[GUIDE] How to make transparent text in photoshop? 4 different types of transparent text

Transparent text in photoshop

Making transparent text in Photoshop is a valuable technique for users looking to enhance their images in a creative and captivating manner. The ability to craft text with transparency not only unlocks endless design possibilities but also allows for subtle integration of text with background images, resulting in eye-catching titles, compelling lines of text, and distinctive effects. In this post, we will delve into the process of achieving a simple yet impressive transparent text effect using readily available tools and features within Photoshop. Keep reading to explore how to transform imaginative ideas into reality through the creation of unique transparent text.

4 Different Types Of Text Transparency In Photoshop And Way To Create Them

1. Transparent Text in Photoshop Within A Shape

Transparent Text in Photoshop Within A Shape
Transparent Text Within A Shape

The first type of transparency effect is creating transparent text encased within a solid shape. This technique involves just two layers and generates a clear text outline confined within the chosen shape. This effect can be applied to various shapes or even with a solid color fill layer, offering you flexibility in your choice. To illustrate, I’ll demonstrate by placing my text inside a rectangular shape.

  • Utilize the Shape Tool within Photoshop to sketch your desired form. You can access this tool by either pressing ‘U’ on your keyboard or locating it in the Toolbar.
  • Subsequently, opt for the specific shape you intend to create. For this instance, I’ll opt for the rectangle shape tool, though any alternative will suffice.
Create a shape
Create a shape
Create a shape
Create a shape

Once your shape is established, employ the Text Tool by pressing ‘T’ or locating it in the Toolbar. Opt for a font of your preference; typically, bold fonts yield superior results for this effect.

Create text on the shape
Create text on the shape

Next, select the text layer and go to Bending Options.

Select text layer and open Blending Options
Select text layer and open Blending Options
Click Blending Options
Click Blending Options

In ‘Advanced Blending’ section, configure the Knockout option to ‘Shallow’. Ensure that the checkboxes for ‘Blend Clipped Layers as Group’ and ‘Transparency Shapes Layer’ are both selected.

Blending Options
Blending Options

Finally, press Command + G (Mac) or Ctrl + G (Windows) to complete making transparent text in Photoshop

Press Command + G or Ctrl + G to group two layers
Press Command + G or Ctrl + G to group two layers

The result:

Transparent Text Within A Shape
The result

2. Transparent Stroke Text

Transparent Stroke Text
Transparent Stroke Text

Another method for achieving transparent text in Photoshop involves utilizing a stroke effect. A stroke refers to a basic colored outline encircling a shape or text within your image. In this case, the stroke will encompass your text, while the center remains transparent.

The way to to this is so easy. After creating text, go to Blending Options as the first one.

Set up Blending Options as the first type
Set up Blending Options as the first type

Next, create stroke for the text at Stroke, you can change the color, size, opacity… with many options there.

Create stroke for the text
Create stroke for the text

Last, make group for only the text layer by pressing Command + G (Mac) or Ctrl + G (Windows) and see the result.

Make group for only text layer
Make group for only text layer

Result:

Transparent Stroke Text

3. Transparent Bevel Text Effect

Transparent Bevel Text Effect
Transparent Bevel Text Effect

A third technique to achieve transparent text in Photoshop involves employing the bevel and emboss settings. This approach yields a text with a transparent beveled appearance, subtly visible within your image. This text effect is particularly useful when aiming for a more subdued text presence or when crafting a personalized watermark for your photograph.

Set up Blending Options as the previous types, then go to Bevel & Emboss. There are two main part of setting, you can freely adjust the parameters here to create the effect that best suits you.

Bevel & Emboss setting
Bevel & Emboss setting

Next, make group only text layer.

Make group only text layer
Make group only text layer

Result:

Transparent Bevel Text Effect

4. Knockout Stroke Text Effect

Knockout Stroke Text Effect
Knockout Stroke Text Effect

To elevate your approach, consider amalgamating the initial two types of transparent text in Photoshop we explored. This amalgamation results in an exceptional and greatly stylized appearance, adaptable to various design contexts. In this composite transparent text effect, you’ll merge knockout text with an appended stroke. When you adjust the text size to be slightly larger than the shape, a seamless transition occurs, lending the illusion that the solid color seamlessly merges into the text.

Setting Blending Options and Stroke like the type 2: Transparent Stroke Text. The difference here is that you create a shape like type 1: Transparent Text Within A Shape and combine them.

Setting Blending Options and Stroke
Setting Blending Options and Stroke

Don’t forget to group these two layers or you won’t see the result.

Group text layer and shape layer
Group text layer and shape layer

Result:

Knockout Stroke Text Effect

Conclusion

That concludes our exploration of four excellent methods to create transparent text in Photoshop, each offering a range of distinctive styles. Armed with these techniques, you’ll have the capacity to select the ideal transparent text effect for your photograph. Furthermore, you can unleash your creativity by blending various iterations of these transparent text effects, yielding even greater versatility in your designs.

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