• Filling Clipping Masks with Text in Photoshop and PSE

    You may have used clipping masks with photos and digital papers, but did you know you can fill them with text, too? This week’s tip is the fourth in this series on digital techniques with text in Photoshop and Elements. Follow the steps below create shaped text blocks.

    Begin by opening a new document and a clipping mask in Photoshop or Elements.
    Use the Move tool to drag the mask onto your new document. Click to select the mask.

    Get the Horizontal Type tool.
    Choose a font name, style and size in the Options Bar across the top of the editing window.
    Click on the project and type enough words to completely cover the mask and extend beyond it.

    Position the text layer one space above the mask layer in the Layers panel. Press the Alt key (Mac: Opt key) and click between the text layer and the mask layer. This makes the text take on the shape of the mask.

    Now Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) the thumbnail of the text layer in the Layers Panel to select it.
    You’ll see marching ants surround your text.
    Press Ctrl Shift I (Mac: Cmd Shift I) to select everything BUT the text.

    Next, click the mask layer in the Layers Panel and press Delete or Backspace on your keyboard. This deletes the portion of the mask you are not using.
    Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to remove the selection.

    Instead of seeing the mask itself, you’ll be left with text in the shape of your clipping mask.