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Form your images into text with clipping masks

Inside Photoshop

by Amy Palermo

What you’re trying to do actually a simple technique when you use a clipping mask.

To form images in the shape of text with a clipping mask:

  1. Open an image you wish to form into the shape of text. If it’s a locked background layer, double-click on the layer and press OK in the New Layer dialog box.
  2. Select the Horizontal Type tool from the Tools panel, and type some text. Format the text with a large, bold font.
  3. Drag the text layer to position it below the image layer. Then, select the image layer, as shown in Figure A.
  4. Press -click (right-click in Windows) on the image layer and choose Create Clipping Mask from the pop-up menu.

figure A:
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Your Layers panel should resemble ours, as shown in Figure B. You can see our image results in Figure C.

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