Yesterday, I got an email from Taylor Marie. She’s a student on break from architecture school and she was looking for advice about how she can train herself to become proficient in Photoshop on her own over the Summer. The best advice I can give is this: Turn to your favorite magazine and pick your most favorite layout and then reverse engineer it — try to figure out how the designer did it. Experiment! Poke around Photoshop, discover, and welcome mistakes! All of the tutorials I share on my blog are the result of hours and hours of experimentation. It’s through bouts of trial and error that I’ve learned Photoshop, HTML, CSS, and many many other things outside the web. As long as you treat learning as a hobby, it’s all play!
For example, in the Unique Camp promos, with their glorious graphics, I found the stencil/punched text curiously inviting. So, I tried to make some of my own and in my experiments, I stumbled upon the Type Mask Tool buried underneath the default Type Tool. The Type Mask Tool makes it really easy to create the effect of text punched out of a label. I don’t know how the designers at Unique Camp created their cool look, but I’ll show you one way in the tutorial below.
The image below shows a pictorial summary of the various components you need to create “punched-out text”.
Okay, guys, let’s get started!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Happy experimenting! :)