Creating Image Filled Text

by Stephanie Shimerdla

Image Filled Text - Step 1
Image Filled Text - Step 1

  • Find an image that you would like the text to be filled with. You may make a collage of different image put together, or simply a pre-existing image as I have done here.
Image Filled Text - Step 2
Image Filled Text - Step 2

  • Find a font that you would like to use, preferrably one that is thick enough to be able to see the image within once you are through.
  • After clicking the "T" (for Type Tool) in the Tools window, click upon the image on the section of your choosing.
  • Type the word or words that you would like to see "soak up" the image, in the size of your choosing. The color does not matter.
Image Filled Text - Step 3
Image Filled Text - Step 3

  • Now, I'm sure it looks as if I've done quite a bit of work since the last step (and I actually have!),but I'll go through it step by step.
  • First, within the Layers Window select the layer that contains your text. It should be named whatever word or words you typed. In my case, it is called "Flowers." To select it, simply click upon it.
  • In the Tools Window, select the magic wand tool, which looks just like a magic wand, coincidentally.
  • Click upon the image anywhere outside of the text. Everything BUT the text is now selected. On the top menu, under "Select," click on "Inverse" (or type SHIFT-CTRL-I as a shortcut). This will now select the text itself.
  • On the Layers Window, select the layer containing the original image.
  • On the top menu, under "Edit," select "Copy."
  • On the top menu, under "Layer" select "New" and then "Layer" (or simply type SHIFT-CTRL-N as a shortcut). Name this new layer "ImageText".
  • Ensuring that this new layer "Imagetext" is clicked in the Layers Window, under the top menu, click "Edit" and then "Paste."
  • Now, if you hide all of the other layers from view (click on the picture of the eyeball next to each of them in turn within the Layers Window), you will be able to see your text.
  • If you have letters such as an "O" or an "A", then will have regions where there should be holes. This is easily fixed. Under the Layers Window, click back upon the text layer. It will come back into view when you do so.
  • Using the magic wand tool once more, click upon each of these "holes" in turn, then while the holes are selected, go back to the "Imagetext" layer, and hit the delete key on your keyboard. This will erase the selected region and create holes where they should exist. Keep doing this until your text looks as it should. You may keep checking it by hiding the actual text layer from view temporarily.
  • Make sure that you have the original image layer selected (it will come back into view when you do), and then create a new layer (SHIFT-CTRL-N), naming this one "Gradient."
  • Within this layer, you may simply make it white by using the Paint Bucket Tool in the Tools Window (making sure that white is your selected color), or you can make a gradient as I have.
  • To make a gradient, once you have made the layer and filled it in with any color that you like, down at the bottom of the Tools Window there are two boxes of color. One is for foreground color and the other for background color. Pick two colors that you like and that will go nicely with the colors of your image. In the Layers Window, you will see an "F" in the lower left hand corner. Click it, and then select "Gradient Overlay."
  • On the portion of the new window that comes up, there will be an arrow to the right of the "Gradient:" portion. Click it, and select the colors that you have chosen, or you may also select any of the other pre-made gradients.
  • You may now delete the text layer that you made as a guideline for creating your "ImageText" layer. You no longer need it.
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Image Filled Text - Step 4

  • Now, on the Layers Window go back and select the "ImageText" layer. On the bottom left of that Window there is the "F" that I mentioned earlier. Click on it, and then select "Bevel and Emboss."
  • Now, this part is much up to your own liking, as well as the type of text that you decided to use. Here are the dials that you should play around with, however, if you are new to Photoshop:
    • Style: Both "Inner Bevel" and "Emboss" will both look nice, and you could also try "Outer Bevel" if you want your text to look slightly different that whan I have done. I used "Inner Bevel" in this example.
    • Depth: In my example, I used a depth of 151%.
    • Size: In my example, I kept the standard setting, which is 5 pixels.
    • Angle: With this, you can change the direction that your light source is coming from. Mine is the standard setting.
Image Filled Text - Step 5
Image Filled Text - Step 5

  • Again, under the Layers Window, click on the "F" in the lower left.
  • This time, select "Drop Shadow."
  • Again, you may play around with the dials to suit your own preferrences. The only thing I changed this time is "distance", which I have set to 10 pixels. This setting changes the distance that the letters appear to be "raised" off of the image beneath.
Image Filled Text - Step 6
Image Filled Text - Step 6

  • If you wish to proceed to the last step so that your text is simply raised from the original image as I have done below, go down to Step 7 and THEN come back to this one.
  • In the Tools Window, select the "Rectangular Marquee Tool," which looks like a rectangle comprised of a dotted line.
  • As you can see, I had some free space above the letters that made the image unbalanced. Using this tool, you can select the portion that you want to keep, then under "Edit" on the top menu, select "Copy Merged."
  • Under "File" click "New." This will create a new, blank image in the same size as that which you just copied. Very handy!
  • Under "Edit", click "Paste" and your selected area should appear in this new image. If all that you want is the selected text filled with the image, you're done!
Image Filled Text - Step 7
Image Filled Text - Step 7

  • If you'd like your image filled text to simply appear "upraised" from the rest of your image, you can continue on with these last few steps.
  • Now, beneath all of these layers that you have created should still exist your original image. To make it visible through the "Gradient" layer (which we put on top of it), you can do the following.
  • Select the "Gradient" layer.
  • Near the top of the Layers Window is an "Opacity" option.Click on the arrow on the right side of the "100%" and a sort of scrollbar will appear.
  • Move it to the left and right until you get the image below to show through to the degree that you want it to. In my example, the opacity is set to 44%.
  • Now, skip back to Step 6, which will show you how to trim your image, and you're done!
Excellent work!
Copyright Stephanie Shimerdla, 2003.