Cut Out Text Effect in Photoshop


Lets make a cut out text effect in Photoshop. A very simple easy to follow Photoshop tutorial. End result is a very interesting cut out text effect, which you can use as a logo or anything you can think of.

This is what we are going to achieve at the end of this tutorial.

Cut Out Text Effect

– Open a new transparent document in Photoshop
– Choose any color (should not be dark color) and use the paint bucket tool to fill the document. I used #dfc184
– Now press Ctrl+J on the keyboard to duplicate the layer.
– Choose the type tool and choose the same color for the Text as the background color.
– Type your word any word you want. Obviously you wont see anything when you type, as the text color and the background is same.
– When you use the type tool, Photoshop automatically makes a new layer. Now press the control button on the keyboard and click on the text layer. This will make a selection of the letter.
Cut Out Text Effect
– Now we will need to render (rasterize) the text layer. Click on the layer menu – rasterize – type.
– Lets darken the text a little bit. Go to Image – Adjustments – Brightness and contrast, and reduce the brightness to –10.
Cut Out Text Effect
– Now lets add some inner shadow effect to the text. For this you can double click on the text layer to bring the “Blending options” or go to Layer – layer styles – under blending options – click on Inner shadow. I used the following settings. This is not fixed, you may need to lower or increase the settings depending on the size of your Text.
Blending mode – multiply
opacity: 75
Angle : 120
Check : use global light
Distance : 5
Choke : 5
Size : 9
                       Now your Text should look like this.
Cut Out Text Effect
Keeping the text selected, select the background copy layer. Create a new layer above it. The idea is to create a new layer just below the text layer.

– Click on the eye icon of the text layer to hide it. Your text selection will remain.
– Make sure the new layer is selected. Choose white as foreground color and fill it with the paint bucket tool. This will fill the selected text with white.
– Go to Filter – Blur – Gaussian blur, use radius 2.5.
Cut Out Text Effect
– Now click on the eye icon of text layer to see the text layer. Press Ctrl + D to deselect the text.
– Select the Move tool toolor press on V , and move the white text layer 2 pixels down and 2 pixels to the right with Arrow keys , tapping twice. Single tap moves by 1 pixels. Lower the layer opacity to 70%.  This is what you will get.
Cut Out Text Effect
– If you want, you can stop here. But it looks too plastic. So lets add some noise.
– First hide the background layer. Select the duplicate background layer, name it Noise.
– Go to filter – Noise – Add noise , I used the settings, Amount 8, Distribution – uniform and Monochromatic.
– Next select the Text layer apply the same noise effect.
– Unhide the background layer and adjust the opacity of the noise layer. I reduced it too 40%.

                  Your Final Image should look like this
Cut Out Text Effect
That’s it.    The final Image. Cool cut out text effect.If you want you can try reducing the text layer brightness further.
If you are confused your Layers pallet with all the layers should look like this.
Cut Out Text Effect

Ben Jamir

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