(note: this tutorial was written using Photoshop
CS, but will work for other versions of Photoshop as well)
Changing the color of your Word Art is very easy in Photoshop.
First open your word art .png document. Here we have opened "See
The Stars" word art from "Star Shine" by Tina Chambers.
Cntrl-click (pc) or Command-click (mac) the word art layer in
your layers palatte. This will put a moving marquee precisely
around the word art.
Next, choose your fill color by clicking on the foreground color
swatch in your tools palatte. This will bring up your color chooser
box. We have selected a purple color.
Now simply go to the top menu and go to Edit/Fill. Make sure
"foreground color" is selected as your fill color and
Voila! The word art is now purple.
Now let's say that we only want the word Stars to be purple,
leaving the rest of the text black.
After option-clicking (pc) or command-clicking (mac) to place
the moving marquee around the word art, select the lasso tool
from your tool palatte. Now hold down the option key on the keyboard.
Your lasso tool will now have a "-" sign on it. You
can now deselect any portion of the marquee selection. Keep holding
the option key down as you draw around the portions of text you
want to keep black. Here we have "deselected" the smaller
text, keeping the moving marquee around the word Stars only.
Now you can go to Edit/Fill once again and fill with your foreground
color. This time you will see that only the word "Stars"
has been filled.
Now you can select all and copy and paste this right into your
You can also fill the word art with a background paper for a
special effect. The technique is the same, except instead of filling
your moving marquee selection with color, open a background paper,
select all and copy. Then return to your word art document with
moving marquee selection and go to "Edit/Paste Into"
from the top menu.
Here we have filled the word Stars with a background paper from
La Boheme Page Kit by Rene' Bross. Remember to merge down your
layers before copying to your layout page.
Suddenly Word Art becomes much more versatile!