This tutorial has been re-written for PSP 8.
It will show you how to put
"see though" text on an image so that the text seems to see through/take
on the colors of the image below. You will use layers, the
text tool, and the drop shadow effect.
- Open the image that you want to put the see through text on.
- On the Materials Palette, set the Foreground Material box to transparent and
set your Background Material box to white.
- Activate the Text Tool.
- Create as: Floating
- Choose a font - a nice fat one works best
- Choose a size to suit your image
- Antialias - Checked
- The others don't matter.
- Click on your image. Type your text and click the Apply button.
- With the text tool still active, move the text to where you'll want it to appear in the finished
- Promote the floating selection to a layer by right clicking on "Floating Selection"
in the Layer Palette and choosing "Promote Selection to Layer" or
by going Selections > Promote Selection to Layer.
- Create a new layer by clicking on the New Layer button on the Layers Palette (circled in
the screen capture below) or by going Layers > New Rastor Layer
- The outline of your text should still be selected at this point. We'll apply a drop
shadow using this selection on the new layer.
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...
Offsets - Vertical and Horizontal - 0
Opacity - 100%
Blur - 6
Color - Black
Shadow on new layer - UNchecked. It should be greyed out.
If not, make sure that you did create the new layer and that new layer is the
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.
- Deselect your text by holding down the Ctrl key while pressing the D key or by going
Selections > Select None
- On the Layer Palette, move the opacity slider on the
"Promoted Selection" layer down to about 20% or whatever looks good to you...
At this point you may want to duplicate the shadow layer to give your drop shadow
more punch. Right click on the Raster 1 layer in the Layer palette and choose
Duplicate from the drop down menu.
Go ahead and try it. If you don't like it you can undo. :)
- 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 save your image as a PSP file if you think you'll ever want to make
any changes in the future. Frame your image and save as a .jpg for use on your web page.
Have fun! :)