12 Replies Latest reply: Apr 11, 2012 1:24 PM by photodrawken RSS

    Text in Elements 9

    Mike Hardwick

      How can I make transparent letters on a coloured background in Elements 9?

        • 1. Re: Text in Elements 9
          R_Kelly Community Member

          One way is to add the text layer, go to the effects panel>layer styles, visibilty>hide, choose a bevel layer style.

           

           

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          • 2. Re: Text in Elements 9
            99jon MVP

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

            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 à Layer Style à Style Settings

            4. Check the stroke box and choose a 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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            • 3. Re: Text in Elements 9
              Mike Hardwick Community Member

              Many thanks for your e-mail and advise. It wasn`t quite what I was after. I wanted to use the IMPACT typeface on a variety of backgrounds in an audio visual. Hence I need to be able to use a coloured background such as black with the transparent letters. The image I have will be a moving image behind the letters. I have tried using the magic wand to highlight the letters and then use the magic erasor to remove the text. But elements then tells me the text had to be simpified and then the erasor doesn`t seem to work. Any further advise please?

              • 4. Re: Text in Elements 9
                Mike Hardwick Community Member

                Many thanks for your advise.

                It wasn`t quite what I was after. I wanted to use the IMPACT typeface on a coloured background such as black with the image I have showing through the transparent letters. The image I have will be an moving image used in an audio visual.

                I tried using the magic wand to highlight the text and then use the magic erasor to remove the text. But Elements then said the text had to be simplified and when I did this the magic erasor didn`t work.

                Any further advise?

                • 5. Re: Text in Elements 9
                  99jon MVP

                   

                  You could add a black fill box and reduce the opacity, then place the text on top.

                   

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                  • 6. Re: Text in Elements 9
                    Mark Sand Community Member

                    Mike, can't say I really understand what you are trying to do. Is there an example you can post for us?

                    • 7. Re: Text in Elements 9
                      photodrawken Community Member
                      1. Open a new image.
                      2. Fill the background layer with black.
                      3. Double-click on the background layer in the Layers palette to convert it to a normal layer.
                      4. Add your text using white as the colour.
                      5. Simplify the text layer.
                      6. Merge the two layers.
                      7. Use the Magic Wand with a tolerance of 68, and de-select "Contiguous" to select the text.
                      8. Hit your Delete key to create a transparent "hole".
                      9. Save your image as a PNG file to preserve the transparency.

                       

                      Now you can use that PNG in any other program to mask the images:

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                      In PSE, the layers look like this:

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                      Ken

                      • 8. Re: Text in Elements 9
                        photodrawken Community Member

                        An easier way is to use the Horizontal Type Mask tool:

                        1. Create a new image.
                        2. Double-click on the background layer to convert it to a normal layer.
                        3. Fill the layer with any colour you wish.
                        4. Use the Horizontal Type Mask to enter your text.
                        5. Hit your Delete key to punch a "hole" in your coloured layer.

                         

                        Ken

                        • 9. Re: Text in Elements 9
                          Mike Hardwick Community Member

                          Hello Ken,

                          Many many thanks for your help. This was just what I wanted to do. I am very grateful and it is so simple.

                           

                          Mike Hardwick

                          • 10. Re: Text in Elements 9
                            Mike Hardwick Community Member

                            Hello Mark,

                            Many thanks for replying. The problem has been resolved by “photodrawken”

                             

                            Mike

                            • 11. Re: Text in Elements 9
                              Mike Hardwick Community Member

                              Thank you for replying to my request for help. The problem has now been resolved.

                               

                              Mike

                              • 12. Re: Text in Elements 9
                                photodrawken Community Member

                                Hi Mike,

                                 

                                You also said that you will be using various colours to mask the underlying images, so I suggest this procedure which will give you great flexibility:

                                1. Create a new image. 
                                2. Double-click on the background layer to convert it to a normal layer. 
                                3. Use the Horizontal Type Mask to enter your text. 
                                4. Hit your Delete key to punch a "hole" in the layer.
                                5. Add a Color Fill adjustment layer above.
                                6. With the color fill layer active, use Layer...Create Clipping Mask (Ctrl+G) to use the layer with the "hole" as a clipping mask for the layer with the colour:
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                                All the non-transparent pixels in the bottom layer (Layer 0) will be perfectly coloured with the colour fill layer, including the anti-aliased edges:

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                                Save the file as a PSD file to preserve the layers and transparency.  Now, when you want a different colour, it's easy to double-click on the icon for the color fill layer and choose a new colour.   Use File...Save For Web to save the result as PNG-24 image -- the PSD file will remain unaltered so you can easily return to it and change the colour.

                                 

                                Ken