Create See-Through Text with Photoshop Elements

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Chastain, Sue. "Create See-Through Text with Photoshop Elements." ThoughtCo, Apr. 14, 2017, thoughtco.com/photoshop-elements-transparent-text-1702691. Chastain, Sue. (2017, April 14). Create See-Through Text with Photoshop Elements. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/photoshop-elements-transparent-text-1702691 Chastain, Sue. "Create See-Through Text with Photoshop Elements." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/photoshop-elements-transparent-text-1702691 (accessed October 20, 2017).
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Set Up the Type Tool

Set Up the Type Tool
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This tutorial will show you how to create a see-through text effect with Photoshop Elements. In this beginner tutorial you will work with the type tool, the move tool, the effects palette, layers, blending modes, and layer styles.

I have used Photoshop Elements 6 for these instructions, but this technique should work in older versions as well. If you are using an older version, your Effects palette may be arranged a little differently than what is shown here.

Let's begin:

Open the image you'd like to add see-through text to in Photoshop Elements Full Edit mode. For simplicity, I'm using one of the free patterns offered on this site.

Choose the Type Tool from the toolbox.

In the options bar, choose a bold font. I'm using Playbill.

Tip: You can adjust the size of the font menu previews by going to Edit > Preferences > Type and setting the Font Preview Size.

In the options bar, set the font size to 72, the alignment to centered, and the font color to 50% gray.

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Add Your Text

Add Your Text
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Click in the center of your image and type some text. Click the green checkmark in the options bar, or hit Enter on the numeric keypad to accept the text.

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Resize and Position the Text

Resize and Position the Text
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Choose the move tool from the toolbox. Grab a corner of the text and drag it out to make the text larger. Resize and position the text with the move tool until you are pleased with the placement, then click the green checkmark to accept the changes.

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Add a Bevel Effect

Add a Bevel Effect
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Go to the Effects palette (Window > Effects if it is not already on screen).

Click the second button for layer styles, and set the menu to Bevels. Choose a Bevel effect that you like from the thumbnails and double click on it to apply it to your text. I am using Simple Inner bevel.

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Change the Blending Mode

Change the Blending Mode
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Go to the Layers palette (Window > Layers if it is not already on screen).

Set the layer blending mode to Overlay.

Now you have see-through text!

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Change the Style of the Effect

Change the Style of the Effect
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You can alter the appearance of the text effect by choosing a different bevel. You can further alter it, by adjusting the style settings. You access the style settings by double clicking the fx symbol for the corresponding layer on the layers palette.

Here I changed the bevel style to Scalloped Edge from the Effects palette and I changed the style settings for the bevel from "up" to "down" so it looks like the text has been engraved in the wood by a router.

Keep in mind that your text is still an editable object so you can change the text, move it, or resize it without having to start over and with full quality.

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