Photoshop Text Effect Tutorial {Skyline}

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Prefer watching tutorials? Check out the above video from my Youtube channel.



For this Photoshop text effect tutorial, you’ll learn how to place a word in the sky and sandwich it between two buildings!

It’s pretty easy once you know all the steps. All of which is provided below in easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

Prefer to watch how this is done? If so, check out the Youtube video tutorial above.

Table of Contents

Note: the (above) video tutorial was created with Photoshop beginners in mind. The following step-by-step instructions are for more experienced users.

Step 1: Open Provided Image + Add Text

open image and add text

I’ve taken the time to find the perfect photo for this text effect tutorial. Which you can download from here and use to follow along with. Oh, and for homework, I’d like to see your finished design! See “What’s Next” at the end.

Let’s add the word Chicago in all caps. For this project, I’m using a free font called Montserrat Heavy. For this size, let’s use 500 and set the color to white.

With your Move Tool (M), move the text in-between the two tallest buildings. Hold down your Shift key and click on the Background layer in the layers panel.

Now that both layers are selected navigate to the tool options to align the text via the horizontal center.

Step 2: Make a Selection With the Pen Tool

create path and convert to selection

The key for this text effect is hiding part of the letters with a Layer Mask. You’ll then remove those sections by painting with black. Here’s how;

  1. Use the Pen Tool (P) to create a path around the part of the building where the letters will be hidden.
  2. Convert the path to a selection; Right-click, select “Make Selection,” and set the Radius to 0.
  3. Set your background color swatch to black.
  4. Add a Layer Mask to the text layer.
  5. Hit your Delete or Backspace key to paint with black.
  6. Deselect with Command or Ctrl + D.

Pro Tip:

Lower the Opacity of the text layer to around 50%. This will help you see the outline of the building as you create the path.

Step 3: Style Your Text

style your text

Now it’s time to spice up our text design by styling the text. The end result will create the illusion that the text is actually in the sky!

First, reset the text layers Opacity back to 100%. Then, go to the Blend Mode options and switch it to “Overlay.” This alone gives the text effect illusion I’m after!

But, let’s intensify the effect a little bit. Let’s duplicate this layer with Command or Ctrl + J. One problem, though. Now it’s too intense! At least for me. I’m lowering the Opacity of this new layer to 50%.

Now What?

Now it’s time to practice what you learned with this Photoshop tutorial! It’s the best way to master this floral text effect and anything else, for that matter. When you’re happy with your text design, I’d love to see your finished artwork.

If you’d like to share it, get feedback, or ask questions, I invite you to join our private Facebook group. It’s a great place to learn more about Photoshop, ask questions, and get feedback on your designs.

Looking for more Photoshop text tutorials? Check out this playlist that includes over 20 text effects you can master today!

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