Text Within Text

This will be the end result:

Text Within Text

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Open a new file 800 x 800, 72px resolution

Select the Gradient Fill tool and Linear gradient. Apply the following settings:

Gradient Settings

Drag the cursor from the bottom of the canvas to the top in a straight line

Select the Text tool and your choice of font, size around 200pt, foreground colour black

Type each word on a separate layer

If one of your words is longer than the others you may wish to reduce the font size

Right click on each text layer in the layers palette and click Rasterize Type

Select the Text tool and a small, thin font, size 14pt, foreground colour black

Type a paragraph that is big enough to cover the entire text of the biggest word

(I used a newspaper article about chocolate! Using no punctuation and few capital letters)

Right click on the layer in the layers palette and click Rasterize Type

Duplicate the layer

Drag one of the paragraph layers below your first text layer

*Ctrl + Click on the thumbnail of the text layer in the layers palette to select the pixels

Select>Modify>Contract – set to 4, click OK

With the text layer active, hit the delete key – do not deselect

Select>Inverse

Select>Modify>Contract – set to 2, click OK

With the paragraph layer active, hit the delete key – do not deselect

Create a new layer below the paragraph layer

Set the foreground colour to #F2EDD6

Select>Inverse

Edit>Fill>Foreground Color – click OK

Ctrl + D to deselect

Double click on the text layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Drop Shadow settings:

Drop Shadow Settings

Hold down the shift key and select the text, paragraph and colour fill layers

Right click and click Merge Layers

Repeat from * for each text layer, making sure to duplicate the paragraph layer and drag the copy below the text layer you are working on.

If you have reduced the text size on any word, also reduce the paragraph size accordingly

Ctrl + click on any of the text layers in the layers palette to select the pixels

Create a new layer below the text layer

Select>Modify>Expand – set to 2, click OK

Set the foreground colour to while

Edit>Fill>Foreground Color – click OK

Repeat this process for each text layer

Text Within Text

The finished project

9 Responses to “Text Within Text”

  1. Tahnks for the tutorial. This is really a great look!

  2. This is really cool! I am using what I made from this tutorial as my blog header right now. I changed it a bit to go with my blog title (even though I like the text within text better than what I made, it wouldn’t have made sense for my header…if for no other reason than it is too small to show off the inside text well enough) Come and see. My blog is http://raincool.blogspot.com and in case I end up taking it down for some reason — I put it and a link to this tutorial in a post at http://raincool.blogspot.com/2010/04/header-2.html

  3. hello! I just want to ask what font did you use in this tutorial.

  4. thank you!!

  5. Very nice guide. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thank you for the information. I’m going to put it to use when I plan my wedding (in February this year)

  7. Amazing tutorial and thank you for sharing

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