How to put Text Behind a Person in Adobe Photoshop CC
Hi there in this video, we are going to add some text behind this woman here. Okay, it's super quick, super easy. Let's go and learn how to do it in Photoshop. Alright, first up in your exercise files, open up quick select 07. Okay, so this particular trick is reasonably easy because we can use the quick selection tool which we've learned in the previous video, but also because we're copying and pasting it not to another image where it can be quite obvious, we're placing it back on itself and it's pretty forgiving. So super quick and easy, which is nice, grab your quick selection tool in terms of the brush size. Okay, I'm going to go up to you can see my brush size going up using my square brackets. Okay, change it to about 50 and I'm gonna do a really rough pass. I'm just going to click hold and drag try and get up the middle of the legs. Here we go. Okay. And and here I'm just getting the bulk of it and then I'm going to go and tidy it up when I zoom in curls, looking a cake big bit.
So now I'm just gonna zoom in and just work out these parts here. Now what you'll find is that this image works reasonably well because everything is in focus except for these shoes, they're a bit of the pain part but it's still, there's enough contrast with it in the background. If you're working on a separate image and it's just never grabbing it and just like what's wrong. It's just sometimes it just can't do it like see here it's just the gray of the shoe and the background here are very close. There is still enough contrast that I can keep clicking in here and get it and if it goes too far I can come back out of it. Remember holding down the option key on a Mac or Kiana P. C. Minuses. So if it goes out too far you can minus it back. Okay like that was going to undo because I just wrecked mine. So now I'm just going to kind of slowly work around it. You can speed up now because it's just a lot of this and like I said it's pretty forgiving. Can you see how this is like the very like the colors we humans know that the shoe ends there. But the computer has to kind of try and read pixels and colors and they can't really see the difference again this is pretty forgiving. So I'm not worried anymore about that. Okay it's good across the back a little bit there. I'm gonna minus off. So I'm holding down the option key on a Mac old key on a pc across here. I'm not worried too much about the here. In this case we're gonna look at a better technique for that later on holding on the altar just clicking in here and it's been a pretty good job. Lost the nose. I'm gonna make a nice tiny brush. Get in there wrong brush, hold on, halt and clicking there to remove the mask. This can be a little confusing when you are looking at negative selections, you're like, oh man, it's a bit of a brain bender because I've got this selected but also the background. So I want to get rid of it. So I'm going to use minus to get rid of these holes here and again. That is good enough for our little project. Okay, so I'm gonna zoom out. So I've got a good enough selection. The other thing to know is that if yours is if it's out of focus becomes very hard if it's the same color as the background. Very hard. She was wearing gray like a light gray running gear. That would be tough. Also note that this image is quite large. So image image size, it is quite a few pixels across like 5000. That's kind of typical of a good high res image from a DSLR camera if you've got one and it's only like check yours if it's going badly and it's only like 500 or 1000. There's just it's just not a very big image and there's not a lot of detail in it for Photoshop to work out the edges, see if you can get a larger version of the image. If not you just have to do your best and potentially look at some of the other masking techniques later in this class. All right. A lot of talking. I've got a selection and what I want to do now is copy and paste it. So I'm going to go to edit copy and edit paste. And the cool thing about Photoshop does is that it paste it back exactly where it got it. So you'll see now. I have two layers. Okay, so I've got this bottom layer and now this top layer, both sitting on top. Now we need to do is slide the image or the graphic or the text in our case, in between these two layers. So I'm gonna grab my type tool. I'm gonna click once I used the word soul. So um font that I'm using, I'm using I'm using Roboto, which is a free one you can download online. The one that google uses for Youtube. Okay, I'm using the condensed one because I wanted a nice tall font to kind of poke out from behind. Okay, so I'm gonna grab my move tool and you can see now not working. So it's all about the layer structure, grab soul, click hold, drag, drag, drag the word and you'll see this little blue line appear in between them and there you go. Now it's a matter of this layer selected, I'm going to use I could change my font size but I'm gonna use my shortcut, which is command t on a Mac or control D on a Pc and I'm just going to make it super big and I'm going to make it look like it's sitting on that line just happens to be a good kind of spot for it. Like it like that kind of interacts with the background and you can still tell what the word is, that sometimes the hard but you have to pick a font and pick a size that makes the fine actually legible and doesn't turn it into a strange word or becomes eligible. Alright. And that could be you. I'm going to do one last thing before I leave as I'm going out with the Solar, I'm going to add a bit of a gradient to make it try and match the background. I know it's fake but um yeah, a little bit of background integration wouldn't go astray in this case. So I am going to with the Solar, I'm going to go down to my effects and I'm going to go to gradient overlay and in here it's remember the last thing I did. So um depending on what yours is set to click on this color bar here anywhere now the first house double click it. Okay. And I, this bottom one here, I just went through and picked a great, so I'm dragging this around and I drag it all the way over here and picked a kind of a darker gray and you can kind of see it adjusting in the background here. You can pick colors from the document which is actually probably a nicer thing to do, but I want to kind of a warmer color. Not quite that steely gray now, I'm just missing about click OK. This top one here. I'm going to keep as white. You can use any color you like click OK, click OK. You might play around with adding a drop shadow that's ugly. Five five angles. Okay. I'm not going to just missing about now. I don't like the job shadow at all. So I'm gonna cancel that. Cool. So I'd like you to go through practice. I want you to use your own text. Okay? You can use Soul. That's fine. Um just send me your example. Maybe pick a different text. Could be your name and experiment with the gradient and drop shadow. All right. Let's get on to the next video.