How To Use The Liquify Tool In Photoshop [Solved]

How To Use The Liquify Tool In Photoshop

Advanced-PhotoshopSay you took pictures of someone who is not that happy with their weight and they ask if you can slim them up some in Photoshop, well the tool you would use is the Liquify tool. Make sure to NOT use it on a picture of someone without them asking as that could cause great offense.

The tutorial today is very basic and just how I have used the tool myself. If you Google “liquify tool Photoshop Elements” you will find many video tutorials, especially on You Tube so you can see how else to use this wonderfully handy tool. Just know that the majority of those videos are using Photoshop and not Photoshop Elements, and there are some options in the PS Liquify box that are not available in PSE.

Step 1: Open your image in the Full Edit Mode in Photoshop Elements and make a duplicate layer (control+j or command+j on a Mac). I am using a picture of yours truly. I am carrying some extra weight and am not opposed at all to being “Photoshopped” some to look a little lighter. :-)

Step 2: Go to the main menu bar and click on Filters, then Distort and Liquify.

Below is the Liquify image box that pops up.

Step 3: On the left side is the liquify options you can choose from. I like to use the Pucker tool (the box that is white in the image below).

Step 4: On the right side is the brush options. The bigger your brush, the more area of the image you are going to affect. The brush pressure is how strong the effect will be. I used 66, strong but not too strong.

Step 5: Click where you would like your slimming-down to start and slowing move downward. For some images/body parts, it may be best just to click and pull gently in each spot and not drag, just try both ways and see what works best for your image.

After working on both sides of the face, my earrings ended up a bit distorted. I managed to get one earring fixed but not the other. I quit messing with it and decided I could fix it another way.

Step 6: If you have some distortion like I did, add a mask and see if you can cover it up with the original image in that spot. If you have Photoshop Elements 8 or older, use a layer mask action. If you have PSE 9, just click on the mask icon in the bottom of the Layers Palette.

Step 7: Activate your brush tool (b on your keyboard) and make sure it is a black brush and that the mode is normal and opacity is at 100%

Step 8: Brush only over the earring. This will cover the distorted earring change and let us see the original below it.

Step 9: Right click on a layer in the Layers Palette and choose Flatten.

Here is a before/after of my liquify change:

I see two spots I would like to have fixed better, but I decided not to obsess over it. Too much else to do this time of year.


How to Use Photoshop Channels and Color [Solved]

How to Use Photoshop Channels and Color

photoshop-CS6-Icon_WebLet me explain to you how digital color works. As you know, monitor displays are made up of pixels which are little squares that emit light. Each pixel can emit red, green and blue light in various amounts. These amounts are measured from 0 for no light to 255 for maximum light.

So in order for the blue color to be displayed the pixel will emit 255 amount of blue light and so on for red and green. But what if we want some other color, like yellow? Well, like I told you before, RGB is an additive color model which means that color is created by combining different lights. So for yellow the pixels will emit 255 amount red light and 255 amount green light for a pure yellow color. For a magenta color then the pixels will emit 255 red light and 255 blue light. Of course it is not necessary to have exactly 255 of each light in order to create color.

We could have a reddish yellow by using 200 red and 100 green light. But what happens if we add some blue light to our yellow color recipe? Will the color became bluer? Not exactly, because we are dealing with light if we add a little blue then the color will became brighter. As you can see figuring out how color works from the numbers it is difficult so that’s why the HSB color model exists. Think of it as a chart, a reference which will help you understand digital color better.

Photoshop Channels and Color 1

You can see from the chart that hue is the actual color while saturation is the intensity of that color. Brightness is the lightness of that color. Let me explain to you how I see the chart. Think of color as recipes and lights as ingredients. Each recipe has to have at least 1 ingredient (1 light) in order to work except for black which is the absence of light. So in order to get yellow I will have to add to my recipe red and green and I will have a fully saturated yellow. If I add blue to the recipe then the color migrates towards the center of the color wheel making my yellow less saturated.

