This tutorial demonstrates how to utilise one of Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor 15’s Guided Fun Edits Scripts to create a quick cut-out text effect. To work along, you are welcome to download the sweeties Start Image I am working with Here.
Open your Start Image onto Elements’ workspace; File then Open: Ctrl/Cmd then O.
Now, from the top menu of Photoshop Elements, click the Guided tab.
Then click the Fun Edits tab.
Now click the Photo Text tab, highlighted in red below.
Take a look at the Scripts on this page. There’s some interesting effects to play with, including Out Of Bounds photo effects and Collages.
After you have clicked the Photo Text tab your start image will be displayed on your workspace - and you are ready for the next step.
You will be working with the following Tool Options Panel to create your cut-out text (found on your workspace’s right side), from now on.
From the Tool Options Panel, click the Type Tool tab.
Then left-click over your photograph and type in your choice of text. You can change the font, style, size from the Tool Options Panel very easily. After you have the applied text of your choice, click the green tick/check to commit to the changes.
Always reposition your text before utilising the Crop tab to crop your canvas.
My Text Settings
You can left-click and drag your text to a better position.
Aligning Your Text
For the purpose of this tutorial I have aligned my text to the left; however, you may wish to centralise it. If so, then click the Align Centrally tab indicated below.
Still working in the Tool Options Panel, you can select a different Background. Your choices are Black, White or Clear/Transparent.
Take some time and play with different text effects and create cut-out text that suits your needs. I clicked the Clear tab and selected a Small Bevel and Drop Shadow for my example below.
Fill Layer Tip
If you set a Clear/Transparent Background Style, you can then fill that layer with your choice of either a Solid Colour, Pattern or Gradient of your choice - Fill Layer Tutorial Here.
This is my final image and because I have filled the Clear/Transparent layer with the same pattern as this tutorial’s background - the cut-out text appears to blend seamlessly with this page.
To personalise the Bevel, Drop Shadow and Stroke of your text, click the Advanced tab and play with the settings. I selected the Small tab for my text.
When you are happy with your cut-out text, click Next and decide how you would like to proceed. You can save your work as it is - alternatively, you can work with it in Expert Mode and create a Fill Layer as explained above - or share it on Facebook, Flickr or Twitter.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial - don’t forget to experiment with Photoshop Elements 15’s Fun Edit Scripts.
Optimise and Save Images Tutorial
Fill Transparent Layers With A Solid Colour Fills, A Pattern Or A Gradient
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