How to Mask with Type in Photoshop Elements 11

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Photoshop Elements 11 includes Vertical and Horizontal Type Mask tools. Type Mask tools don’t create a new layer. Instead, they create a selection on the active layer, like the one shown.

[Credit: © ermingut Image #18951814]

Credit: © ermingut Image #18951814

You can treat the selections created with the Type Mask tools just as you would any other selection. Try the following:

  • Move type mask selections around your document when any of the selection tools are active.

  • Store type mask selections for later use by choosing Select→Save Selection.

  • Use the selection to cut or copy portions of an image in text-shaped chunks, as shown.

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    Credit: © Image #18951814
  • On a separate layer, fill the selection with a Foreground to Transparent gradient to have your type gradually fade out over the image, as shown.

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    Credit: © Image #4504296