Let’s do an exercise. Let’s suppose that I have 50 red, 100 blue and 10 green. Can you guess which color will be displayed? It will be a bluish magenta, not fully saturated. That’s because its 2 main ingredients are red and blue which results in a magenta color while the third ingredient, in our case the green color determines the saturation. The less of the third ingredient the more saturated the color will be. The complete lack of the third ingredient will result in a fully saturated color.

Let’s take another example. Let’s say I have 150 green, 100 red and 80 blue. What color it will be? The 2 main ingredients (or the first 2 largest numbers) are 150 green and 100 red. The secondary ingredient is blue (the smallest number of the three). So we will have a greenish yellow very desaturated because the blue is pulling the saturation towards the center of the wheel. You get it? To resume let’s say that the main ingredients determine the hue (red + green = yellow, red + blue = magenta, blue + green = cyan), the secondary ingredient determines the saturation (more of the secondary ingredient means less saturated colors) and the sum of all numbers is the brightness.

This discussion brings us to channels. Think of channels as black and white representations of an image. For example the red channel of a picture is the black and white version of an image. If this black and white image is bright then we have a lot of red light in our image and if it is dark then we have a little red light. If there is 255 red light then we will have a white image and if there is 0 red light then we will have a black image. Think of channels as visual representations for each main color (red, green, blue). If the green channel is light then we know that we have a lot of greens. If the green channel is dark then we know that we have little green light in our image.

Photoshop Channels and Color 2

Observe the reddish image above. Can you guess which color channel will be predominant? If not, look at the channels of this image below:

Photoshop Channels and Color 3

As you can see the Green and Blue channels are fairly dark but the Red channel is so white it is almost translucent. This means that we have a lot of red color in our image. You may wonder how this will help you with your own images. Well, I do a lot of photo retouching and when I first open an image, before doing any adjustments whatsoever I do the “Channel Walk”. No, it’s not the “Moon Walk”, it’s the “Channel Walk”. If you are imagining some kind of strange dance movement you’re wrong! The “Channel Walk” is the process of quickly viewing each Channel in part and analyzing the information I get from there. You may think that there’s not so much information in a black and white version of the image but you’re wrong.

Let me give you a practical example. Take a look at the image below. Can you tell what adjustments need to be made? If you are thinking that this image is noisy and needs color correction then you are right. But how should I color correct it? One could simply add a Curves Adjustment Layer and play with the curves until some (apparently) good looking results start emerging. Then a Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise would be the next logical step. But this is not the approach a Photoshop professional like yourself should take. Let me show the professional, right way to use your newly acquired knowledge about channels to tackle this problem.

Photoshop Channels and Color 4

Open photo. First, do the “Channel Walk”. This means to press Ctrl + 3 (Red Channel), Ctrl + 4 (Green Channel), Ctrl + 5 (Blue Channel) and use the information for further adjustments.

The Red Channel seems ok, except for the little black patches. Those little patches of dark are nothing else but noise. Hmm, I think to myself, I have a little noise in the red channel. Let’s move on.

Photoshop Channels and Color 5

The Green channel looks alright, and is less noisy than the Red Channel. Let’s move on.

Photoshop Channels and Color 6

Oh my. What an ugly thing to see. The Blue Channel is noisy as hell (this is common in digital imagery, the Blue Channel is usually the noisiest channel of all) and has some big, and I mean big areas of total darkness. This is not ok. How can I interpret this information? Because I (we) know that the darker the channel the less specific light it will produce, this means that where the image is dark in the blue channel there will be no blue color whatsoever. This means that in those areas the Red and Green channels will be the main suppliers of the color information. We know that Green and Red colors are the recipe for fully saturated Yellow so the conclusion we draw is that we have a yellow color cast.

If you don’t get this the first time know you’re not alone. Channels and colors are a hard nut to crack at first, but once you experiment on you own a little bit this will be a walk in the park.

