Adobe Photoshop is a great graphics tool that lets you create and manipulate images with absolute ease. One of the most common requirements of graphic designing is to place an image into text. You must have seen such effects on banners, magazines, web headers, movie posters etc. This effect looks great and can add a punch to your marketing efforts irrespective of whether you are marketing your blog or running an offline campaign. In this article I am going to tell you how to place your favorite image or photo inside a text. The tutorial works with almost all versions of Photoshop so even if you have an older version you can create this effect easily.
How to place an image into text in Photoshop?
1) Create a new Photoshop document. The size of the document would depend on size of the image and how big your final text is going to be. You can create a document with smaller dimensions and still place a bigger picture inside it so choose a document size that would match with your final heading or text size. Create a document with white or transparent background; you can add a background later. Add some text into the document. You can add horizontal or vertical text as per your requirement.
2) Open the photo or image that you wish to place inside the text. Select the contents of the image by clicking on ‘Select’ and then on ‘Select All’ menu options (you can also hit the Control and A keys together). If you do not want to use the entire image, then select only the relevant area with the rectangular marquee tool. Next copy the selection by clicking on ‘Edit’ and then on ‘Copy’ menu options (or press Control and C keys together).
3) Select the image where you entered the text in the first step. Paste the photo or image into this image by pressing Control and V keys together. This will cover the whole text since the photo will appear in a new layer on top of your text layer. Don’t worry if you are not able to see the text; we are going to address that in the next step.
4) Click on the Layer palette on the right hand side and make sure that the image layer is selected. Press the Alt key on your keyboard and move the mouse cursor on the layer palette from the image layer to the text layer. You will notice that the cursor changes in between the two layers. Click on the left mouse button when the cursor changes and you will notice that the image is placed into the text. You can also move the image in its layer to experiment with how the text would appear when different areas of the image are placed into it. Use other effects such as Drop shadow and bevel amp; emboss after you place image into text to get a unique effect.
And that’s it. As you can see from the above steps, it is really easy to place an image or photo into text by using Photoshop.