How to Make Text Box Overlays for Photos in Photoshop

How to Make Text Box Overlays for Photos in Photoshop


– [Instructor] Hello and
welcome to this Design Cuts video tutorial. Today we’re looking at
adding text boxes for text over images in Photoshop. The first effect we’re going
to create is using a quote. So I have a quote here
from Jack Kerouac. What I’ve done is
to highlight in bold the words that I
think are important. So I’m going to enter
this as separate objects. So the first one will be
“there was,” and then “nowhere” and then “to go but.” so let’s see how we’d do that. I’m going to select
the Type tool. I’m gonna click where I’m
going to start typing. I’m going to use all lowercase, so I’m just gonna
type “there was.” and then I’ll press escape because that finishes
that text object but leaves the Type tool intact, so I can just click and
add the next piece of type. Now to save us some time,
I’ve already done this. So here are all my type objects. Let’s just turn the
visibility on on all of them. So every second one of
these objects is a word that I want to highlight. So I’ll just select on
them in the last panel, control + click on
every second item. Now if you find that you get
a stray empty Type box here, just delete it because you
don’t want any strays in here. It’s a little bit too confusing. Now the font I’m going to use
here is called Lemon Tuesday and I’m going to beef that
up to about 500 points on this image. I’m going to leave the
rest as just Myriad Pro. I’m not too concerned about
the fonts that I’m using here. I’m more concerned about
showing you the effects. So now I’m going to select
absolutely everything, but before I do that, let’s
first of all move Jack Kerouac down a little bit, and I also
want to size that right down ’cause I don’t want
that to be big at all. So I’m gonna make it 120 points. But then we’ll select all
of these type objects, and up here, you can
start arranging them. So I’m going to use this one, which is Distribute
Vertical Centres, and that just aligns them
so there’s a nice space between each of these lines
and it’s an even spacing. I also want them to
align on the right here, so I’m just gonna click
here on Align Right, and then I can just
move them out of the way so that they’re
actually in the document a little bit better. Now I need to put
a comma in here. So I’m gonna add a comma, and
doing it at this late stage has meant that this letter E, you’ll see that the letter
E doesn’t actually move, and that’s good because the
E is going to be lined up with these other letters and the punctuation is
going to be slightly out. It can often look
better that way. I’m gonna add a star at the
end of the word “stars.” So I’m going to Brush tool. There are two star brushes here in the Legacy
Brushes Collection. So click the flyout panel
and click Legacy Brushes to add them. But you might want to just
add something that is relevant to the kind of quote
that you’re using. So I’ve got my Star
brush selected. I’m going to need
a new layer for it because you can’t
paint on text layers. So let’s just click
to add a new layer. White paint. Let’s see if we can see
our star, which I can’t. So I’m using the
closed square bracket just to size it up a little bit. And I’m going to click
twice in the same place to get a nice-sized star. Now the text box I want to use is just going to darken
this side of the image, but I don’t want it
to be really obvious. So let’s add a new layer. I’ll select the Selection tool. I’m gonna drag a selection
out over all of the text and I’m going the full
length of the image because that’s going to
help me make this peter out to nothing, and so you
won’t actually notice that it’s there. So I’m going to fill this
shape with a gradient and I want the gradient
based on black. So I’m making black
my foreground colour. When I click Gradients,
the second gradient in is a foreground to
transparent gradient. So we’re going from
black to transparent. The only thing you need
to be aware of is that if you use colour to
transparent gradients, then when they fill,
they fill with the colour and go across to transparency. If you were using
a regular gradient that didn’t have
any transparency, you could just say, “Okay.
