there's a down we're pointing arrow to its left pointing down too the layer that it's being pushed through and at the very top of the layers panel we have another text layer and I can tell that it's thie text at the very bottom because of what it says here so that's what's going on in their layers panel so let's recreate this baby shall we okay so what I'm going to do is close this document we're actually going to leave it open and I'm gonna open up the photo that I used to create it so if you've purchased the course you do have exercised files and we're in folder number four and the photo that I started out with is cleverly named I stock malley something go ahead and open that up and photo shop so let's just go ahead and start let's go press the tea key to activate the text tool or we can go click the big team the tools panel and I happen to know that I used impact for that fund somebody go ahead and choose impact from my font poppet menu and then click once on your document I want to turn on my cap sake and type malley and I don't worry about what color your text is because it does not matter because we're going to push this photo through it here in a minute so it doesn't matter what color it isthe what matters is that you can see the takes in order to make it big so I'm gonna double click the text to highlight it and then I'll use the keyboard shortcut keep your combination for increasing the font size and that is shift command or control greater than and you want to make this text really big because we want a large portion of the photo to show through it. You also want to make sure that you are using a fun that has big, thick letter forms so you want if you don't have impact, you can use ariel black helvetica black anything that's big and thick because you want the photos show through the letter so using a thin script fun is not gonna work for this technique because you won't see enough of the photo to tell what the heck it is, so we're going to use a big, thick fun. I would also stay away from using saref funds and sarah funds have little feet on the bottoms, a little feet on the tops. If I change this font to something like times roman, then you'll see those little feet show up so there's times see these little feet right here that's a serif font, sand saref, fonts don't have those in those funds typically work better when you're pushing a photo through them, so just keep that in mind me and do a couple of times to try to get back okay, well, fine wilders recreate our techs photo shop okay, so here we are type in maui again double click it to highlight it use your keyboard shortcut to increase the font size mouse away from the text so that your cursor turns into the arrow tool so you can grab it and moving around and I'm going to make my texas large as I possibly can without going off the edge of the photo here let's call that good okay, now the next step is to rearrange the stacking order of your layers panel okay because right now we want our text to be underneath the photo because that's how this technique works whatever is on the top layer is going to get pushed through the shape of whatever is on the layer underneath so we need to pull this text layer down underneath the background well if we try to do that right now we can't see how we get that circle with a slash that's because we're dealing with a lot to background later and you cannot put anything underneath it. So the fix is to quickly double click the background layer to make it editable give another name if you want that you don't have to you just need to double click it to make it editable and then press return or enter on your keyboard now we can go ahead and either move that photo layer about the text or grab the text layer and move it down below the photo and again when you are moving layers around in the layers panel do get into the habit of clicking and dragging their layer some nails okay, grab that part of it because unexpected things can happen when you click over in here and drag them around if you've got any layer styles added to that layer, you can accidentally grab a later style so the layer so it's a good habit to make to grab that from jail now once you have the photo layer on top of the text layer now we can use that keyboard shortcut that we used the other day to clip those two layers together okay saul, zoom in so you can see while holding option on a mac or alter on a pc you're gonna have her your cursor I'm not pressing down the mouse button yet okay I am holding down option or all on a pc then you want to hover your cursor over the dividing line this gray line right here between the two layers and as you see on screen here when I mouse over that line my cursor changes into two intersecting circles. When you see the intersecting circles, stop moving your mouse around and click one time in your layers panel immediately the photo layer will scoot over to the right you'll get a little down we're pointing arrow which is your notification that hey, this thing on this layer is being pushed through the shape of what is on the layer underneath doesn't matter what is on this layer it could be text it could be a shape that you've drawn with one of photo shop shape tools it could be a brush stroke that you've made with the paint brush on an image layer what you need to have though is some transparency in this ok, so even though you're not seeing the checkerboard pattern of transparency there's nothing else on this layer except for text so anywhere outside of the size of that text that layer is going to be transparent okay so you can push a photo through anything with this technique and then if we zoom back out and look at our document sure enough our photo has been pushed through the tics but the key to make this work is the stacking order of the layers the photo has to be above the text in the layer stacking order ok, so we're going to do this again on another image but we're going to keep building out this design because I think it's really pretty in useful ok, so the next thing we want to do is we're going to give ourselves a little bit more room to work so we're going to reach for the crop tool so press see to grab the crop tool now we're going to draw a box or in the whole image in while holding down option on a mac or altana pc we're going to drag diagonally outward and that modifier key simply means that the cop boxes now being were sized from the center out, which means that all four corner handles air moving as one go ahead and press return now let's add that solid color phil layer because it's let's give ourselves a nice white background on to which we can continue to design our peace, so go ahead and click the little half black, half white circle at the bottom of