text mask with picmonkey

If you haven’t tried Picmonkey yet, this will convince you. I’m always looking for digital tricks that don’t require me to open up Photoshop, and I’m amazed at what Picmonkey can do. Their blog is a great source of some of these tips, and I found a great tutorial for creating a text mask – filling your text with an image.

And I tried it and it worked LIKE A CHARM.

Start by adding text to a white document. Thicker text will work best if you have an intricate image. Thin text would look great with a gradient or ombre effect.

Click the icon to combine the text and background.

Sushi Text Mask Tutorial

Add your own image on the Overlay menu and scale it to cover the font. You can adjust this placement later if you need to.

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Once it’s covered, click the Blend Mode and choose Lighten. It’s just that easy. Crop it to your desired size. These make great blog sidebar buttons to link to categories or pages!

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See the Picmonkey tutorial for information on working with black backgrounds as well. Have fun with this one! I’d love to see what you can create!

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