Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Cut Out Text Effect

I don’t know about you, but some photoshop elements techniques I only use once in a very long while. And of course you tend to forget how to do things after a while, memory being the way it is and all. I’ve found the best way to remember how to do things in photoshop elements, is to post the tutorial on my own blog for quick reference. Which is a bonus for you!

So enjoy today’s tutorial – a cool text effect.

Note: This tutorial is presented using Photoshop Elements 6.0, but the steps will be similar in other versions also.

Open your image in photoshop elements. I found this interesting wooden texture image at the Texture Warehouse. If you want to follow along with the tutorial, you can download it for free here.

Cut Out Text Effect

Turn this image which is currently the background image into a layer by double clicking on the image layer in the layers palette and then click OK in the dialog box.

Cut Out Text Effect

Make a new layer by clicking the Create a New Layer icon.

Cut Out Text Effect

Fill the layer with white.

Cut Out Text Effect

Using your mouse, drag the main image layer on top of the white layer.

Cut Out Text Effect

Right click the Text Tool and select Horizontal Type Mask Tool.
Select a font that is bold and chunky. I used Baveuse which you can download free from here.
Select the appropriate size for your font. I used 180px.

Cut Out Text Effect

Click on the image and you’ll notice that the background turns a reddish color.

Cut Out Text Effect

Type your word.

Cut Out Text Effect

Click the check mark …

Cut Out Text Effect

… and you’ll notice that the text becomes outlined in marching ants.

Cut Out Text Effect

Hit the Delete key on your keyboard and this deletes the letters that are outlined by the marching ants, revealing the bottom layer which we earlier filled with white.

Cut Out Text Effect

Select the Low shadow effect from the Shadow Effects Palette, or you can play around with the other types of shadows.

Cut Out Text Effect

And you can see that the shadow effect gives a cut-away effect to the lettering.

Cut Out Text Effect

Press the Esc key on your keyboard to remove the marching ants.

Cut Out Text Effect

You can play around with different types of drop shadows and bevels to create interesting text effects.

Cut Out Text Effect

Cut Out Text Effect


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3 Comments

  1. Thanks, this was EXACTLY what I was looking for! I’ve had Elements for a year and never noticed the alternate text tools.

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  2. Thank you so much! This was EXACTLY what I was looking for. Your tutorial was concise and inerrant. Beauty!

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    • You’re welcome :)

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