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In this quick tutorial, we will learn how to change an image to text or vice versa. This simple but cool effect is great for city posters or social media images. An easy and quick technique inside Adobe Photoshop. So let’s see how to achieve it.

Tutorial details and resources

Difficulty: Beginner
Apps Used: Adobe Photoshop (CS5 or later)
Estimated Completion Time: 5-10′ Minutes
Resources: BW image by Lotus  –  Dreams on New York by Thomas

Step 1 > Create a New Document

Create a new Photoshop document. For this tutorial use 1200px width, 800px height and white background.

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Step 2 > Background

Drag and drop the first image and make it fit your canvas. Lower the layer opacity to 30%.

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Step 3 > Text

Pict the Text Tool (T) in your toolbox and write a text with 170pt size and “Broadway” font. You can use any font and size you want. The text color is also not important because we will hide it.

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Step 4 > Text Image

Drag and drop the second image on your canvas. Make it fit and cover your text. While pressing ( Alt ) on your keyboard, click between the image and text layers (image b). With the Move Tool (V) you can change the position of your image over the text. This is a very good technique because you can change the text or the image position any time you want.

Place the image over the text.

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Press (Alt) and click between the text layer and image layer.

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Step 5 > Stroke

For the last step, select the text layer and go to Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options. Add Stroke with the following settings:

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This simple technique works with shapes, selections and other objects not only text. You can add a heart shape and place another image over it. Experiment with different images and fonts.

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