Well, I’ve got this around “the wrong way, so
I’m just gonna drag “in the opposite direction.” Well, when you’ve
got transparency that has an additive
effect rather than totally replacing it. So I’m going to undo this,
and now I’m going to put in the gradient the
way I want it to be. So I’m going from
black on this side to transparent over
here, and when I do that, let’s just press control or
command + d to deselect it, you can see that you can’t
actually see the edge of that gradient;
it’s all petered out. So all I need to do is to move
my gradient-filled layer here down to the bottom of the image and now we can see the
next way more clearly. If this is too dark,
you can just back off on the opacity, but
that transparency on
the left-hand side of this shape is helping
the box to just blend in with the image, so we’re not
losing a lot of the image but we are improving
the readability of the type considerably by
having this box behind it. So that’s the first of
our text box effects, the text box that you
don’t actually see. Let’s have a look at something
completely different now. For this next text box,
I have a different quote, and quote is “I put instant
coffee in a microwave oven “and almost went back in time,”
and it’s by Stephen Wright. In this case, I’m gonna
take the entire quote. I’m gonna make it
inside a single box. So I’m going to copy it
out of my Word document. Let’s go to Photoshop. I’m going to the Type tool. I want to work with white,
so let’s just select white as my colour here. And this time, I’m
going to drag out a box into which my type
will be placed. So it’s just gonna
go in as a paragraph. So I’ll click in here and
press control or command + v to paste it in. Now I’ll go and
increase the size of it. So let’s just have a
look at the sort of size. I think about 300
will work here. Now with this type, I want to
highlight some of the words exactly as I did last time, but this time I’m just
going to use bold. I’m using Myriad Pro as
the font and that helps me because I’ve got a lot of
different styles in Myriad Pro. So I can use the bold effect,
which is built into this font. So I’m just going to
set these words to bold. So I like the words
“instant coffee.” I think “microwave”
is important. So I’m going to
select bold for this, and then I’m going to
select “back in time” because these are the words
that I think are important in this quote. If you want to do
an effect like this, it’s best to do
it with a typeface that comes with lots
of different styles so that you can select the style that matches things
really nicely. It’s better than
using say a fake bold. So this piece I want to be
aligned over to the right and I want it to
be much smaller. So I’m gonna set that
probably at about 120 and I think I’ll
just drop that down, so I’ll just press the enter
key before I get there. Now I can realign this type here by selecting inside
the box here, just clicking inside
the box somewhere. And now if I adjust
the size of the box, the type flows round. Now if you do that the other way and try and do it with
the selection tool, nasty things happen
to your type. So just be aware that you need
to go and get the Type tool. Click in here so that you’ve
got something positioned in here with the Type
tool and then you can just size your box to suit. So I want mine to be
pretty much like this. I think my font is not
quite large enough. Now I’ll just move
my box into position and I want it over
the top of the cup. It’s a little bit difficult to
see over the top of the cup, so let’s see how we
would solve that problem. I’ll go to the selection
tool and I’ll drag out a box. Now I’m gonna fill
this with a colour and place it underneath the type and it’s going to
help make the type just a little bit more legible. But before I do that, I want
to apply a narrow stroke using this. So what I’ll do is
create a new layer. I’m going to select a grey
colour, so let’s just go and select a sort
of neutral grey. Mine’s 165, 165, 165. That just tells me it’s grey. Now I’ll go to Edit
and then Stroke, and I’m going to put a
three-pixel-wide stroke in this colour
around this shape, and it’s gonna be on the inside
but it doesn’t matter much where it is. So I’ll just click OK. And so if I move away from here, you can see that’s what
I’ve got, this fine line. I’m just going to undo that. So now I’ll go to
Select and Modify and I’m going to contract this. And I want to contract this
something like 30 pixels. So I’ll just click OK. The selection is now
inside that line. So I’m gonna add a new layer
and I’m gonna fill this with my grey colour. So I’ll do alt + backspace,
option + delete on the Mac. So now I’ve got my grey boxes that are going to help
my type readability. So I’ll grab both of these and move them
underneath the type. And I’m going to adjust
down their opacity. So I’m going to bring
the opacity right down. So they’re only just there, but they are going
to make the type just a little bit brighter and they’re gonna help
its readability a bit. I’m not gonna do quite as
hefty an opacity change on the outer line as
I do on the inner one because I still want
to be able to see it. We can link these layers
by selecting both of them, right-click and
choose Link Layers. And that means if you
need to move these boxes, you can do so. So I’ve got these
selected, they’re linked, and so they’re going
to travel together. So if you need to position
them slightly differently, they will go as a team
