Photoshop is a great tool to be able to use.  It is great for designing posters, pamphlets, bulletins, and it has many more great uses.  You don’t necessarily have to be creative to use Photoshop but for those of you who are creative the possibilities are unlimited.  In this article you will learn how to write basic text in Photoshop.  This is important because you can not do any Photoshop text effects without knowing the basics.  Also, you will learn three common text effects that are simple and easy to learn.  The three effects are the glow text effect, the mirror lake effect and the image in text effect.  Follow each video completely and don’t worry if it takes you a while.


Make sure you open a document in Photoshop.


Step 1: Make sure the text box is open.  To do that you go to window at the top and then go to character.  This opens the text box in the bottom right corner.  In this panel you can change many features of the text.PBTT3

Step 2: Now go to the left side of your screen.  There is a tool bar and about half way down the tool bar is a test icon.  Click on the icon to open your text options.  There is a vertical, horizontal, and vertical and horizontal text masks.


Step 3: Click on the horizontal text option, and then towards the top of the screen is a text tool bar.  You can add effects, change font size, font color, font style and many more other effects.


Step 4: Now click on the blank document.  Photoshop will automatically create a textbook and you can start typing.  In the photo above the text is overlapping but if you keep following the steps you will learn how to fix it.


Step 5: Now in the text box at the bottom right, you can change the line spacing to to make sure your words do not overlap.  Also in the text box under character you can change the font size, color, length, width, and tracking


Step 6:  No you can warp your text.  To get this feature you go to the top tool bar and click on the icon second to last on the right.  It looks like a T sitting on top of arc.  This effect gives the text a 3D effect.  To warp the text click on the drop down menu of the style box and choose what style you would like. You can also change the distortion and bend of each text.  Then click okay.

You now know how to write text in Photoshop so you can advance on to text effects.



Now that you know the basics of Photoshop texts, lets take it a step farther.  It might be a lot to learn as a beginner but these steps are simple and easy to understand.  Plus you learn how to do text effects that will make your pieces of art 10 times better.  Below you will find multiple Photoshop text effects that you can do simply by following the steps and watching the tutorials.


Mirror Lake Effect


Step 1:  Type the text you want to use this effect on in your document.  It does not have to be mirror.


Step 2: Then go to your layers panel and select the layer your text is on.  Duplicate the layer.


Step 3: Click Ctrl + T to get the drop down menu.  Scroll to the very bottom of the drop down menu and click on flip vertical.


Step 4: Now you can move the mirrored text down to give it the look you want.  You can have them touching or with space in between it is whatever you envision.


Step 5:  Now you want to create a layer mask.  This is located in the very bottom right corner.  Now that you have a layer mask on the new text layer you have to go select the paint brush.


Step 6: Make sure when you select your paintbrush that it is a feathered brush.  Then hold down shift and drag the brush across the bottom of the flipped text.  This gives the text a mirrored effect.


Image In Text Effect


Step 1: Open an image of your choice.  The video uses a picture of a sunrise on the beach because they are inserting the image into the word Hawaii.  Try to make you picture go along with the same theme as the word you are inserting it into.


Step 2:  Once you have opened your image then go to layers.  In layers click on duplicate layer.  Duplicate layer is towards the top of the layers drop down.


Step 3:  Next add another layer on top of the image.


Step 4: Now you have to set the new layer to white.  To do that you press Alt + Backspace to fill the layer in with white.


Step 5: Then bring the new white background layer below the picture background layer.


Step 6.  Then click on the text tool on the left side of the screen. Set the text type to impact (or another font if you choose to do so).  You can choose the font size and turn the font color to white.  Now you can type whatever word you would like to.


Step 7: Now place your text layer below the background layer.


Step 8: Now click on the background copy layer and click on the clipping mask.


Step 9: Now select the text layer and go to edit and then click on free transform.


Step 10: Now hold the shift key down and transform the text layer.  At this point the image should be showing through the text.


Step 11: Re-position the text and then go to the text layer and click on blending options.


Step 12: Next in the blending options you can choose many settings.  The video gives you specific instructions but once you get the hang of it you can experiment however you would like to.


Step 13: Now click the drop shadow option at the bottom of blending options.  The video takes you through the step by step process.  If you need to pause the video, do so.  There’s a lot of small steps. Now you have completed this tutorial and have created an image within your text.


Glow Text Effect



Step 1: Make the background screen black.


