How to Make Words Formed by Pictures

by Daniel Ketchum

When you are working on a document like a poster, sign or flier that you want people to notice, you should give as much attention to the letters you use as the images. A way to easily keep both in mind is to create a design in which the words in your text actually have a picture applied to them. There are several programs you can use for this purpose.

Photoshop or Photoshop Elements

Load the image you want to apply to the text onto your computer.

Start Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (in Elements then click the "Edit" tab). Select "File" from the menu and choose "New" (in Elements then choose "Blank File"). In the dialog that opens, enter the width and height of the document and click "OK." Select the "Type" tool from the toolbar and type in the text you want to use.

Select "File" from the menu and choose "Open." Browse to open the image you loaded. Use the "Copy" and "Paste" function under "Edit" to place the image in the text document.

Position the image on the canvas using the "Move" tool and the "Scale" function under "Edit."

Go to the "Layers" panel and change the "Mode" to "Screen." Save your work.

GIMP

Load the image you want to apply to the text onto your computer.

Start GIMP. Select "File" from the menu and choose "New." In the dialog that opens, enter the width and height of the document and click "OK." Select the "Text" tool from the toolbar and type in the text you want to use.

Select "File" from the menu and choose "Open as Layers." In the dialog, browse to open the image you loaded. Position the image on the canvas using the "Move" and "Scale" tools in the toolbar.

Go to the "Layers" panel and change the "Mode" to "Screen." Save your work.

About the Author

Daniel Ketchum holds a Bachelor of Arts from East Carolina University where he also attended graduate school. Later, he taught history and humanities. Ketchum is experienced in 2D and 3D graphic programs, including Photoshop, Poser and Hexagon and primarily writes on these topics. He is a contributor to sites like Renderosity and Animotions.