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Old March 10th, 2009, 11:34 PM
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Letters Cut Out of Pictures

Hello there! I have been playing in PSE 7..alot! I have yet to master creating letters using a pictures as the background.
Could someone please give me simple instructions on how to do this?
I want to spell the word HAWAII out of one of the pictures that I took on the beach to add to my 12x12 LO.
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Old March 10th, 2009, 11:54 PM
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Hi Cynthia-

Give this a try: (this will be quick, and sans pictures)

1. Open your image. In the layers palette, the only layer should be called "Background". Hold down Alt (or Option on a Mac) and double click the thumbnail on the layers palette. This will convert the layer to a normal layer.

2. Select the Type tool and click inside your image to make a new type layer, and type Hawaii in the size and typeface you wish to use.

3. Drag the image layer above the type layer in the layers palette.

4. With the image layer selected, go to Layers>Group With Previous. This will make something called a Clipping Group, which "clips" he type to the picture, allowing the image to show only where there are letters. (There are other ways to make a clipping group, but this is the most straightforward, especially for typed instructions).

That should put your image inside the word Hawaii!

Hope that helps,
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Old March 11th, 2009, 09:04 AM
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As always, there are many ways to "skin a cat" - well, maybe that's a lousy thing for a cat lover to say , but...

Open your photo - it does not need to be changed from a background to a regular layer

Select your text tool - choose a bold font and a large font size (around 120 at least) - choose "horizontal mask tool" from the tool options bar which you will find across the top of your editing space (this tool options bar changes for each tool)

Type your word - hit the checkmark

You will see a selection in the shape of your word

control j puts that word selection on its own layer

Turn off the original layer using the eyeball on the left edge of the original layer in the layers palette (you will not be able to see your word selection if you do not turn off the original layer)

Now this word layer can be moved onto your project by drag/drop or copy/paste

BTW - did you know you can drag that word layer from the layers palette into your project?

Don't forget to add styles to your word art - the bevels work well - and the shadows are usually really great for making your word art stand out.

Although this isn't what you are trying to accomplish, this can be done using that same method:

In this case, I didn't turn off the original layer, I turned down the opacity of it. Plus, I added a bevel to the word.
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Old March 11th, 2009, 10:58 AM
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Thank you for both instructions!! I got them to work for the FIRST time!! Thank you all so much!
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