Highlighted Text Overlay | Photoshop Tutorial 2017
A common design feature these days is a text overlay blended with a background photo in a stylish way. Here we will create a sports-themed poster, but you can theme it to just about anything.
Now, to a get a quick, gritty look on this sports photo, just make a duplicate of the layer by pressing Command-J (PC: Ctrl-J), then go under the Filter menu, under Other, and choose High Pass. Set the Radius to 10 pixels and click OK.
Change the blend mode of this high pass layer to Overlay. This will sharpen and enhance the contrast of the subject.
Next, we are going to colorize the image using a Black & White adjustment layer. Oh yeah, you heard me right. With the topmost layer selected, click on the Create New Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose Black & White.
In the Properties panel, turn on the Tint checkbox at the top, then click on the swatch to the right to open the Color Picker. Choose a color for the base background and click OK. Here, I am using a gold color (R=174, G=127, B=15). Remember, it is an adjustment layer, so you can change this at any time.
Once you choose the tint color, using the various color sliders below, you can adjust the intensity of the color by color ranges in the image. For instance, increasing the Reds amount will make the shadow areas lighter, thus making the tint color show more. You can continue to adjust the other sliders where needed until the image is to your liking.
Select the original photo layer in the Layers panel and drop its Opacity to 55%.
Go under the View menu and choose New Guide Layout. Turn off the Columns checkbox, and turn on the Margin checkbox, then set all sides to 100 px. Click OK.
Grab the Horizontal Type tool (T) in the Toolbox. Then, click on the top left margin corner and drag out a text box inside the margin guides. Choose a font in the Options Bar (I used Futura Medium), then set the text to fit the theme. I typed “BASKETBALL” but split the word onto three lines, changing the font size and kerning to make it fit evenly, as you see here.
Highlight the first line of text, then press-and-hold Command-Option-Shift (PC: Ctrl-Alt-Shift) and press the period key repeatedly, until the last letter jumps to the next line, then go back one step by pressing the comma key. Do this to the remaining lines to fill the width of the box with the text. Adjust the leading in the Character panel, if necessary (I adjusted it so the lines were close, but not touching).
Double-click the text layer’s thumbnail to select the text. Then, go to the Options Bar and click on the color swatch to open the Color Picker. Here, I am using this bright magenta red color since my background is yellow. You may need to experiment with other colors if using a different color background. Click OK when done.
: Now just change the text layer’s blend mode to Difference, and this will result in an interesting color mix with the background. Finally, as an option, you can add a subtle Drop Shadow layer style to the text layer to create a sense of depth, as you see here. Also, if you change the tint color in the adjustment layer, you will see various interesting results with the way it is all blending.
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