Create a cool effect
If you want to do something different with your photos, try creating a photo filled title; perhaps for an album page. Once again I’ve used Photoshop elements 9, but you can do this on earlier elements.
First, open a photograph to use as a base photo; here I’m using a photo of a sunset.
Next, click the type tool.
Now select the font, here I’ve used impact because it’s nice and chunky; just right for this kind of effect. Now type your text.
Don’t worry if the size looks small, we’ll stretch it with the transformation handles in the next step.
Press Ctrl, and click and drag the transformation handles to stretch the type, then click the commit (check) button.
Click and drag the background layer thumbnail over the new layer button to duplicate it.
Now click and drag the background copy layer thumbnail above the the type layer thunbnail (as below).
Click layer (at the top) and then click clipping mask, as below.
The background copy layer is now indented with an arrow in the layers panel, but the image does not change.
Click the new layer button to create a new empty layer named layer 1.
Click and drag the new empty layer thumbnail below the type layer. Press D to reset the fore ground and background colours then press Ctrl+ backspace to fill the layer with white; the photo appears to fill the letters on a white background.
Click the move tool then click the background copy layer thumbnail to select it. Click and drag in the image to move the photo into position inside the letters.
Click the fx button and scroll down and choose one of the drop shadow effects then double click on it to give a pleasing looking shadow to your text, I’ve chosen the High shadow effect.
Now crop your image as needed.
Below, the original photo…..