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Replace background with a new one & retain text: How?

Dec 19, 2012 5:32 PM

I have a style/font combo that really i like to use for text.


My goal is to use it regularly in the future on/with new backgrounds.


Currently I have the text on a background.


All I want to do is (retaining the text) replace it with another background.


Would anyone please give me step by step instructions or point me to a video that demonstrates how that's done.


Please assume I know very little which is the actual case.


Thanks in advance.


Happy Holidays to everyone.



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    Dec 19, 2012 9:59 PM   in reply to Nikon D90 Gent II

    You can make a pecise selection of text <if possible> and do Layer Via copy. The text now appears on a new layer which you can place on a new background.




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    Dec 19, 2012 10:56 PM   in reply to Nikon D90 Gent II

    magic wand tool is quite useful in making such selections

    Here is a tutorial to do so

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    Dec 20, 2012 7:57 AM   in reply to domnic.rj23



    I suggest that you make a brush of your text. A brush is very versatile, since you can place the text anywhere on your new background, change the color, and change the size readily with the bracket keys on the keyboard.


    Here is a tutorial --see post #2


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    Dec 20, 2012 8:26 AM   in reply to Nikon D90 Gent II

    Hi Bruce,


    I would suggest using transparent text created with a blend mode. Then you can quickly change the background color with a fill layer and the text color by clicking the fx symbol in the layers pallet and clicking the color swatch. It will also work with photo backgrounds.



    1. Select the text tool and type on top of your image or color background.

    2. Then click the hand tool to deselect the text tool.

    3. Make sure your text layer is selected (highlighted) in the layers pallet and on the menu click:

    Layer >> Layer Style >> Style Settings

    4. Check the stroke box and choose a color and size (something between 1 and 5 normally works best) then click OK.

    5. Using the dropdown menu at the top of the layers pallet change the blend mode from Normal to Multiply; then save.



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