Text Effects

Background Image above (c) Can Stock Photo / rach27

This week I played with a few text effects techniques. Book covers and graphics need readable text, and sometimes the image doesn’t help at all, so I am constantly on the lookout for new ways to emphasize text.

The first effect I worked with is a little complicated. Using a thick text, make a clipping mask to the text layer using a duplicate of the background image. Then adjust the opacity levels as needed to make the text readable. I like this effect because it allows the viewer to see the entire image and read the text too:

The second effect I practiced is a pretty standard technique: lighten the background image so the text stands out. Here’s the before. It’s hard to read the text!

By adding a layer of white below the background image and then decreasing the background layer’s opacity, the text becomes much more readable: