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Photoshop: How to use the Type Mask Tool

September 5, 2019

Hello and welcome to another of Creative
Bloq’s two minute tools skills. Today we’re going to be looking at photoshop
and specifically the type mask tool. Now the tool can be found in the tools panel
over here alongside the normal type tool. You’ll see we have the horizontal and vertical type tool
and the horizontal and vertical type mask tool. And while the normal type tool allows you to add text,
the type mask tool works slightly differently. It allows you to create text and then turn that text
into an active selection. So I’m using the horizontal tool for this
video. The vertical tool works in a very similar way, the only
difference between the two being that the horizontal tool allows you to type from left to right,
the vertical tool works from top to bottom. With the tool selected you can see that we have these options
here at the top of the screen that allows us to customise the type. We can choose from a list of different fonts. I’m
just using Verdana. We can set a font style, we can change the size,
we can choose different alignment options, and we can also check this icon here to toggle the
paragraph and character panels on and off. So I’m just going to choose a slightly larger font size then,
I just need to click anywhere within the document to start my letters. And then obviously I can highlight the letters, I can change
the alignment, I can go to my panels for further options. I can also, let’s just click off there, hold command or
control and you can see that it temporarily gives me a bounding box around the edge. And I can click on the bounding
box and resize the letters just like this. So I want them to fill the frame, so I’m just going to
make them nice and big. And then once you’re happy with the position and font-style
and everything else, you can simply click off the tool onto another tool, to turn the type into an active selection
like that. And then you can make any changes that you want with that selection.
So for example here you can see if I bring up my layers panel how I have my graffiti image above a simple background. I’m going to turn that selection into a layer mask by clicking
the add layer mask icon and perhaps I’m going to add some depth by double clicking the
layer here and adding a drop shadow. Drag that down. So there you go, you can see how quick and easy it is to create
really interesting text effects using the horizontal type mask tool.


  • Reply svknyc June 29, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Would you please add good quality captions to all of your videos? There are hundreds millions of deaf and hoh people who cannot understand videos if they are not accessible. Also, just turning on auto captions is not enough – they are not of acceptable quality and needs to be cleaned up to fix typos and grammar, add proper punctuation, speaker identifications, sound descriptions, etc. Thanks!

  • Reply Frederic Aladenise October 3, 2013 at 7:21 am

    You guys are great, this helps me a lot as i just started graphic design school!

  • Reply Carter AOW January 28, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    This is so fun! I'm new and I'm starting to learn how to replacement colors, mask tools. So fun!!!

  • Reply Ana Varela April 10, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you so much! Very informative vid

  • Reply Mslizzybluts May 14, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Wow, great tool I never considered using, until now.

  • Reply John Danek June 30, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Thank you for explaining this very clearly and not wasting time. I wish all tutorials were like this.

  • Reply Ihsaan Muhammad July 11, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Thanks for the great video! I have a quick question for anyone who happens to see this. The only thing I didn't understand is why the screen turns red when the guy selects the tool? It's definitely something I can figure out on my own eventually, but would like to know now to deepen my understanding of the tutorial and Photoshop in general.

  • Reply MrFreeman1776 October 18, 2018 at 11:20 am

    TOO FAST!!! WHY???

  • Reply ジョネーJonét October 24, 2018 at 2:51 am

    Is it possible to edit the text afterward?

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