Transform a type layer for use in a clipping mask

1. Open PS 11-1 .psd from the drive and folder where your Data Files are stored, update the text layers, then save the file as Mail.

The MAIL type layer is active.

2. Click Layer on the menu bar, point to Rasterize, then click Type.

The Mail layer is no longer a type layer, as shown in Figure 3.

3. Click the Move Tool H on the toolbox (if necessary).

4. Click Edit on the menu bar, point to Transform, then click Skew.

5. Type -15 in the Set horizontal skew text box on the options bar so the type is slanted, as shown in Figure 4.

TIP You can also drag the handles surrounding the object until the skew effect looks just right.

6. Click the Commit transform (Return) button ^ on the options bar.

7. Turn off the guides if they are displayed, and then compare your image to Figure 5.

You rasterized the existing type layer, then altered its shape using the Skew command and the Set horizontal skew by entering the value in the text box on the options bar. This transformation slanted the image.

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Effect of clipping mask

FIGURE 7

Effect of clipping mask

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