Create your text layer. Use an italic font to enhance the motion effect. Duplicate the text layer using Ctrl-J (Command-J on a Mac). Right-click (hold Ctrl and click on a Mac) on the original layer, and select Rasterize from the menu that appears.

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Rasterizing the text layer

Now we're going to apply a filter to make the text look like it's moving. Filters can only be applied to raster layers, which is why we've rasterized our original layer. Select Filter > Blur > Motion Blur to bring up the Motion Blur dialog. To make your text look like it's moving horizontally, set the Angle to 0Adjust the Distance to a value that works with your text.

Applying the Motion Blur filter

In the finished example below, I've adjusted the Opacity of the motion layer in the Layers palette to fade it out slightly, and used a layer mask to hide the right-hand side of the blur effect so that the text looks like it's moving towards the right. (If you need a refresher on creating layer masks, see the solutions for "Fading an Image into the Background" in Chapter 2.)

WARNING Raster Right!

You can't edit the text that you originally typed once you've rasterized a text layer, so make sure that everything's correct (and spell-checked!) before you go rasterizing your text layers.

Cleaning up the motion effect
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