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I've seen several graphic designers use this trick, and would like to create a similar effect in a piece that I am currently working on.  I have a base image, but how do I turn my text into that image?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

P.S. I'm running Photoshop 7.0
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by:weed
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Youre going to have to give us an example.
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by:Gsx_Eclipse
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Here is an example of what I'm talking about:

http://www.tyco.com/pdf/tyco_vital_baby.pdf

Please let me know if this same effect can be achieved.

Thanks.
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by:weed
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Not what I would have guessed but a cool effect. Basically what you have to do is create 2 layers in photoshop. On the top layer place the image. On the bottom layer place the text. Now hold down the option key and click on the line between the two layers.
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by:Gsx_Eclipse
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What do you mean by "click on the line between the two layers?"  Also, do you notice how the text color fades in and out to form to the object?  I would like to do something very similar.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  
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The line between the two layers....click on it....with the option key held down. I cant explain it any simpler than that.
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A B?
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by:zodoz
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I think I found out how to do that, its fairly easy actually.

1.  First, open the image you want to have texteraized (best thing to call this process)
2.  Then edit it any way you want (like fading out the baby)
3.  Next, make a new layer and type whatever you want in black, size 10 font or less (the less size, the more you will see.  I found that size 10 font in one text area did ok, but I could not tell what the picture was if I had not seen it before, so choose something along the lines of 3-7 or so, Expirement!)
4.  Make another layer under the text layer, choose Edit->Fill, fill it with white, combine the text layer with the white layer using Ctrl-E or Layer->Merge Down.
5.  Set the blending option for the new layer with the black text and white background to screen, and there you have it.

This should work, or at least, it did for me.  Little note though, the background for the text has to be white or else you will get some bleeding through from the picture.  If you have any problems, I will watch this thread.
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by:weed
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So much simpler than that....
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by:zodoz
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lol, when I wrote that up, I had missed that there was already a solution, well at any rate, both methods apparentally work, so you can choose which you like better.
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by:weed
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He already did. But graded the simplest solution possible with a B...Not sure why.
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by:jonathan_solis
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you can give texture to your text just by puting an image layer  over your text layer and then pressing ctrl+g or apple+G in mac.
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