How to Carve Type Out of Stone with Photoshop Elements 11 - dummies

How to Carve Type Out of Stone with Photoshop Elements 11

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

You can use a Type tool in Photoshop Elements 11 to create selections shaped like text and then use images themselves as fills for the type. For example, if you’re creating a floral-themed web page, you can use pictures of flowers as the fill for the text. A type selection can cut out any part of a picture for use in any way you want.

Follow these steps to create letters made from stone:

1In the Photo Editor, in Expert mode, open the stone texture image you want to use.

Use a sandstone wall, but you can use other kinds of stone or wood or any texture that interests you.

2Convert your background into a layer by double-clicking the word Background in the Layers panel and then click OK.

This step enables you to stylize the type later.

3Select the Horizontal Type Mask tool from the Tools panel and then click the area where you want to enter text; press the T key to cycle through the various Type tools.

You can also select the particular Type tool you want from the Tool Options.

4Select the font, font style, font size, and other text attributes from the drop-down lists in the Tool Options. Click the image and type the text; click the Commit button (the check mark icon) next to your text.

A selection border in the shape of the text appears on your image, as shown.

5Choose Select→Inverse, which deselects letter selections and selects everything else. Press the Backspace (Delete on the Mac) key to delete everything outside your selection border and choose Select→Deselect.

Your type is now filled with your stone texture.

6Choose Window→Effects and select the Layer Styles button at the top of the Effects panel.

Then select the Bevels styles library from the drop-down menu on the Effects panel. Double-click a bevel.

7Select the Drop Shadow styles library from the drop-down menu in the upper-right area of the Effects panel and double-click a shadow.

A Simple Inner bevel and Soft Edge drop shadow is used to produce the stone letters, as shown.

If you want to admire your type against a solid background, create a new layer and then choose Edit→Fill Layer and choose a color from the Use drop-down menu.