Tutorial: Create More Realistic-Looking Text

August 24, 2015

Fonts. Who doesn’t love them?  There are hundreds, probably thousands, of fonts from which to choose.  Font choice is important because a font style conveys information, simply by its design.


But even when you make a great font choice, if your text doesn’t integrate well into your layout, the result could be  less than satisfactory.

Here’s an example. See how the text just seems to be sitting on top of the paper?


There’s a simple fix for this.  Here’s how:

1.  Double click your text layer to bring up the Styles Panel. (Alternatively, you can click on the FX icon at the bottom of the layers panel.)

2. Click on Blending Modes (on the left) to make that option active.


3. In the middle of the Blending Options Panel, all the way down at the bottom, notice the “Blend If” options. Leave “Blend If” set to Gray. We are going to look at the “Underlying Layer” sliders. Grab the slider on the left, and while keeping an eye on your text, drag the slider to the right until the text starts to disappear.


4. Hold down the Alt Key (Option on a Mac), and click in the middle of the black triangle. This will split the Triangle in half. While still holding down the Alt Key, grab the left side of the triangle, and drag to the left, bringing back as much or as little of the text as you like.


It’s personal preference; you can be as bold or as subtle as you like.

Here is my original text, followed by my results. A subtle change, but one I’m happy with.


And here is the final layout.


Credit: This layout was created using one of the Album pages in the ABC Teach Me Collection (Edit: 2020; this collection is currently not available.)

 View this tutorial on Karen Schulz Designs You Tube Channel .

I hope you’ve found this tutorial helpful!

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  1. Stacey

    really love this tutorial too! now that my lessons are done, i’m going to give some of these techniques a try.


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