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PhotoShop Tutorial:
Lettering and Gradient-Fills

by Cheryl Gribble

gradient fill

Begin by creating a new image, 5" x 2". Duplicate the layer. Write some text into the image, using a color you can see. Click on Layers, Rasterize, Text. Select the gradient tool and pick a pre-colored pattern from the top menu row. I chose a circular gradient. Drag the mouse across the lettering. You should not be able to see any text now. Drag the text layer using your mouse to a position below the gradient layer and ALT + Click on the line between the two layers. Flatten the image, crop it, save it in a format you like.
See Also: How to Fill Text With An Image

gradient fill

Create a new image 5" x 2". Duplicate the layer. Write some red text onto the white. Flatten the layers. Use the magic wand to select all the red. (Use Select, Similar if necessary). When all of the red text is selected, Select,Modify,Border. I used a setting of 1 pixel in the dialog box. Click OK.
The color of the foreground color will be the color of the border on your text, and I chose a dark color such as navy or black. Once the darker foreground (for border) is selected, click on Edit, Fill, Foreground color. Your border has now been placed. Deselect all selections by clicking Ctrl + D.
Now you still have red text? Use the magic wand to select all text and use Select,Similar if necessary until all of the text is selected. Change the foreground color in the left tool bar to white. Click ALT + Backspace to fill the selected lettering with white. Ctrl + D will deselect the text. (You should now see White lettering on a white background, unless you changed the background color of the new image when you began this project.)
Similarly, by using your background and text colors to match, you could have yellow text on yellow background, just be sure to use your initial text in a contrasting color so that you can select just the text in order to make the border. Flatten the layers and crop the image and save in a desired format.

Updated 22 Jan 2009
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