This tutorial is written with Photoshop but the principles are
super easy to use in most graphics programs.
Particularly at present, with the trend to use lots
of different papers on a page, one is often faced with the problem
of getting text of one colour to show up as in this example:
And of course you don’t want to have to type
every title in black LOL! This tutorial will show you how to solve
the problem very elegantly!
Set up your title as you would like it to end up with regards to
fonts and size (not so much colour at this stage) – it is
important that you do this as you will be making changes which will
be difficult to undo. In the example above it is still possible
to see Elizabeth’s name clearly enough, however, were it say
black and white at this stage I’d use, maybe, a grey so as
to be able to see the end result.
Once you are happy with font and size, change the colour of the
text to that which shows up best on the darker paper, in this case
I will stay with white.
One little tip here – it will usually end up looking best
if no one character is over the join (eg I don’t want to end
up with half a white, half a denim blue “z”, which I
would if Elizabeth was slightly further to the left.) That said
it can be very attractive to do the initial letter, in my case the
“E” in a large, maybe fancy, font and have that being
half and half.
Duplicate the text layer (Photoshop Ctrl+J) and change the colour
of the font to what you’d like on the lighter paper –
in my example I’ll change to denim blue.
As you can see, part of Elizabeth disappears…….
Click on the top layer of text, right click > Rasterize Layer
(now you see why it was important to get this right in the beginning?
Using you Marquee tool to select the section of
the top layer which you would like to appear white (in my example
“Eli”) and hit delete……….. ta da……..
you have a lovely title, easily read against the deep and light
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and find lots of uses for
it – what works for fonts will work for all sorts of other
things, like brushes…… let your imagination run free!
Papers are from my “Forget-Me-Not”
Font is DSP
Pollyanna by Suzanne C Walker, here at DSP.