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  A4: Big Fish
  A5: Light Burst
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  A7: Layer Masks 1
  A8: Working With Text
  A9 Pt.1: Letterforms, Hue Value Shape Space & Texture
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Working With Text

Digital Imaging
Teacher: Ken Kimura
email: ken_kimura at lsrhs dot net
telephone: (978)443-9961 XT2221

Besides choosing your font, color and size, there are many things you can do to manipulate text in Photoshop. In this exercise your will create a composition of text elements on a document that is Preset size of WEB: 1152 x 864 pixels and apply all of the following techniques.

You can copy and paste randomly generated “dummy text” by going to


Create a block of text where the spaces between each line are very small or where each line slightly overlaps with the next.
  • This is set by adjusting the leading in the character palette.


Rotate text to a random angle
  • Rotate by choosing: Edit menu / Transform / Free Transform
  • OR

  • Edit menu / Transform / Rotate

Rasterize & Transform

Convert a text layer into a raster layer. Then distort it into perspective.
  • Begin with very large text
  • Rasterize by choosing: Layer menu / Rasterize / Type
  • Distort into perspective by choosing: Edit menu / Transform / Distort OR
  • Distort/Warp by choosing: Edit menu / Transform / Warp
  1. Create some text where the letters are very close together
  2. Create some text where the letters are far apart
    • This is set by adjusting the tracking in the character palette

Warped Text

Apply the “Create Warped Text” to a text layer
  • Select the text tool then look for the Warp Text button in your options at the top of your screen

Custom Brushes

Create a custom brush with scatter using some text
  1. Convert a text layer into a raster layer
  2. select the part you want to be used as the brush
  3. choose: Edit menu / Define Brush
  4. Name your brush
  5. Explore brush options similar to the "grass growing" brush. Select a painting tool and explore Color Dynamics, Scattering, and Shape Dyanamics

Layer Mask

  • Apply a layer mask to a text layer
  • Small text masked by large text

The following manipulations/effects are required in your design.
  1. Text within text (using a layer mask)
  2. A custom brush - used it in a way that doesn't look like a text layer
  3. Distorted Text (Rasterize first, then, Edit >Tranform)
  4. Warped Text 1 - using the Warped Text option
  5. Warped Text 2 - using the Rasterize function, then, Edit Transform
  6. Very small leading

Edited 12-3-10