Let me quickly recap. The red channel is a bit noisy but ok. The green channel is less noisy, that’s good. The blue channel is very noisy and it has big black areas. Lack of color from the Blue channel means that that the color will be formed from the Green and Red channels and because Red + Green = Yellow we conclude that we have a yellow color cast.

Photoshop Channels and Color 7

In order to color correct this image we add a Curves Adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves) and slightly drag both the Red and Green curves downwards to lower the amount of light these channels contribute to the overall image.

Photoshop Channels and Color 8

So this is the image before adjustments. Now you can see that it has a pronounced yellow color cast.

Photoshop Channels and Color 9

And this is the image after the adjustment. The difference is subtle but noticeable.

Photoshop Channels and Color 10

In the next steps we could maybe use the Reduce Noise filter on the blue channel alone or we could make a new layer from all visible layers (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E) and then apply Reduce Noise filter to this layer alone and change the blend mode to Color so only the Color noise would be affected. However, noise reducing is a different topic so I won’t be covering it here (I am a fan of Lab color mode and this allows for some amazing manipulations of color and noise removal without affecting the luminance integrity of the image. But I digress.)


How to Use Filters in Photoshop CS6

How to Use Filters in Photoshop CS6

Photoshop LogoIf you apply filters to a Smart Object, you can easily change the settings—and will feel more free to experiment. If you come up with a filter formula that you like, record your steps in an action. Here are a few more suggestions:

  • Filters tend to make an image more abstract, reducing recognizable elements to line work, or to fewer or flatter areas of color. Start with an image that has a strong composition. Look for shapes that contrast in scale and have interesting contours, which will carry more weight once you apply filters.
  • Use an adjustment layer above the filtered layer to fine-tune the resulting luminosity levels or colors.AD
    349fig02.jpgB We applied Filter > Filter Gallery > Diffuse Glow.

    349fig03.jpgC We created a Black & White adjustment, then lowered the opacity of the adjustment layer to 52%.

    349fig04.jpgD This is the final image.

  • Apply filters separately to a Smart Object one by one, then via the Blending Options dialog, lower the opacity of the topmost filter and/or change its blending mode. You can also apply filters to separate layers, then change the layer opacity or blending mode of any layer (AE, next page).
  • For less predictable and “machine made” results, apply two or more filters that have contrasting or complementary effects. For instance, you could apply one filter that reduces shapes to line work (such as Poster Edges) and another filter that changes the color or applies an overall texture, such as Grain > Texturizer.
  • For a personal touch, apply some paint strokes (AC, page 351).

Filters, an Adjustment Layer, and Blending Modes

350fig01.jpgA We converted a duplicate of the Background to a Smart Object.

350fig02.jpgB We applied Filter > Other > Minimum (Radius 1), then Filter > Stylize > Find Edges.

350fig03.jpgC We changed the blending mode of the Smart Object to Linear Burn.

350fig04.jpgD We created a second duplicate of the Background, moved the duplicate to the top of the Layers panel, changed the blending mode of that layer to Divide, and lowered its Opacity to 50%. Finally, we used a Vibrance adjustment to boost the colors slightly.

350fig05.jpgE This is the final image.

A Texture Filter and Paint Strokes

351fig01.jpgA This is the original image.

351fig02.jpgB This is the Layers panel for the final image.


How To Use The Magic Wand Tool In Photoshop [Solved]

How To Use The Magic Wand Tool In Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop LogoIn Photoshop there are various ways to make a selection and also various reasons why you’d want to make a selection. You may want to remove something from its background, replace a sky or simply apply an edit to one part of a shot but not the other. Some of the selection tools are better suited for certain tasks than others are, however what tool you use can also be down to personal taste. In this series of tutorials we’ll give a brief overview of all the selection tools on offer, showing you what they can be used for and how to adjust them.

