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Manipulate individual letters in text using Photoshop

In this interesting Photoshop tutorial I will show you how to move, rotate, resize and overlap individual letters, numbers and other characters in text.

 
  Author: NikMan | Version: CS5 | 13th February 2013 |  
 
 
1.
 

Create a new document and choose Horizontal Type Tool (T for a keyboard shortcut).

 
 
2.
 

Choose any font you like ...

 
 
3.
 

... choose any color you like.

 
 
4.
 

Click the document and enter a random word.

 
 
5.
 

Press the Commit any current edits button (see picture).

 
 
6.
 

In the menu click Edit and choose Free Transform.

Now resize the text in any way you like.

If you want to keep the text proportions in tact, hold Ctrl while resizing.

Press Enter when done.

 
 
7.
 

We will now convert the text into shape, meaning you won't be able to edit the text in text mode any more.

In the menu click Layer, Type and choose Convert to Shape.

 
 
8.
 

Choose the Path Selection Tool (A for a keyboard shorcut).

 
 
9.
 

Use your mouse and select the whole text (see picture).


 
 
10.
 

In the toolbar click the Exclude overlapping shape area button (see picture).

 
 
11.
 

Now click a single letter to select it ...

It's possible you will need to deselect your previous selection before you can select a single letter. To do so, simply click an empty area on your document.

... hold the mouse button ...

 
 
12.
 

... and move it over its neighbor letter a bit (see picture).

 
 
13.
 

Do the same with the rest of the letters.

 
 
14.
 

Now select a single letter again and click Edit then choose Free Transform.

You can now resize and rotate the letter at will.

Press Enter to confirm the changes.

 
 
15.
 

This is how my text ended up looking like.






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