Step 2:  You can choose your own font type and size but make sure your text color is white.  Now write whatever text you would like to do the glow effect on on the background.


Step 3: Now click on your text file.  From there select rasterize  type.


Step 4: Now click on the gradient tool on the left side of the screen.  once you have selected the gradient tool click on edit gradient.  A box will come up on the screen.  Then select the gradient and change the color to whatever you would like.  Then change the second color of the gradient to a lighter version of the color you just chose. Then hit okay.


Step 5:  Now click Ctrl while selecting the font layer this will select it.  Your font layer and your gradient layer should both be selected at this point.  With the gradient still selected, click and drag to create.  Now un-select the selection.


Step 6: Now we need to duplicate the layer so you can either click Ctrl + J or drag the text file onto “Create a new layer”.


Step 7: Next create a new layer.  Make sure black is set as your foreground.  Then  go to filter > render> cloud


Step 8:  Now change the blending mode to color dodge.


Step 9: Now select the text copy.  Then go back up to filter.  In filter click on blur and then go over to Gaussian blur.  In Gaussian blur you can change the radius to whatever you thinks looks best, the video uses 80 pixels.  Then hit okay when you are done.


Step 10:  Now using brushes you can add extra pops of glow onto your text if you would like to.  The video uses downloaded brushes which you can follow their instructions to figure out what how to do that.

Now you are finished and know how to make text with a glow effect!!!


Photoshop Text Tips:

  1. Label your layers.  This helps you to keep organized and know which layer you are working on.
  2. You can add your own little touches
  3. Make layers and do not create everything on the same layer because then you are limited to what effects you can do.
  4. Apply layer masks
  5. Make sure your text and themes match


Now you have all the tools and more for creating Photoshop text effects.  It may take time but it is definitely a skill worth knowing.  There are so many more videos out there that can also help you to succeed in Photoshop.  There are a lot of good Photoshop text effect videos on you tube if you want to learn more.  Now you know several Photoshop text effects and how to write basic text on Photoshop.  Knowing Photoshop skills is very valuable and can help you in many career paths in your life.  Practice makes perfect so don’t be afraid to keep practicing your skills and broaden your horizons.




The rule of thirds is a key component to taking the perfect picture.  Photographers have used this technique to create the perfect pictures.  Whether you are photographing beautiful scenery, or a muse this technique is a must know.  From professionals to beginners the rule of thirds is a simple technique you can learn quickly.  It’s worth knowing because it makes your image worth more, financially and visually.  This how-to is a simple and quick way to make your photography more valuable.

Definition of the Rule of Thirds: is applied by aligning a subject with the guide lines and their intersection points, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line, or allowing linear features in the image to flow from section to section.

How-to Use the Rule of Thirds

Rule of thirds yout tube cut up

Step 1:  First pick your image that you want to apply the rule of thirds with.  If it’s your first time applying the rule of thirds it is probably best to pick an image with one focal point.  Unless yo are up for the challenge.  Applying the rule of thirds is simple.

Rule of thirsd you tube cut up 2

Step 2: Now you need to imagine that there are three even vertical columns of your image.  This is an important part to the thirds rule.  To create the three equal columns imagine there are two vertical lines running down your image.  The lines should be parallel.

Rule of thirds you tube cut up 3

rulethirds Click Here for Image

Step 3: Now imagine three even horizontal rows that cross over the vertical columns.  Now you have your grid and it should the vertical and horizontal lines should be perpendicular.  This provides you with your grid that allows you to capture the perfect picture.  It makes positioning more simple.  Your positioning as you will learn later will be in one of the intersections of the grid. The grid above is what the lines should appear as and be your guide line.


Step 4:  Your image is in the middle of the lense now.  This is okay but it is not the best picture that could be taken of the windmill.  By using the grids we will learn how to move the image to an appropriate angle and position to make it a much better shot.


Step 5:  Now envisioning the grids on your image place the focus point or feature of your image where the vertical and horizontal lines cross.  Try to make sure that your focal point is on an intersection of the grid.  This places the image in a a third of your lense.  Also since this image is a tall structure you should line it up with the left vertical line.  Another technique is to line up the horizon line with one of the horizontal lines.  This creates a more focused image.  The rule of thirds makes for a much more valuable image.

Step 6:  Now take the picture! I bet it turned out perfectly and now you have an image that is worth framing in your home, a friends house, museum or maybe even in a photography contest.

For You Tube video:

Click Here

Why Use the Rule of Thirds?