Magic Wand Tool

Magic Wand Tool


How it works

The Magic Wand tool looks for pixels which are of the same colour and tone. This means it’s great for selecting large, solid blocks of colour but when working on images where the difference between colours and tone isn’t as obvious it can seem, to start with, that the Magic Wand tool isn’t a great tool. However, by making a few minor adjustments, you’ll see it can be a useful tool to know how to use.

How to use it

The tool simply works by you clicking in the area you want selecting. For example, in the example with the selection around the black rectangle, we clicked in the middle of the black part of the shape.

Magic Wand Selection


How to adjust it

To make the tool more useful, adjust the Tolerance which you can find in the option bar towards the top of the screen.

Magic Wand Tool Bar

The tolerance tells Photoshop how many pixels it needs to select that are the same colour as what you have clicked on and the shades which are darker or lighter by whatever number you’ve typed in the Tolerance box. So if you type 100 Photoshop will select any pixels which are up to 100 shades lighter and down to pixels which are 100 shades darker.

Above: ‘Broken’ selection before any adjustments made.
Above: The same image with the selection complete. (Tolerance adjusted)

Contiguous is automatically selected by Photoshop but this option stops any pixels that fall into the tolerance range you’ve chosen getting selected if they have a pixel in between them that doesn’t fall in to the range.

To explain this, take a look at our shape. There are two black sections separated by a white line. We want to select both black areas so we select the Magic Wand tool and click on the one on the left but as Contiguous is ticked, Photoshop only selects the shape on the left as the white pixels in the centre are stopping the right black shape becoming part of the selection. Untick Contiguous and both shapes now become part of the selection when we click on the left shape.


Anti-alias helps smooth out the selection and by ticking Sample All Layers you are telling Photoshop you want it to include all of the layers in your document within the selection. Leave it unticked and it will just make the selection on the layer you have selected.

The four shapes found to the left of the same option bar allow you to adjust your selection but after you’ve used the first option (New Selection) Photoshop will automatically select the second (Add To Selection) as you’ll want to keep adding parts of the image until all you want selected has running ants around it.

Selection Options

So, looking left to right at the shapes: the first option lets you create a New Selection and the second option, Add To Selection, lets you expand / add the selection you’ve just created. The third option, Subtract From Selection, lets you remove some of the selection and the final option, Intersect With Selection, will look at your original selection then at the new selection you’ve just made and only keep the selection where both adjustments overlap or intersect.

Finally there’s Refine Edge which will give you a menu of options that you can further adjust your selection’s boundary with. It also allows you to view the selection against various masks and backgrounds.


How to Add Drop Shadow in Photoshop Elements [Solved]

How to Add Drop Shadow in Photoshop Elements

Photoshop LogoAdding a drop shadow to a photo or object gives it depth and makes it stand out in your photo creations and scrapbook layouts. In Photoshop Elements, it is easy to add drop shadows using layers and layer styles. In this lesson, we’ll add a drop shadow to an object and adjust the shadow effects.

Before After

To add a drop shadow:

  1. Open two image files: a background image and the photo or photo object to which you want to add a drop shadow. This example uses a digital paper as background and a cardinal applique as the photo object.
  2. Copy the photo into the background image so that the photo or photo object appears in the layer above the background layer.
  3. In the Layers palette, select the layer that contains the photo or photo object to which you want to add the drop shadow.
  4. From the Windows menu, select Effects to open the Effects palette.
  5. In the Effects palette, click the Layer Styles icon, then select Drop Shadows from the drop-down list.

    Select layer styles

  6. Select the Soft Edge shadow (or any type you want) and click Apply. The effect is applied and a small fx symbol is added to the layer in the Layers palette.
  7. To edit the drop shadow, double-click the fx symbol on the emboss layer. The Style Settings dialogue is displayed.

  8. Adjust the settings as desired and click OK.


How to Create Channel Masks in Photoshop CS6 [Solved]

How to Create Channel Masks in Photoshop CS6

Adobe Photoshop LogoPhotoshop CS6’s channel masks are probably the most time-consuming masks to use because they require a lot of manual labor. Not heavy lifting, mind you, but work with the tools and commands in Photoshop.

