Creating Cut-out Text in Photoshop

19 05 2009

by Dong Tang 

In this exercise we will give your text a more interesting look with a cut-out effect. This exercise works with Photoshop 7 and all later versions.  We will use the Type Tool, Inner Shadow Layer Style, Filters, Gaussian Blur, and we will also learn how to change the Brightness/Contrast of an image.

Step 1

Open Photoshop and before you start a new file set the background colour to #8A8777, make the foreground colour white (#FFFFFF).

Now open a new file (Ctrl + N or File>New) with a size of 400 x  200 pixels and set the background contents to background colour (see image below).




Step 2

  Use Layer>New>Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N to open a new layer, rename it to Text layer. Insert #8a8776 as foreground colour. To insert colour code see red circle in image below!


Hide your background layer by clicking on the eye icon in the Layer’s Panel/ Screen. (See image below)


  Choose the Type Tool in the Tool’s Palette to type the text ‘Button’ in Berlin Sans FB, bold at 72pt (see pictures below).

type tool



Step 3

   Go to Layer>Rasterize>Type, (see image below) and then go to Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast (see image below) to change the Brightness of the text to -30 (see image below).




To make the background layer visible again click on the eye icon in the Layer Screen next to the layer name (as in image above).



Step 4

   Use Layer>Style>Inner Shadow to add some shadow inside our text.




Step 5

   First hold Ctrl and click on the text layer to select the shape of text. Then open a new layer with Layer>New>Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N, switch the foreground colour to white and fill the selection with forground colour using Edit>Fill.



Step 6

  Press Ctrl+D to deselect the text shape. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and set radius to 3 pixels.

  Click move tool on tool palette, and move the blured image to right and under the original text for 2-3 pixels.


  Change the new layer’s opacity to 40% and fill to 30% in the layer palette.




Step 7

  Now we add some noise on our image to make it look more real. Select the background layer and go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise, set amount to 3% and check uniform box and monochromatic box. Choose the text layer and apply the same effect on it.



    Now we get our text with a wonderful cut-out effect.




4 responses

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