The rule of thirds is a technique that makes a composition more interesting and more visually appealing to a human eye.  It keeps photographers from just centering their muse or focal point.  Instead with using the rule of thirds their focal point is more enhanced when placed at an intersection than it is.  The rule of thirds gives your image the perfect focal points and helps to separate the focal points from the background and other parts of the image.  Also, people use the rule of thirds to help get more attention to their image and keep people looking at their image for a longer period of time.  When using the rule of thirds the person viewing your image has to find the focal point and it gives them direction of where to look next.  If you place your focal point in the middle of the image then it splits the photo in half and the viewer does not know where to look next.  This is why if you have ever looked at professional photographers work they never place their focal point in the center of the image.

Tips for Using the Thirds Rule:

  1. Remember that your positioning is what changes the angle.  So make sure you are able to move around and be flexible.  The image will not come to you, so you may have to move around to get the right angle.
  2. Check your distance from the object.  Your distance effects where the focal point is in and how large the image is.  Make sure you are at your desired distance.
  3. Line up the horizon with one of the horizontal lines this gives the image balance and it divides it into a third.  Make sure to line up all natural horizontal lines that run across your image with the grid lines.  This helps to keep the image in thirds.
  4. Use the vertical lines to position people or tall structures in the right spot and to make sure they are not unusually crooked.  This helps to divide the image into thirds and creating a better visual to your audience.
  5. Photoshop and Gimp both have the rule of thirds grid as a tool.  Also iPhones have a setting in which you can get the grid on your phone while taking picture to give you a guide line.
  6. Try to get specific focal points to be in the corners of the middle square.
  7. Don’t be over consumed by where your focal points are.  Just have fun and break the rules.
  8. When on the shoot be aware of your surroundings and be intentional where you place your focal points.
  9. When working with a portrait the eyes are almost always the focal point.  To make the eyes pop you can line each one up with an intersection.  By following the rule of thirds it enhances the eyes and makes them stand out from the rest of the facial features.
  10. Try to keep your focal points on the intersections but also try to make them in a third of the image.  Whether it’s the top, bottom, right, or left third of your image.

Types of Images to Perform the Rule of Thirds:

  1. Portraits
  2. Landscapes
  3. Architecture
  4. Action


The rule of thirds is a very simple photography technique that makes any image more valuable.  It helps to provide your image with a focal point.  Using the rule of thirds helps to create a more interesting image and a better visual for people to enjoy.  Many professional photographers use this rule to help them create certain focal points and to prevent from centering their objects.  Dividing your image into thirds is proven to be more effective than image that has a focal point in the center of the image.  It gives the viewer a sense of direction.  As long as you do not become a perfectionist and have to have your focal points exactly in an intersection, this rule is made to have fun with.  The rule of thirds is an excellent rule to use if you are a photographer.


If you are a visual learner the following examples will help you learn what it looks like to put the rule of thirds into action.

Click Here for Image

This photograph is the perfect representation of the rule of thirds.  It uses the top horizontal line to line up with the ceiling and the bottom horizontal to make an intersection where the support beams meet the stairs.  The photo uses the vertical lines to line up the support beams.  This photo follows the rule of thirds exactly.

Click Here for Image

In the image above the rule of thirds is present with strong emphasis on the focal points.  The horizon is perfectly aligned with the top horizontal line and where the sand meets the water is lined up with the bottom horizontal line.  Lining up the lines of change divides this photo horizontally into three different parts. The boat, mountains, and beach chairs are all on intersections of the “grid”.  The photographer did a great job at incorporating many focal points and they all are on intersections. This is a perfect example of the rule of thirds.

Rule of Thirds

Click Here for Image

This image even has the grid lines on to show the rule of thirds.  It gives you a visual of how the boat and cliff are at intersection points but mainly the ship.  This means the ship is mostly likely intended to be the main focal point.  Also, the pieces of wood are lined across the bottom horizontal line.  This is another focal point of the image.  This photographer had a great eye for the rule of thirds.

Click Here for Image

The rule of thirds can be applied in every photo.  This cheetah is a perfect example of landscape with a muse.  The cheetah is aligned with the left vertical line.  This provides the image with a focal point.  The technique of aligning images with a vertical line is used for many images that include animals, humans, architecture and much more.


UPDATE: This issue is now resolved

We’re dealing with an un-cooperative host and are in the process of transferring our processing app to a new server. Expect limited service while we get this done and the processing queue is cleared.