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how to insert text with a background color?

Feb 27, 2012 12:45 PM

Tags: #photoshop #text_background

Hi,

 

I need to insert text over some mottled regions so I want to insert black text with a white background. I can't find a way to give the text a background color. I can do this with Powerpoint and Visio, so why not with Photoshop? My Photoshop manual makes no mention of this.

 

So far I was able to copy a white region in the background layer and drag it to the place where I need it on the text layer, but that seems klutzy to me.

 

I'm using Photoshop CS (8.0).

 

Yours,

 

Michael F

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  • Currently Being Moderated
    Feb 27, 2012 1:03 PM   in reply to Michael314

    So far I was able to copy a white region in the background layer and drag it to the place where I need it on the text layer, but that seems klutzy to me.

     

    That's probably as accurate as you'll get with PS and text.

     

    Another option would be to play around with the Outer Glow effect which might give you something close to what you desire.

     

    outer_glow.jpg

     
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    Feb 27, 2012 1:52 PM   in reply to Michael314

    Hi Michael.

     

    Add a white Stroke effect to the text.  Click on highlighted icon to add effects to text, selections, or layers.

     

     

     

    STRK.JPG

     

    Peace,

    Lee

     
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Feb 27, 2012 3:29 PM   in reply to Michael314

    To take what these other guys have said a little further...   You could do something tricky like this:

     

    Put in your text, put a big thick stroke around it, draw a rectangular path around it, then set a vector layer mask...  You'll have to remember to set the [ ] Vector Mask Hides Effects option.

     

    TextBackground1.jpg

     

    TextBackground2.jpg

     

    TextBackground3.jpg

     

    TextBackground4.jpg

     

    -Noel

     
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  • Trevor Dennis
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    Feb 27, 2012 6:28 PM   in reply to Noel Carboni

    If I am overlaying text across a multicoloured BG and need something to contrast against, I use a semi transparent tone that lets some of the BG show through.  It just looks more professional than a stroked outline or block of solid colour.  This would be more in a page layout application like inDesign or Publisher though.  This could be in a filled text box, but shapes work better because you can use rounded corners etc.

     

    If you want to use Photoshop though, having laid down the text layer, you can control click its layer thumbnail to load its selection, which opens up all sorts of posibilities, like filling that selection with a picture on a different layer.  Layer styles are definitely the most convenient route to take, but you can be more creative taking a different route.

     
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    Feb 27, 2012 9:10 PM   in reply to Noel Carboni

    Thanks Noel again. You are great in this work.

     
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Feb 28, 2012 9:09 AM   in reply to Michael314

    Sounds like the path is becoming visible...  Do you see little handles at the corners?  Those handles appear to allow you to alter the path that defines the shape (e.g., rectangle).

     

    They won't appear in your work product.

     

    You can hide them by making the PATHS panel visible and clicking somewhere on it other than on the path that's selected.

     

    -Noel

     
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    Feb 28, 2012 9:06 AM   in reply to Michael314

    That’s the shape layer surround. It will only appear if you select the shape layer. It doesn't print so don't worry about it.

     
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