How to Cut Out Type in Photoshop


Suppose you are creating a photo illustration in Photoshop and you need to move some text to a different background. You can cut out type characters just as you would any other shape. Fortunately, the program has a command that allows you to create a work path from type characters without manually selecting each character. Follow these steps to successfully cut out type in Photoshop.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Open a document in Photoshop. Select the Type tool from the "Tools" palette. Choose your font and type size by using the "Character" palette. Make sure you edit your type because you will not be able to change the characters once you cut out the type.

  • Click your type layer on the "Paths" palette. Under the "Layer" menu, click "Type." Select "Create Work Path." An outline appears around your type characters.

  • In the "Paths" palette, double-click the work path that was just created. Name your path to save it.

  • Highlight the work path in the "Paths" palette. Click the small arrow to the side of the palette and select "Clipping Path." This ensures your text will keep a transparent background, no matter where you put it.

  • Highlight the work path in the "Paths" palette again. Click the dotted circle button at the bottom of the Paths palette. This will load the work path as a selection. Under the Select menu, choose "Inverse." This will select everything but your type selection. Press "Delete" to remove the background. That's it--you are done cutting out your type.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once your type selection is cut out, you can manipulate it however you choose. Since it has a clipping path, it will retain a transparent background. You can select the text and paste it onto a new background.

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