’cause you don’t want them to split apart because they’re
integral to each other. So there is a nice simple
text box for placing over the top of an image
with some text in it. For the final example,
we’re going to do a little bit of work with
this particular image. I want to crop it first
to a square shape. So I’ve got a
one-to-one crop here. So I’m just going to crop it. I’m going to place over the
top of it a couple of shapes. I’m using shapes because
they’re going to help me with the effect
I’m trying to get. So I’m gonna make sure that
I have Shape selected here. I’m going to create a
circle first of all. So I’m just going to
drag out a circle, holding down the
shift key as I do, and place it sort of
roughly in position. Now I want my circle to have
a Fill button, no stroke. So I’m going to the Stroke
and I’m going to set that to No Stroke. I’m now going to add
another shape over the top and that’s going to be a square. So I’ll select the
rectangle, hold the shift key as I drag out a square,
and I’m gonna place it sort of roughly in position
where I want it to be because I want my final
shape to be the accumulation of these two shapes. So I don’t want this to
have a stroke either. It’s just going to have a fill. If we have a look
in the Paths panel and let’s just go and get
the Layers panel as well, we can see what’s going on. So this is my rectangle
and this is my ellipse and I can mere them
together into one shape, but before I do that,
I want to make sure that they’re perfectly aligned. So with them selected, I’ll
go to Layer and then Align, and I’ll choose
Vertical Centres, and then Layer>Align
>Horizontal Centres. And that makes sure that
the two shapes are aligned. I’ll right-click the selection
and choose Merge Shapes, and that creates a merged shape. Well, it’s going to in a minute, but it’s not quite merged yet. You can see two
distinct shapes here. To merge them, we’ll
go to this option here and choose Merge
Shape Components. And now we’re going
to get a single shape that is this shape. I want to colour it
with a colour I’m
sampling from the image, so I’ll go to the
eyedropper tool. I’m just gonna sample this
sort of blue colour here and I want to use
that for my rectangle. So I’ll select my rectangle,
go back and select some sort of shape tool. So I get these shape
options up here. Go to Fill, and this is
the colour I want to use. So I’ve got my blue colour, but I also want a sort
of border around here. So what I’ll do is make a
duplicate of this shape. So I’ve got two of them. The topmost one I’m
going to add a border instead of the fill. So we’ll go and select No
Fill, and for this one, we’ll select a stroke
and the stroke’s gonna be the same colour as we’re using. Now the stroke is set to 14. That will probably be enough. I’ll select the
rectangle layer here. I’ll go to the Move
tool, hold the shift key and the alt or option key,
as I just drag this out and that allows me to put
an edge around my shape. So I’m gonna apply
this transformation. So I’ve got these two elements
and offset edge to my shape. I’m going to link these
two together as well because I want them to
move obviously as a pair. I also want to reduce
the opacity of them. And I could also set a
blend mode if I wanted to. So you could experiment
with different blend modes. Hard light’s got
some nice colour. But that’s up to you to see if you can find something
that you particularly like. Over the top of this,
I’m going to add my text. Now I don’t want this to happen. Photoshop wants to attach
this text to something, so let’s just go
and add a new layer. And now it’s prepared to put
the text where I want it to be. I’m working in
Myriad Pro regular. I want to work with
white, so let’s just go and select white and I’m gonna
type IN SEASON in capitals. I want this to be quite small,
so I’ll set it at about 120. And then I’ll type the
word “blueberries.” I want to be well away from
this type when I do that. I’m going to choose
an alternate font. I’ve got one called Alex
Brush that I kind of like, and I’m going to
increase the font size. Let’s try about 400
and see how that looks. So I’ve now got text
layered over a text box. We can always improve the
legibility of text like this by adding a drop shadow. So let me just select
this piece of text. I’m going to the FX icon and
I will select Drop Shadow. And I’ve got set a really,
really small drop shadow. I’ve got a black or sort
of dark blue colour here. I’ve got it set to
Multiply Blend Mode. I’ve got sort of
middling opacity but the distance
here is set to one, the spread is set to two,
and the size is zero. So this is only
just a drop shadow. But it’s enough to improve
the readability of the type. If you turn it on and off, you’ll see a very
slight difference, and it’s just lifting
that type a little bit away from the image. It’s just improving its
readability just a little bit. Now you could increase
this to say two pixels. It’s going to depend on
the image and the typeface that you’re using. But I find it that
that really helps with the text over the image. I hope that you have
enjoyed learning these Photoshop techniques. Let us know what you think
in the comments below and give us a thumbs-up if
you enjoyed this tutorial. Until next time, I’m Helen
Bradley for Design Cuts.

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  2. learned a bunch of new skills. I wanted some simple type on a photo and I got professional looking photo. Thank you.

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