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Creating a Matted Glass Text Effect

By Nick Ustinov Start with a new RGB image, with a white background and black foreground. Using the type tool type some text. If you are using Photoshop 4.0, just hit Ctrl-E to merge down the type layer (Cmd-E on Mac)
wpe20.jpg (3252 bytes) Duplicate the image (Image/Duplicate...). Now you have 2 images one is Untitled-1 and 2nd one is Untitled-2. Switch to second image and blur it using gaussian blur (Filter /Blur /Gaussian Blur...). Set setting to 3.0. Now Filter /Other /Offset.. 3,3
wpe21.jpg (2352 bytes) Now switch to the first image and go to Image/Calculations... Change the settings to match the image shown below. (It is important to use Overlay mode here.)
wpe23.jpg (9984 bytes)
wpe24.jpg (2961 bytes) Add some colors here too. Go to Image /Adjust /Hue /Saturation., click Colorize checkbox and play.
wpe26.jpg (3494 bytes)

This article first appeared in November 1998.

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