This tutorial will show you how to put "see though" text on an image so that the
text seems to be see through/take on the colors of the image below. You will use layers, the
text tool, alpha channels, and the drop shadow effect.
- Open the image that you want to put the see through text on.
- Activate the text tool and click on your image.
- Click on your image and choose the following settings:
Name: your text choice
Size: whatever suits your image
text color: white
- Type in what you want to say and click OK
- With the text tool still active, move the text to the position on the image that you want
it to be.
- With the text still selected, go selections/save to alpha channel.
Click ok and ok again. (you can give your alpha channel selection a name in the second
screen if you'd like to before clicking on ok...)
- Promote the floating selection to a layer. (Selections/Promote to layer) This will deselect
- Create a new layer. (Layers/New Rastor Layer)
- With the new layer active, go Selections/Load from Alpha Channel and choose the alpha
channel selection that you just made.
- Go Effects/3D Effects/Drop Shadow and use settings that suit your image and font. I used
the following settings but you may want to adjust them if these don't suit you...
Color - Black
Opacity - 100%
Blur - 6
Offsets - Vertical and Horizonital - 0
NOTE: you can change the drop shadow color to a light color if you're working on
an image that has a very dark color for the background since black may not show up.
- Move the opacity slider on the "Promoted Selection" layer down to
about 20% or whatever looks good to you...
- Repeat steps 2 though 11 for each line of text you wish to add to your image.
NOTE: If you decide that you want to move text after you've finished, hide all the
layers that do not pertain to that particular text and drop shadow, then go layers/merge/visible.
Then you can activate the mover tool
and move the text to where you want it to be.
- When you're finished. Go Layers/Merge/Merge Visible and save your image as a .jpg for
use on your web page.
Have fun! :)