Stylize Type in Photoshop Elements 10 - dummies

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

If you’ve tried your hand at creating a type mask, you know that Photoshop Elements 10 is capable of much more than just throwing a few black letters at the bottom of your image. With a few clicks here and there, you can warp, distort, enhance, and stylize your type. If you’re not careful, your creative typography can outshine your image.

Adjust type opacity in Photoshop Elements 10

You probably know that layers are a digital version of the old analog transparency sheets. You can change element opacity on layers to let the underlying layer show through in varying degrees. This is also possible on a type layer. Peek at this image to see how varying the percentage of opacity of your type layer makes more of the underlying layer (of water) show through.


To change the opacity of a type layer, simply select the layer on the Layers panel, click the arrow to the right of the Opacity percentage, and drag the slider. The lower the percentage, the less opaque the type (and the more the underlying layer shows through).

Applying filters to your type in Photoshop Elements 10

One of the most interesting things you can do with type in Elements that you can’t do in a word-processing or page-layout program is apply special effects, such as filters. You can make type look like it’s on fire, underwater, or on the move.

The only caveat is that type has to be simplified first before a filter can be applied. Be sure to do all your text editing before you get to the filtering stage.

Applying the filter is as easy as selecting the simplified type layer on the Layers panel and choosing a filter from the Filter menu.

Applying a motion blur to type can make it appear as fast as the car.
Applying a motion blur to type can make it appear as fast as the car.