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  Cool Transparent Text Effect in Photoshop® Part Four

22. We need to apply the same Gaussian Blur to this black layer as we did to the white layer. In Photoshop you can repeat the previous filter by clicking Cmd + F (Mac®) / Ctrl + F (Windows®) or choose it from the top of the Filter menu (below). The settings will be exactly the same as they were for the white layer so you can use this shortcut.


23. This will be the effect of applying the Gaussian Blur to the black layer.


24. This layer needs to be shifted down and to the right for the black shading to appear in the upper left portion of the text. Choose the Move Tool and nudge the layer down 2 pixels and to the right 2 pixels with the arrow keys.


Remember that this tutorial is based on a 72 ppi image with 60 point type. See previous note at step 13 to compensate for a higher resolution image or a greater point size of type.

25. Once again we need to load the text-shaped selection to copy the black shaded portions of the text. Click Select > Load Selection....  In the dialog choose "Alpha 1" from the "Channel:" drop down and click "OK".


26. The selection marquee appears on the black layer in the shape of the text. Click Edit > Copy or Cmd + C (Mac) / Ctrl + C (Windows). Then click Edit > Paste or Cmd + V (Mac) / Ctrl + V (Windows). This will paste another new layer into the file.


27. In the Layers palette, you will see that the new layer has been pasted just over Layer 1 (the black layer). This new layer is named "Layer 4". We need to reposition this layer next to Layer 3 (the layer having the white shaded portion of the text). Then we will merge Layer 3 and layer 4 into a single layer. Start by pressing the mouse button on Layer 4.


28. While holding the mouse button down, drag the layer upwards to position it under Layer 3.


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