the layers panel and choose solid color from the resulting color picker let's, go ahead and just pick white for right now click ok now you want to drag that layer to the bottom of your layer stack because right now it's covering everything else up so now that we've got a white background, we can more easily see the rest of the formatting that we're going to apply, so the next thing I want to do is I want to give the letters a little bit more definition because since I've got a white background, let me zoom in there's parts of my image that are almost white and in those areas it's almost like the letter form or the character rather feels kind of open, so what I want to do is I want to add a stroke around the letter forms and that's just going to kind of contain the letters tio help with readability because we have shoved a photo through the letters, which arguably makes them a little bit harder to read, so you want to activate the mallee text layer and your layers panel and now you want to go down to the bottom of the layers panel and click the effects button into stroke just like we did in the hollow text technique in the layer style dialogue opens put a shop, of course, is going to try to add a three pixel wide black outline to your text, which is not what we want so let's, go ahead and change the color of the outline first mineral experiment with size so it's click the little black color swatch and that will open the color picker and what color do we want to outline to be? Well, I don't know let's mouse away from the color picker and let's start picking up colors that air in the image. I'm going to pick up one of the dark brown grains of sand and that's going to give me just the slightest dark brown outline around my letter forms, which is just going to define them a little bit more retains readability and it kind of makes them feel like they've been finished no, I think that they've been finished, they've been refined a little bit had a little extra attention applied to them so I like the way that color looks somebody click ok, and now I'm gonna drop the size of it just a little bit. I'm going to make it a two pixel stroke, that number is going to change, depending upon the pixel dimensions of the image that you've created this effect on, we're dealing with a relatively low pixel to mention hillary's, fairly small sized image. If you're dealing with the honking big image, then you're going to need to increase the size of that stroke when you're happy with it. Go ahead and click ok now, let's, add another layer style it's at a drop shadow to give our, uh, text photo a little bit of depth to go back down to the bottom of the layers. Panel. Choose a fix this time pick drop shadow layer style dialogue is in the open again, and as you know already, you can mouse over to your image and click and drag that shadow around, which is really great way to do it, but I want to make my shadow softer, so I want to bump up the size some want it to be nice and soft, and then I can continue to drag it around if I want so let's say that that looks good click ok when you're finished, and if at any point you want to go back in and experiment with. The stroke, color or size or the drop shadow angle or capacity or size, all you have to do is double click that item in the layers panel in that layer style dialogue will pop back open. And as you saw with e hollow text technique, if we decided we wanted to change the name, we could create different text because it's completely editable at this point now that the text that I just added is wider than my photo, so I'd have to do a little bit entity use another photo increase the size of the photo if you brought the photo in is a smart object and you could experiment with size. Okay, so we'll go back. Teo the word maui in all caps one more time with feeling their radio and now from this point, we're pretty much back to our original design over here, I just added another text layer to make this look like a web gallery that you're going in. Okay, so close this document and we'll do it again on another photo let's, take a look at this one it's another really great example of this technique just so beautiful you do want to stick with short words, though you don't want to put an entire sentence, it fill it with a photo, okay, so I'm sticking with very, very short compact words. Sticking with extremely fat thick fonts I think this is impact as well, so let's take a look at how toe create this one so go back to the exercise files and the original image that I started with is called I stock fall so we're gonna do the same thing again we're going toe either press teed activate the text tool or go click the tea in the tools panel click on your document type the word that you want to fill with a photo double click it and let's use the keyboard shortcut to increase font size, which is shift command greater than on the mac or shift control greater than on a pc and this time I've got all three buttons held down I'm not tapping the greater than sign I've got all three buttons held down and the font size is just increasing incrementally as I hold all those keys down so that way you're not tap tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap that and now I want to move the text around on my photo don't have to switch to the move tool dismounts away from the text and then click and drag and I'm gonna make my text even larger so that we can see more of that beautiful photo in the background and we'll call that good now I'll click the text some new once again just to get rid of that highlighting now we need to change our layer stacking order so that the photo is above the shape that you want to push it through to do that we have to double click our background layer to make it editable now we can just drag it above the text layer no we're going to hold down the option chiana mac are all on a pc and when you have are your cursor over that dividing line between those two layers as soon as it turns intent to intersecting circles, click one time and that's it and now we can add that extra formatting if we want I'll go ahead and grab my crop tool hold on option or all as I drag outward on one of the crop corner handles to give myself more campus space let's go ahead and add another solid color film layer I'll go ahead and she's flight drag it down to the bottom of the layers panel now after you get that color phil layer down at the bottom of your later stack if you want to continue to experiment with background color, you can just double click that from now on you'll pop the color picker open in this now since we drag it to the bottom of their layer stack we can actually see the darn photo in order to snatch color from it if we want it, I'll leave