When I was a kid I loved to play around with words and fonts. I would write the same word several times using a different creative style for each: big blocky letters with a bold marker, then delicate italics with a calligraphy pen, then all sparkly with glitter glue, etc. My seven-year-old daughter does the same thing, only she uses the computer instead, making changes to fonts, styles, and colors super-easy.
My go-to programs when doing something creative that involves text are Adobe Illustrator or InDesign. However, Tim Grey’s new course Photoshop CS6 Text Workshop really opened my eyes to some of the great things you can do with text directly in Photoshop. This course covers the basics of adding and customizing text using Photoshop’s tools and presets, as well as more advanced techniques like applying filter effects and adding text on a path.
I was inspired to try out the technique for putting an image inside text. I had seen this effect before, but assumed it would be more complicated than I had time and/or energy for. Tim made it look pretty cool though, so I picked an image of my own and followed along as he showed me how to do it. I used a shot of the sun coming up on a misty morning that I took with my camera phone. It’s fairly average as a standalone image, but it worked out well for this project and I had a lot of fun playing around with font size and styles. I encourage you to take a look at this free lesson and give it a try yourself!