Text Behind a Person

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Text Behind a Picture
Note: I use Photoshop CS, but I'm sure this is translateable to any other program. It's quite simple.

K, first, we need to grab a picture. I've chosen this one, of Hugh Jackman (AKA Wolverine)
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1. I open up the picture in Photoshop and shrink it's size so it's more....manageable. So, Image >>Image Size and use these settings:
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It's just more manageable for me. It's completely optional. Moving on.

2. Type your text. I have used Carnivale Freakshow as my font, which can be downloaded at www.dafont.com, the size is at 105 and it's white.
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3. Now, this is the easy part. Right click on the layer on the layers pallette, and choose "Rasterize Layer", which takes it's font-ness away from it and now it's just shapes.
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4. Lower the text/shape layer to like 30%. Now you can see through the text.

5. Grab your eraser and just erase the parts of the words that are over Hugh. I have chosen a 27pt Hard edged eraser for the job. Just keep erasing. You may want to zoom in to see the text better, and you can do that by going Window >> Zoom In (or hold cntrl and the + sign).

6. Now, zoom out and then raise the opacity of the shape layer back up to 100 and voila! You've got text behind your person/shape/thing.
My result:

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After sharpening the image once, cropping it and then adding some borders.

Tutorial Comments

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pft, thank youuuuuuu!

By elinmarinah on Mar 16, 2009 4:11 am

this really helped!

By liviia on Oct 8, 2008 5:01 pm

thank you so much! you rock!

By mcflylover on Aug 23, 2008 4:04 pm

mszdasani - maybe your picture is too big. hm? are you trying it with photos? perhaps, size down the picture. mkay?

By NoWorriesDesigns on Jul 5, 2008 9:37 pm

thats pretty fucking sick.

By turnupthevolume on Dec 29, 2007 10:37 pm

okay, idk why, but the majority of the time when i go to type in something the text is REALLY small. and it'll be on font size 72. help?

By mszdasani on Dec 14, 2007 9:36 am

love it! thanks :]

By l0serish on Nov 15, 2007 11:55 am

there are much more effective ways, and this is simple to find out on your own.

By matthewdb on Sep 6, 2007 10:38 pm

oh and the 3rd step doesnt work with PSP i just did 1,2, 5, 6

By Rawrio on Jul 29, 2007 7:53 am

it's extremely easy to understand

By Rawrio on Jul 29, 2007 7:52 am
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Submitted on Jun 28, 2006
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