Creating semitransparent type

You can use blending options to create what appears to be semitransparent type. To do this, create a type layer and apply any layer styles you want. The Satin style, for example, can be used to darken the type, and the Pattern Overlay style can be used to create a patterned effect. In the Layer Style dialog box, drag the Set opacity of effect slider to the left and watch the preview until you get the amount of transparency you like. Any background images behind the type will appear as the fill of the type.

Using the Gradient Tool

Before you can apply the fade effect, you need to create a layer mask for the type layer. You create the layer mask by clicking the Add layer mask button on the Layers palette. Then, you click the Gradient Tool on the toolbox. You can experiment with different types of gradient styles, but to create simple fading type, make sure Linear Gradient is selected, click the Click to open Gradient picker list arrow, then click the Black, White button on the Gradient palette.


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Creating white chrome type

By now, you've come to realize that not only can you create cool type by warping and fading it, you can also apply other techniques to create a variety of unique effects. For instance, you can give type the illusion of white chrome, and even add color to the chrome effect. To create this effect, start with black type in a large point size. Add a drop shadow, switch the foreground color to white, then fill the type with the new foreground color by pressing [Alt][Backspace] (Win) or [option][delete] (Mac). Add an Inner Shadow style, then the Satin style (with a low Distance setting). See the top of Figure 24. To add color to the effect (at the bottom of Figure 24), modify the Hue/Saturation setting and the Curves setting.

Create a fade effect

1. Click the Yorkie layer on the Layers palette.

2. Click the Horizontal Type Tool T\ on the toolbox, click above the dog's left eye at approximately 360 X/360 Y, set the font to Arial Black, the alignment to Left align text, the font size to 48 pt, then type Times as shown in Figure 25.

3. Click the Commit any current edits button ^ on the options bar.

4. Click the Add layer mask button Ol on the

Layers palette.

5. Click the Gradient Tool J, on the toolbox.

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6. Click the Linear Gradient style J on the options bar.

7. Click the Click to open Gradient picker list arrow on the options bar.

8. Double-click the Black, White style (top row, third from left), then compare the settings on your options bar to Figure 26.

9. Verify that the layer mask is selected, press and hold [Shift], drag the Gradient pointer fromthe bottom of the Times text letter'm' halfway up in the letter'm', then release [Shift], Compare your text to Figure 27.

10. Save your work.

You added a layer mask and a gradient to create a faded type effect.


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Linear Gradient

Black, White gradient

Black, White gradient

Linear Gradient


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Options for the Gradient

Reverse check box reverses the direction of the fade


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Bottom half of type is faded

Add a lighting effect


Lighting effect

1. Click the Barkin layer on the Layers palette.

Make sure the layer mask thumbnail is selected, not the mask thumbnail.

2. Click Filter on the menu bar, point to Render, then click Lighting Effects.

3. Make sure that the Default style and Spotlight Light type are selected, and that the light source is directed from the lower-right corner, then click OK.

4. Hide the rulers, turn off the bounding box, save your work, then compare your image to Figure 28.

5. Close the image, then exit Photoshop. You added a lighting filter to give the image a more polished appearance.

Warping objects

You can warp any rasterized object by clicking Edit on the menu bar, pointing to Transform, then clicking Warp. When you do this, a grid displays around the object. Clicking and dragging any of the points on the grid allows you to transform the shape of the object. Once you have selected this command, the options bar displays the Warp list arrow. You can use a custom shape, in which you drag the handles that surround the object, or you can select a shape from the list to use to warp the object.



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