It is, however, time well spent. Channel masks can usually accurately select what the other Photoshop tools can only dream about — wisps of hair, tufts of fur, a ficus benjamina tree with 9,574 leaves.

You can create a channel mask in a lot of ways, but here is one that works most of the time. To create a channel mask, follow these steps:

  1. Analyze your existing channels to find a suitable candidate to use to create a duplicate channel.

    This is usually the channel with the most contrast between what you want and don’t want. For instance, in this example, the Blue channel provided the most contrast between the windmills and the sky and the background, allowing easier masking of the windmills and sky.

    To duplicate the channel, drag your desired channel thumbnail to the New Channel icon at the bottom of the Channels panel. After you duplicate the channel, it then becomes an alpha channel and is named (channel) copy.

  2. Make sure the alpha channel is selected in the Channels panel and choose Image→Adjustments→Levels.

    Using the histogram and the sliders in the Levels dialog box, increase the contrast between the element(s) you want and don’t want selected. Click OK when you’re done to close the dialog box.

  3. Select a tool, such as the Brush or Eraser tool, and paint and edit the alpha channel to refine the mask.

    The combo of the Brush and Eraser set to Block mode cleaned up the mask.

    [Credit: © Image #16953126]

    Credit: © Image #16953126
  4. When you complete the mask, click the Load Channel as Selection icon (the dotted circle icon on the far left) at the bottom of the Channels panel. Then, click your composite channel at the top of the list of channels.

    This step loads your mask as a selection, giving you that familiar selection outline. You can also use the keyboard shortcut: Ctrl-click (Command-click on the Mac) directly on the alpha channel to load the mask as a selection. Make sure your marquee selection is surrounding what you want selected. If not, choose Select@→Inverse.

    Your selection is now ready to go.

  5. You can leave it within the original image, or drag and drop it onto another image with the Move tool.

    If you’ve done a good job, nobody will be the wiser that the two images never met in real life.

    [Credit: © Image #16953126 and AlexMax Image #7458774]

    Credit: © Image #16953126 and AlexMax Image #7458774


How to Place an Image in Text using Photoshop [Solved]

How to Place an Image in Text using Photoshop

In this Text Effects tutorial, we’re going to learn how to place an image in text, a very popular effect to create in Photoshop, and one that also happens to be very easy to do thanks to the power of clipping masks, as we’re about to see!

Here’s the effect we’re going for:

Photoshop image in text effect. Image © 2008 Photoshop

The final “image in text” effect.

Note: Using Photoshop CS6 or CC (Creative Cloud)? Please see the fully revised and updated version of this tutorial.

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Open A Photo To Place Inside Your Text

First, we need the image that we’re going to place inside of our text. I’ll use this panoramic photo of Hawaii:

A panoramic view of the ocean in Hawaii. Image licensed from iStockphoto by Photoshop

An ocean view from Hawaii.

Step 2: Duplicate The Background Layer

If we look in the Layers palette, we can see that we currently have one layer, named Background. This layer contains our image. We need to duplicate this layer, and the easiest way to do that is by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+J (Win) / Command+J (Mac). If we look once again in the Layers palette, we see that we now have two layers. The original Background layer is on the bottom, and a copy of the Background layer, which Photoshop automatically named “Layer 1″, is sitting above it:

The Layers palette in Photoshop. Image © 2008 Photoshop

Photoshop’s Layers palette.