this one set to green disprove a rieti click ok now I'll click to activate my type player use the effects button at the bottom of the layers paneled at a stroke click the color well come back over to the image now I'm going to find another color not the greens I don't want the stroke to manage the background because then you wouldn't see it somebody click on one of these other leaves to pick up a slightly different color from my stroke and you know I'm adding a stroke as a final touch on the letters to retain a little bit of readability and to kind of finish them off to close them up I want it to be subtle I don't want the outline to be noticeable ok could make the outline really big I think that looks cheesy cheesy is good in some situations but we're going for settle in elegant going and click ok when you're finished with that or if you know what if this moment well you've already got this layer style dialogue open if you know you want to add another style just click it over here on the left hand side so I want to click to turn on a drop shadow but I'm not seeing my drop shadow settings here that's because the stroke settings are highlighted because stroke is active even though I just turned that check box on for drop shadow so to see the drop shot of controls you have to click it now we see our drop shadow controls so again, I want to increase the size of my shadow mouse over to my document and pull it a little bit down, and you can position that however you'd like click ok when I'm finished, add additional text if you need tio in its exact same technique. Now I mentioned that this works on shapes as well. So let's take a look at that here's another variation using the exact same technique. So I found this turtle as an illustration on I stock photo dot com downloaded it, place it into the photo shop document where this image lived using the file place command. So the illustration came in as a vector stay in a victor so I could experiment with size without having to worry about the edges of the turtle getting all jagged e and we've created another variation using the exact same technique, so this is another way are another reason tio shove a photo through something, a shape flag text for a turtle so this could be an ad for the mallee border tourism. This could be on a business card there's no in to this technique. Ok, so let's look in our layers panel see what we've got going on here well, at the very bottom, we've got a solid color phil layer, then right here we have a smart object how do I know it's a smart object? Well because it's got that extra little badge down there at the bottom right of the layer thumbnail it's also got a little bit of a layer mask the turtle illustration that I downloaded from my stock had several different turtles in it but did I have to open it up and illustrator and delete the turtles that I don't want? Heck no because you've got layer masking you've got digital masking tape right here in photo shop so this layer mask is hiding the fan of that other turtle that's in the illustration we've also got a drop shadow on our turtle for death in appear we've got a photo that we can tell because it's scooted over and it's gotta arrow pointing down to the right this photo is clipped are grouped with this layer right here so let's re creator this time I'm going to delete all these layers and I'm gonna leave my text hanging around so I'm going to click toe activate one and shift click toe, activate the other layers and then press the delete key. So now we just have our text so now let's start bringing in our items so when you choose file place they're going to navigate to wear these files live we're in day four pushing photos through shapes, so we're going to click on the maui head photo press return I don't need to resize the image, so I was going to go ahead and leave it like that now let's, go ahead and bring in our turtle illustration as well, so file place and click on the I saw turtle you see there's a bunch turtles in there, go ahead and click place photoshopped gives you the re sizing box of the free transform tool automatically somebody go ahead and move my turtle over I don't really know if I need to resize him I needed to get him on top of the photo first to see if I need to resize him and it looks like I do need to bring him down in size, but I can't see my re sizing handles because he's too big, so I'm going to use that view fit on screen trick that we learned about earlier in the week or commander control zero and that makes photoshopped resize your document window just enough where you can see off for quarter points. So now we can shift drag the corner point to resize our turtle so that our photo can fit inside of him and that looks about good, so go ahead and press return when you're finished zoom back in so you can see what you're doing now we need to think about our layer stacking order over here if we want to push the photo through the turtle then the photo layer has to live above the turtle layer above the shape, so now we can use our keyboard shortcut again to click these two layers together, so hold down the option. Can't a mac or altana pc and single click when you see the intersecting circles. Now, at this point, I need to reposition my photo inside of the shape. How do I do that? Just grab the move tool so from the top of the tools panel, click the move to or press the wiki v's the keyboard shortcut for move that's how I remember it, move and then just activate the layer that you want to move if I want to move the photo inside the shape, I want to be on the photo layer so it is active at this times than I can click and drag around to move my photo, so get it positioned the way you like it that looks good to me. On the flip side of that, if you want to do you move the shape and not the photo, just clicked the shape layer to activate it and with the move till still active. Now, as I click and drag around, I'm moving the shape, but not photo the next thing I want to do is go ahead and hide. These other illustrations and I'm not using okay so what layer do they live on? They live on the turtle layer of course they live on the turtle layer so all we have to do is add a layer mask by clicking the circle within a square icon at the bottom of the layers panel and now we're gonna grab the brush tool by pressing be because we need to paint with black suppressed be to grab the brush tool take a peek at your color chips the bottom of your chills panel if x is the background earth if black is the background color ship, go ahead and press eggs to flip flop for them mouse over to your document and I can make my breast size larger because I've got kind of a big area to hide and I'm just hiding those other illustrations no