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Text Masking Tutorials for Beginners

In Photoshop there are many ways to shove a photo into a text shape, useful like a turkey at Christmas, but better looking. I have two tutorials for you today. Both options allow you to quickly swap out images, making them great for a variety of designs.

If you’d like to follow along, you can do so with almost any version of Photoshop. You’ll need at a text layer and an image layer. The text works best with a bold font. Any image will work, but patterns and close-ups work best. In these tutorials I used one of my moon images from Instagram.

Editable Text Tutorial

The first tutorial is a good choice if you want to keep the text flexible for later. This works for blocks of text at any size, including word art. Any spelling errors, name changes, or problems can be easily changed. For example, if you’re making fancy name tags for an event, you’ll need the same design with multiple names. Using this method you can change the name with the text tool and alter the design for each person in about 60 seconds.

Paintable Mask Tutorial

The second tutorial is a good choice if your mask needs to be more flexible. If you need the text to be scratched, modeled, warped, bent, textured, or generally altered in some way, this is the tutorial you need. The text will not be editable later, so make sure your spelling/names are correct before you start. This design is particularly great for movies and play posters, but can be used for any graphic design.


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