• Double-up: Text on Text in Photoshop and PSE

    The seventh in our series of tricks with text, this week’s tip shows you how to layer text on top of text. With this technique, you can add extra meaning

    Begin by opening a new document or digital scrapbook page in Photoshop or Elements.

    Get the Horizontal Type tool.
    Choose a font name, style, size, and color in the Options Bar across the top of the editing window.
    A chunky font works best for this technique, since your layered text will show more clearly on a larger letter.
    Type out your title text and position it on your page.

    Now click somewhere else on your page with the Type tool. Choose a smaller font size or name in the Options Bar and select left alignment. Choose a color that contrasts with your title color, then drag out a box on your document that completely covers your title. This is a text box that will contain your accent words.
    When the cursor starts blinking in the upper left corner, begin typing words until the text box is completely filled.

    Next, choose Layer > Simplify Layer in Elements or Layer > Rasterize > Type in the full version of Photoshop.

    Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) the thumbnail of the title layer in the Layers Panel. This creates a selection around the title letters. Press Ctrl Shift I on your keyboard (Mac: Cmd Shift I) to select the inverse (everything BUT the title letters.)

    Click the rasterized accent text layer in the Layers panel to select it and press Delete or Backspace on your keyboard. This will erase away all of the text that falls outside of your title.

    If you like, you can hide the title letters by clicking the Layer Visibility icon (looks like an eyeball) on the left side of the title layer. You’ll be left with a title made from your accent words only.

    This is a fun way to add a subtitle to your title letters and dress up your text.