Step 3: Add A New Blank Layer Between The Two Layers

Next, we need to add a new blank layer between the Background layer and “Layer 1″. Currently, “Layer 1″ is the layer that’s selected in the Layers palette. We can tell which layer is selected because the selected layer is always highlighted in blue. Normally, when we add a new layer, Photoshop places the new layer directly above whichever layer is currently selected, which means that Photoshop would place the layer above “Layer 1″. That’s not what we want. We want the new layer to be placed below “Layer 1″. Here’s a useful trick. To add a new layer below the currently selected layer, hold down your Ctrl (Win) / Command (Mac) key and click on the New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette. Holding down Ctrl (Win) / Command (Mac) is the trick to placing the layer below the currently selected layer:

The New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette in Photoshop. Image © 2008 Photoshop

Hold down “Ctrl” (Win) / “Command” (Mac) and click on the New Layer icon in the Layers palette.

We now have a new blank layer named “Layer 2″ sitting directly between the Background layer and “Layer 1″:

A new blank layer appears in the Layers palette. Image © 2008 Photoshop

The Layers palette showing the new blank layer between the Background layer and “Layer 1″.

Step 4: Fill The New Layer With White

At the moment, our new layer is completely blank. Let’s fill it with white so it will appear as a white background after we’ve placed our image inside the text. Go up to the Edit menu at the top of the screen and choose Fill. This will bring up Photoshop’s Fill dialog box. Select White for the Contents option at the top of the dialog box, then click OK to exit out of the dialog box:

The Fill command dialog box in Photoshop. Image © 2008 Photoshop

Select White for the Contents option at the top of the Fill command’s dialog box.

Nothing will appear to have happened in the document window, since the image on “Layer 1″ is blocking “Layer 2″ from view, but if we look at the layer preview thumbnail for “Layer 2″ in the Layers palette, we can see that sure enough, the layer is now filled with solid white:

The layer preview thumbnail in the Layers palette in Photoshop. Image © 2008 Photoshop

The preview thumbnail for “Layer 2″ shows that the layer is now filled with white.

Step 5: Select “Layer 1″ In The Layers Palette

It’s time to add our text, but in order to see the text when we add it, we’ll need to have the text appear above “Layer 1″, otherwise the image on “Layer 1″ will block the text from view. To make sure we can see our text, click on “Layer 1″ in the Layers palette to select it. This way, as soon as we begin typing, Photoshop will create a new type layer for us and place the type layer directly above “Layer 1″:

Selecting 'Layer 1' in the Layers palette in Photoshop. Image © 2008 Photoshop

Click on “Layer 1″ in the Layers palette to select it.

Step 6: Select The Type Tool

To add the text, we’ll need Photoshop’s Type Tool, so select the Type Tool from the Tools palette. You can also quickly select the Type Tool by pressing the letter T on your keyboard:

The Type Tool in Photoshop. Image © 2008 Photoshop

Select the Type Tool.

Step 7: Choose A Font In The Options Bar

With the Type Tool selected, go up to the Options Bar at the top of the screen and choose whichever font you want to use for the effect. Generally, fonts with thick letters work best. I’m going to choose Arial Black. Don’t worry about the font size for now:

The Options Bar in Photoshop showing the options for the Type Tool. Image © 2008 Photoshop

Select a font in the Options Bar.

Step 8: Set White As Your Foreground Color

This step isn’t absolutely necessary, but to help me see my text, I’m going to use white for my text color. The color you choose for your text doesn’t really matter since we’ll be filling the text with an image in a moment, but it still helps to be able to see the text when we’re adding it. To set the text color to white, all we need to do is set Photoshop’s Foreground color to white. First, press the letter D on your keyboard, which will reset the Foreground and Background colors to their defaults. Black is the default color for the Foreground color and white is the default color for the Background color. To swap them so white becomes the Foreground color, press the letter X on your keyboard. If you look at the Foreground and Background color swatches near the bottom of the Tools palette, you’ll see that white is now the Foreground color (the left swatch):

The Foreground color swatch in the Tools palette in Photoshop. Image © 2008 Photoshop

Setting the Foreground color to white sets the text color to white as well.

