Sometimes a plain old title just isn't "enough" for your layout.
Two toned text can add some fun to your page!
First let's pick two colors from our layout that we want to use
to make our text with. Here I've chosen a light blue and a sort
of icy color. Use your eyedropper tool, and click on a color in
your layout. Then type X on your keypad to switch the foreground
and background colors. Using your eyedropper tool again, choose
a second color.
A handy window to have open in Photoshop while working with text
is the Character window. If yours is not open, go to Window>Character
to open it.
Click on your text tool (T), and type your item onto your layout.
Once you've committed the text, you can go to your Character window
to change the font, size, etc.
Next we want to duplicate this layer, so that when we are all
finished we know that everything is lined up perfectly. Control-J
to duplicate the layer. Go to you Character window, click on the
"color" box to set the text color, and when the color
picker dialog box pops up, click on your second color of choice
to change the color of your text.
We will need to erase part of this layer, and to do so you must
first rasterize your layer. Right click on the layer, and choose
Rasterize Layer. Now click on your eraser tool, and go to the
brushes palette to choose your eraser brush. If you want a clean
line between the colors, choose a square brush. To do this you
may have to load them first. Click on the flyout arrow next to
the word "Brushes", and from the list choose Square
Brushes. When you are asked if you want to replace the current
brushes, click OK, unless you have brushes you have not saved
Make sure your brush is large enough to cover half of your text,
if you need to make it bigger press the ] key, or [ to make it
smaller. Hold down your shift key and drag the brush across the
text. Link your layers together, and you have 2 toned text!
It's also fun to change the brush on your eraser before erasing
the top text layer. You can create all different kinds of effects
this way. Here I've used a grungy type brush and three layers
of text instead of two...
You can also use your eraser to "punch out" shapes
from the top layer, like in this example...
There you go!! Now go have fun with your text!