How to Clone Text Styles in Photoshop

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Scientists may have astonished the world when they announced cloning of the sheep Dolly, but the years, costs and materials required for such a project are out of the range of most. Fortunately, cloning something such as digital text styles requires no laboratory or farm animals. You just open a graphics software program, such as Adobe Photoshop. With a quick way to clone text styles, you'll be ready to replicate.

  • Open Photoshop. Click the "File" menu. Select "New." Type "ClonedText" into the "Name" box. Type the dimensions for the "Width" and "Height" boxes, such as "5" and "3." Select "inches" from the drop-down menus for each. Click "OK."

  • Click the "Type" tool, which looks like a "T" icon on the "Tools" palette. Choose a font, color and size for the text on the toolbar at the top of the work area.

  • Type the text on the "ClonedText" area. Double-click the text layer on the "Layers" palette at the bottom-right corner of the screen to open the "Layer Style" window.

  • Check the boxes for the required styles for the text, such as "Drop Shadow" and "Inner Glow." Click the "OK" button to close the window. Note the layer styles are now listed under the layer in the palette.

  • Right-click the text layer in the palette. Select "Duplicate Layer." Click "OK." The text style is now officially cloned, but it isn't visible. Click the "Move" tool, the top icon on the "Tools" palette. Drag the cloned text layer off the original onto the "ClonedText" work area. Now the text layers are cloned, but they show the same text.

  • Double-click the "T" in a white box icon on the cloned text layer, which says "copy" in the "Layers" palette. The text becomes highlighted. Type new text. The text retains the cloned style, even with new lettering.

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