Step 9: Add Your Text

With the Type Tool selected, your font chosen and white as your Foreground color, click inside your document window and add your text. Since I’m using a photo of an ocean scene in Hawaii, I’m going to type the word “HAWAII”:

Adding text to the Photoshop document. Image © 2008 Photoshop

Click inside the document and add your text.

When you’re done, click on the checkmark up in the Options Bar to accept the text.

Click the checkmark in the Options Bar to accept the text. Image © 2008 Photoshop

Click on the checkmark in the Options Bar to accept the text.

Step 10: Resize and Reposition The Text With The Free Transform Command

You’ll probably need to resize and reposition your text at this point, and we can do both of those things using Photoshop’s Free Transform command. Press Ctrl+T (Win) / Command+T (Mac) on your keyboard to bring up the Free Transform box and handles around your text, then drag any of the handles to resize the text. If you want to resize the text without distorting the look of it, hold down your Shift key and drag any of the four corner handles. You can also resize the text from its center by holding down the Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) key as you drag. Finally, to move the text, click anywhere inside the Free Transform box and drag your mouse to move the text around inside the document window:

Use the Free Transform command in Photoshop to resize and reposition the text. Image © 2008 Photoshop

Use Photoshop’s Free Transform command to resize and move the text.

Press Enter (Win) / Return (Mac) when you’re done to accept the transformation and exit out of the Free Transform command.

Step 11: Drag The Text Layer Below “Layer 1″

Now that we have our text the way we want it, we need to move the type layer below the text in the Layers palette. Click on the text layer, then simply drag it down below “Layer 1″. You’ll see a thick black line appear between “Layer 1″ and “Layer 2″:

Dragging the type layer down below 'Layer 1' in the Layers palette. Image © 2008 Photoshop

Drag the type layer below “Layer 1″.

Release your mouse button when the black line appears to drop the type layer into place between “Layer 1” and “Layer 2”:

The type layer now appears below 'Layer 1' in the Layers palette.  Image © 2008 Photoshop

The type layer now appears between “Layer 1″ and “Layer 2″.

Step 12: Select “Layer 1″ Again

Click once again on “Layer 1″ in the Layers palette to select it:

Selecting 'Layer 1' in the Layers palette. Image © 2008 Photoshop

The type layer now appears between “Layer 1″ and “Layer 2″.

The text will temporarily disappear inside the document window now that the image on “Layer 1″ is blocking it from view.

Step 13: Create A Clipping Mask

To create the illusion that the photo is inside the text, we need to use a clipping mask. This will “clip” the photo on “Layer 1″ to the text on the layer directly below it. Any areas of the photo that appear directly above the letters will remain visible in the document. The rest of the photo will disappear from view.

With “Layer 1″ selected in the Layers palette, go up to the Layer menu at the top of the screen and choose Create Clipping Mask:

Creating a clipping mask in Photoshop.  Image © 2008 Photoshop

Go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask.

If we look in the document window, we can see that the photo now appears to be inside the text:

The photo now appears inside the text in Photoshop. Image © 2008 Photoshop

The photo now appears inside the letters.

Step 14: Add A Drop Shadow (Optional)

To complete my effect, I’m going to add a drop shadow to the letters. If you want to follow along, first select the type layer in the Layers palette, then click on the Layer Styles icon at the bottom of the Layers palette:

Clicking on the Layer Styles icon in Photoshop. Image © 2008 Photoshop

Select the type layer, then click on the Layer Styles icon.

Select Drop Shadow from the list of layer styles that appears:

Selecting a drop shadow layer style in Photoshop. Image © 2008 Photoshop

Select the Drop Shadow layer style.

This brings up Photoshop’s Layer Style dialog box set to the Drop Shadow options in the middle column. I’m going to leave most of the options alone, but I’ll lower the Opacity of the drop shadow down to about 60% so it’s not quite so intense, and I’ll set the Angle of the drop shadow to 120°:

The Drop Shadow options in the Layer Style dialog box in Photoshop. Image © 2008 Photoshop

The Layer Style dialog box displaying the options for the Drop Shadow.

