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  Cool Transparent Text Effect in Photoshop® Part Three

14. We are going to use this layer to create the soft white shaded portions of the text in the lower right corner. Even though we used anti-aliasing for the text, it still needs to be a little softer. With the white layer still active, click Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.... In the dialog, set the blur radius to .9 pixels (circled).


postit.gif   Note: Increase the blur radius if the image resolution is greater than 72 ppi or if the size of the type is greater than 60 points. For example, if the image resolution is 144 ppi, increase the blur radius to 1.8 for 60 point type. If you chose 120 point type, then set the blur radius to 1.8  pixels for 72 ppi or 3.6  pixels for 144 ppi. 

15. Next, we want to copy only the white shaded portion of the text, so we need to load the selection that was saved in an earlier step. Click Select > Load Selection....  In the dialog click the "Channel:" drop down and choose "Alpha 1" (if you didn't give it a name when you saved it) then click "OK".


16. The selection appears on the layer as a "marching ants" marquee in the shape of the text. When you copy the the area enclosed by the selection you will copy only the portion of the text that falls within the lower right corner of the selection. Click Edit > Copy or Cmd + C (Mac®) / Ctrl + C (Windows®). Then click Edit > Paste or Cmd + V (Mac) / Ctrl + V (Windows). This will paste a new layer into the file.


17. Shown below is the Layers palette after executing the "Paste" command. You will see the new layer appear just over the white layer. It is named "Layer 3".


18. Next, we need to repeat a similar series of steps for the black portion of the text shading. Start by hiding the white layer and the new one just pasted (circled below), and activate Layer 1. This was one of the two layers created in an earlier step. We want to fill this layer with black after loading and inverting the text-shaped selection.


19. Click Select > Load Selection.... In the dialog, choose "Alpha 1" from the "Channel:" drop down as in a previous step, then click "OK". After loading the selection, click Select > Inverse to invert the selection. This will select everything except for the text shape.


20. Click Edit > Fill, then select "Black" from the "Use:" drop down in the Contents section of the dialog. As before, choose 100% opacity, Normal mode. Click "OK" when done.


21. This is what the selection looks like when filled with black. Deselect everything by clicking Select > Deselect or Cmd + D (Mac) / Ctrl + D (Windows). 


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