need to delete them here we go so now let's add are solid color background layer so let's go down to the bottom of the layers panel click the half black half white circle she's solid color and of course she could mouse over to your image and pick up a color this in the image if you wanted or you can just pick quite go ahead and click ok and this time the color phil layer ended up within that layer that clipping group we've got going on no big deal just grab it by the thumbnail and drag it down to the bottom of your layer stat now any to reposition our turtle and our photo so we need to activate both of those layers in order to move them together as one. Somebody go ahead and grab the move tool, and then a single click one layer hold on the shift key click the other layer, click near the layer name and when they're both highlighted the nikkan, move him around, so I'm going to move it so that it's about that size right there, and in the moving of the illustration, I brought back a little bit more of the other turtles so I can click back inside that layer mask, switch to my brush tool by pressing b, and then hide that part of the illustration if I want last but not least all at a drop shadow onto this layer, so go ahead and click to activate the layer thumbnail, then click the effects button at the bottom of the layers panel choose drop shadow, increase the size if you want, click in your document to drag it around position at however you'd like and click ok. If you wanted to add a stroke to this, she could do that as well to kind of finish off that turtle, though if you've got any other little bits hanging out from the other illustration hanging around they may show up too, but you can just as easily mask those off so this time I'll choose another shade of green that's a little bit darker than the one I originally picked not quite that dark lower the size to about teo you can also lower the opacity of that stroke to make it even more settle so that it's barely there like that click ok now can come back to that layer mask switched to the brush tool use the bracket he to increase brush size and then I can clean up any leftover areas from those other illustrations and I didn't even see those areas until I turned on a stroke ok, so we're until I turned on a stroke you turn on a stroke ok? So exact same technique a little bit of a different spin on it it's really, really useful and you can you can clip layers together like that without a keyboard shortcut it's just easier to do with the keyboard shortcut in my opinion it does the command does live in the in the menu I believe it is there it isthe layer create clipping mask that's the actual command for what we're doing but it's way easier just a hole down option or all and however your cursor between the dividing line or talk the dividing line between those two layers much faster okay, thank you kendra joy food photography asked can you do the same technique on a custom shape creator with the customs shape tool you have and if so how was it just the same that same way just make your shape and make sure that your photo is in the layer stack is higher is above the shape and it's exacting technique any shape you create with any tool any anything you do I could even do this with a brush stroke so once you've created this clipping group you can ungroomed them with the same keyboard shortcut if I held on option or all and click on that line than I've released it from the shape that's below so if I want to create a new layer here dragon underneath my photo I'll turn my photo offer second and I'm going to go grab the regular brush tool and I'm gonna load a super super super funky brushes and I'm loading these brushes in the exact same way that we did the shape tools casey just click the little brush preset picker and use that little fly out menu some a load a funky brush so you can see the outline of the aforementioned funky brush and I just got blues my foreground color ship I don't care what color the thing that I'm about to create ends up being because there's gonna have a photo ship through it so I could make a shape or a brush stroke like that come back over here to my layers panel turn my photo back on clip them together in my photos to the shape I need to scoop my photo over a little bit or my shape over I could shed a little bit my photo bigger to fill up the shape that I just created but its exact same technique so you can shove a photo through anything brush stroke on an image layer a shape layer that you've created either with one of photoshopped shaped tools or something you've drawn by hand its exact same technique I have a question from tropical flesh what if I wanted a different image to show through each letter what I have to separate each letter yeah I think that's going back to the last one yes you would you would put each letter on its own layer and that would give you the ability of shove a different photo through each letter great question yes could you please go back to the turtle so that can you can you go back to that? Thanks so say you're all finished and you decide you don't like the stripe on his head and you want to get rid of that cloud okay I haven't been able to figure out how to do that without undoing the clipping mask okay well you could reposition the photo inside the frame for one like moving around well what if I'd like everything but that strike okay if you like everything but that stripe will put it back the way it was that's a perfect opportunity to use the content aware featured the spot hailing brush okay, now it's difficult to see that whole area because it's positioned inside the you know the shape so what you could do is ungroomed pit come over here, grab the spot hailing brush hop appear to the options barr said it to content aware now in this situation I would do it on this layer. Okay it's not gonna let me because it's a smart object but let's go ahead and see so I can create a new layer turn on sample all heirs come down here and try to get where that that way hey, we've got a little bit of a color shift between the the sky right there so now way could let's see if from a shop a lettuce activate both of these layers and then clip it it didn't do it there we go okay, so I clipped both layers together. Okay, so I used the spot healing brush to clean up the photo clip. This guy actually clipped this guy first and then this guy to that later and what what in essence you're telling photo shop is hey taking both of these layers and shove it through this right yeah way want to move the turtle around now we would click to activate the top layer and then shift. Click the turtle layer. And now you can move it around together.

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