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Class Project 04 - How to weave text in and out of a Photoshop image

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi there, in this video we are going to get the model here to interact with a type, kind of weaving in, front, back. It's super popular at the moment, let's look how to do it in Photoshop now. 
Now a little note before we get started, this builds on the previous video, if you're jumping straight to this video, I'm going to show you what we've done. Basically what we did was we took the model, we used the Quick Selection Tool, just this one here, to make a selection around the model. Then we copied and pasted on to its own layer, all by itself. You can see here, on its own layer. Then we put some Type in between, top layer and the bottom layer, and that's where we get started in this tutorial. 
Now we want to do this, and get it to kind of weave in and out. Let's get started. To get started, open up the file that you were working on earlier. Remember, we cut this woman out, and we put text behind her but if you didn't do it, and you're just jumping straight at this video, you can open up the exercise file, it's called 'Layer Mask 03', and you can just start with my version here. Like we did in the last tutorial, where we just painted-- remember we just did the half and half, where it was half a new renovation, half old. 
We end with this exact same thing here. So what we're going to do is make sure you've got the 'Model Layer' selected. If you are just jumping back into this we've actually cut this woman out, off the background. She's still there in the background but we've kind of broken her out, so that there's text in between. So the top layer selected, just like we did with the last tutorial, got no selection, was going to hit 'Layer Mask. Remember, our Layer Mask is white, means it's not doing anything at the moment until I paint it with my Paint Brush, using black. If it's not black, hit this little icon. Click this double arrow to switch it around to make sure black is at the front. 
Now in terms of brush sizes, it doesn't really matter in this case. It's pretty forgiving, so any old size, anything around 50 or 60. Hardness, it doesn't really matter, I'm going to have mine up reasonably high. Because what you'll see is, watch this, I'm going to paint across there, across there, and across there. So what I'm doing though, it looks perfect, you're like, "Oh, how did that happen?" It's because, once we turn that bottom layer off, you'll see. And the Text Layer, basically just cut a big hole in the leg. I didn't really care where the edges was, because the text is there, and then the background fills in that last little gap, it's a neat trick. 
Now you just got to decide what you want in there so make sure you're on the right layer. Make sure you're working on the Mask. So it's got a little line around the outside, got a black paint brush, and just paint out some bits. Those two little things work for me. If you're working on your own bit of text you might have put your own name, or used your own font, yours is going to be different from this so you might have to experiment with what works and what doesn't. I love that we're getting to a stage now in the course where we're starting to kind of, I don't know, double back on some things, and add a little bit of extra. Don't want to say the word possess-- it came into my head, let's not go over that. A little bit of magic, that's called magic. 
Like always, I'd love to see what you've done. If you've got different type, I'd like to see how you've kind of got it interacting. So share it here in the comments, or in the project section. Or if you're brave enough, send it up on to Instagram, I’m bringyourownlaptop. Tag me in it, I'd love to see what you've done. Onwards to the next course.