Click OK when you’re done to apply the drop shadow an exit out of the Layer Style dialog box. Here is my final “image in text” effect:

Photoshop image in text effect. Image © 2008 Photoshop

The final “image in text” effect.

And there we have it!


How to Fill a Selection with a Solid Color in Photoshop [Solved]

How to Fill a Selection with a Solid Color in Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop LogoWhen you just want to add a solid color while working in Photoshop CS6, you use either the foreground or the background color. (These colors appear at the bottom of the Tools panel.) The following steps show you the basics of filling a selection with either the foreground or the background color (you have plenty of other Fill options as well.):

  1. Create your selection on a layer.

  2. Select a fill color as the foreground or background color.

    Choose Window→Color. In the Color panel, use the color sliders to mix your desired color.

  3. Choose Edit→Fill.

    The Fill dialog box appears. In this dialog box, under Contents, you can select whether to fill with the foreground or the background color. You also can select Color (which launches the Color Picker), Black, 50% Gray, White, History, Pattern, or the Content-Aware option.


  4. Click OK.

    The color that you choose fills the selection.

You can select a blending mode, the fill opacity, and choose whether to fill the entire selection or only the portions of the selection that contain pixels (the nontransparent areas). It’s recommended to not adjust your Blending Mode or Opacity settings in the Fill dialog box; instead create a new layer for your fill and adjust those settings in the Layers panel, where you have more flexibility.


How to use Photoshop Eraser Tool

How to use Photoshop Eraser Tool

Eraser tool Photoshop’s eraser tool can be found in the second group of icons in the toolbox. It has three variations: Eraser, Background Eraser and Magic Eraser.

The Eraser Tool

Photoshop LogoThe eraser is basically a brush which erases pixels as you drag it across the image. Pixels are erased to transparency, or the background colour if the layer is locked.

When you select the eraser tool, you have various options available in the toolbar:

Brush: Options include the size of the eraser, hardness of edges and various styles. Brush options are not available in block mode.

Mode: There are three options: brush (soft edges), pencil (hard edges) and block (square brush size).

Opacity: 100% opacity erases pixels completely, 0% does not erase at all. 50% is semi-transparent (or coloured). Opacity is not available in block mode.

Flow: Determines how quickly the erasure is applied by the brush. Lower settings produce a more subtle effect. Only available in brush mode.

Airbrush: Use the eraser as an airbrush. Only available in brush mode.

Erase to History: Erases to a saved state or snapshot of the image. To use this feature, click the left column in the history palette next to the desired state.

Background Eraser Tool

The background eraser tool allows you to remove the background colour from an image or layer. When you click the image, the eraser samples the colour at the centre of the brush and erases this colour as you drag. Options in the toolbar allow you to specify the type of erasure, colour tolerance and sampling method.

Background Eraser Tool

Magic Eraser Tool

The magic eraser tool erases all colours within a set tolerance. This is essentially the same as using the magic wand and hitting Delete. Using this tool you don’t need to drag — just click once.

Magic Eraser Tool

How to Create a Multi Page PDF using Photoshop CS3

How to Create a Multi Page PDF using Photoshop CS3

Photoshop LogoAs illustrators at some point you will be asked to make multi-page PDF’s so here is a simple guide for you. I’m using PSD CS3 and Windows 7, so your windows may differ slightly if you are using a different version or a MAC.

First you will need to create and save all your required pages in whatever image format you like. Make sure that these saved files are all in the same convenient folder.

Next return to Photoshop and select the File -> Automate – >PDF Presentation from the top menu. You will now be shown a screen similar to the below, click the browse button and select all of your previously saved image files (You can hold down the SHIFT/CTRL keys to select more than one file) then click “Open”.

The pages will be in the source files order so make sure to name files accordingly. The final steps are to make sure that the Save as “Multi-page Presentation” button is on and click “Save”.  You will then be asked to name your new PDF presentation, and your done.