I'm in the process of creating a textual watermark for my photos in photoshop but have come across a big problem. I am using the horizontaly text mask tool but I cannot rotate nor center (both horizontally and vertically) my text before turning it into a layer. If I rotate and center the text after putting it into a new layer it wont work since the text will move and leave the writing embossed onto the picture. Any help is kindly appreciated !
With the text layer the current target and not a mask. Do a select all. Then use menu Layer>Align Layers to selection>Vertical Center. Then do Layer>Align Layers to selection>Horizontal Center. This should center the text layer. If you want to rotate it the some use Free Transform and enter the angle you want in the option bar. If you want a mask the select the text layer transparency and save it as a alpha channel to be user as a mask.
If you have CS6 you can also convert the text layer into a shape layer and get your Vector Layer Mask.
To center a text mask. Set a guide line 50% horizontal and vertical. Make sure snap to is on. Use free Transform. Move the cursor into the free transform box but not on the center marker. Hold down the left mouse button and drag to center let go of the mouse. To rotate move mouse outside the transform box hold down left mouse button and rotate the transform.
I've managed to center the text both vertically and horizontally as well as putting it at a 45 degree angle as I wanted. That said I was unable to keep the masked text to blend in with the new background. It instead retained the imprint of the background where it was initially positioned at the time of the layer creation.
Here is a screen shot to illustrate the situation a bit better:
So how do I go making that centered and angled text blend in with the background now that I have shifted it from its original position ?
Thanks for the help!
Do not use Mask Text use a Text layer set its fill to 0 and give it a layer style.
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