Happy Friday! I know there was some confusion over Wednesday’s post “What’s In Your Bag?” as to how to post pictures of in the comments, so I’ve come up with a solution and a fun collaboration between all of us! If you want to, take a picture of your bag and its contents and email it to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to post all of your submissions and play a guessing game as to which bag goes which blogger (thanks for the idea,
Theresa (oops!) Annie!) on Monday, so if you could make sure to send me your picture no later than Sunday at noon EST (that’s 5pm for you UK folks!) that would be awesome. Don’t feel obligated to clean out the receipts or junk, and don’t even feel obligated to even participate if you don’t want to! But I’d love to be nosy and see what you all have, and I think it will be really neat for everyone to try and “match” the bag and its owner. If you want to play along, just send me your photo! xoxo
I’m going to deviate a little from the program here, but this week I don’t have a Friday Five. In fact, I didn’t even have a Friday Two. All I had on my list was a box of decaf vanilla tea I’ve been chugging all week. Not exactly stimulating reading material, unless my goal was to be a total bore. I really tried, since you know, Friday Fives are my weekly thing, but it just wasn’t happening this week. And I didn’t want to force something or produce a post that wasn’t 100% to my liking, because I’d always feel irked over it.
Anyway, earlier in the week, Annie posted a mini-tutorial on how to achieve text with a picture filling in Photoshop. There are a million ways to do everything in Photoshop, and I am not pretending to be an expert in any of them. I do, however, spend a large chunk of my time working in Photoshop, and this text treatment is one I love and was happy to learn how to do a few years ago. Theresa emailed me with a request to explain further and do a variation on the text. With nothing else filling up today’s post, I figured I might as well oblige. SO. Here is my first attempt at a Photoshop tutorial, complete with screen-caps and poor explanations. I hope I don’t confuse all of you!
(FYI, I’m working in Photoshop CS4 on my work laptop, but the steps are identical for CS5 and CS2, I checked. I’m assuming they are the same for Photoshop Elements, since these are basic steps that Photoshop offers.)
First, open the image you want to use in Photoshop. Then, your tool bar on the left, select the Text Tool, and select “Horizontal Type Tool Mask.”
Things will look weird while you’re typing your text, but don’t worry, it will go back to normal.
Once you have your text, select the Move tool (the little arrow, very top icon) from your tool bar. The weird red color will disappear as inexplicably as it appeared. You’ll be left with your text, outlined by little marching ants.
At the top of your screen, click the “Select” menu, and from the drop down, click “Inverse.”
Everything will look like it is selected with the little dashed line of marching ants.
Hit delete on your keyboard. You’ll be left with this:
But since you’ll be left with the text in a document that is as large as your original picture, you’ll need to crop it. On your tool bar, select the Crop tool.
Using the Crop tool, select the area you want around your text, and hit enter. Et voila. You’ll have this:
You can now save it as it’s own image under File, Save As. Yay! Text filled with an image! You did it!
Theresa specifically sent me this image below, from DesignLoveFest, and asked if I could explain how to achieve this in Photoshop. It’s like the opposite of the tutorial above; you want to remove the text from the image, leaving an outline.
My way of doing this is time consuming, but doable. It’s just a lot of little steps, more than the tutorial above. My method is not as simple as I’d like, and again, there is probably a waaaay easier way to do this somewhere out there on the internet, but this is the way I learned it. Don’t take it as gospel.
Open the image you want to use in Photoshop. I’m just using the same macaron picture again. From your top menu, select Layer, New Layer.
Don’t worry about naming it. Just click Okay when the dialogue box pops up.
You’ll now have a new layer in your Layers window on the right. From your tool bar on the left, select the Rectangular Marquee Tool.
Make a shape on top of your image. It’s just going to be an outline right now. On the tool bar, select the Paint Bucket Tool. You’re going to fill this shape with color. I chose white because, hello, it’s me.
Repeat the New Layer step from above. You will now have two new layers on top of your Background image on your Layer pane. On this layer, we will be putting the text we’re going to cut out. In the image Theresa sent me, that text was “Rainy Days…” Select the Text tool from your tool bar.
It helps to make the font a different color than the shape we made on Layer 1. I typed the word “Yum.” Because, hello, it’s me.
From the tool bar, select the Magic Wand tool. It looks like a magic wand.
Now, here’s where shit gets tedious. Making sure your text layer is selected on your Layers pane to the right, use the Magic Wand and select one of the letters of your word. Here come the little marching ants again!
Switch layers, to the layer that has the white box on it. MAKE SURE you have the white box (Layer 1) selected, and hit the delete key on your keyboard. Nothing is going to happen that you can see, at least for right now.
After you hit delete, go back to the text layer, the one above it that says YUM. The Magic Wand will still be selected. Click on your next letter.
Remember when I said it got tedious? You have to now go BACK to your white box layer (Layer 1) and hit delete on your keyboard, again. Repeat this step, switching back and forth between layers, for all of the text you have on your text layer. The more words, the more you’re going to have to go back and forth selecting text with the Magic Wand and then going to Layer 1 and hitting delete.
When you’re all done, aka, when all of your letters have been selected and then the corresponding “delete” has been made on the white box layer, make the Text layer invisible. Sounds crazy! But on your Layers pane, you’ll notice that each layer has a little eyeball next to it. This controls the visibility of the layer. If you click the eye, it disappears, making the layer invisible. In this case, we want our text layer to be invisible. Click the little eye.
But you’ll notice that the outline of the last letter you selected with the Magic Wand is still selected. On your top menu, click Select, and then Deselect. This step accomplishes pretty much exactly what it says.
You’ll be left with a white box with text-shaped holes cut out of it. You now have the ability to move the white box anywhere on the image that you want, to allow the image to show through the text cut-outs.
Once you have the white box positioned where you want, flatten the image by selecting Layer from the top menu, and then clicking Flatten image all the way at the bottom. This literally flattens the image together so that the white text box isn’t selectable or movable.
You should be left with an image that looks like this (although the white box is too big for the text inside of it, for these purposes, you hopefully catch the drift).
And there you go! I hope these helped somewhat. Or maybe I made things worse, I don’t know! I certainly hope not. I just love Photoshop and would be totally lost without it, so I’d like to think this made it at least a teensy bit more approachable to those of you who are scared or overwhelmed or totally lost working in the program. If you have any questions about either of these or want me to explain anything in more detail, I’d be happy to! Or if you have a totally different tutorial you want to see, let me know! I could maybe make this a regular thing if you guys would like.
Have a great weekend, ladies! What are you up to? Tonight, Boyfriend and I are going out for a friend’s birthday, and maybe going to the American Swedish Museum on Saturday (what are the odds it’s in Philadelphia??). Sunday is the Superbowl, so I will likely spend the day catching up on Project Runway Allstars and pretending football isn’t on (sorry, Lauren :) ). Don’t forget to email me your “What’s In My Bag?” shot if you want to be included! xoxo