Working With Text/Text Options
Creating Gradient, Picture Tube and Pattern Filled Floating Text

When creating text, you have three options to choose from. Depending on what you want to accomplish will determine which option you choose. First lets review the three options:

Vector - creates vector text that resides on a vector layer. Vector graphics use mathematical descriptions instead of pixels. This allows the modification of the images without any loss of resolution. When you are satisfied with your drawing element, you can rasterise it, meaning convert it to raster graphics.

Selection - creates a selection marquee in the shape of the text characters. You can treat the selection as you would any made from the selection tools in that it can be moved, copied, filled, etc. This form of text is not vector based.

Floating - creates raster text that is a floating selection. Raster graphics use rows of pixels to make an image. This is the method used by .gif, .jpg and many other graphics formats. You would use this method if you want to work with the text after it is inserted. Your monitor and your printer also use raster graphics. Ideally you should place this type of text on it's own raster layer, otherwise it is merged with the current layer and would be difficult to edit.

Creating Floating Text Using a Gradient:

Open a new canvas:

Raster Background
Background Color: White
Canvas Size: 400 X 200 pixels
Resolution: 200.000
16 Million Colors

At the materials palette select:
Foreground Color - White
Background Color- White

 

Click the Text tool and apply the following settings:

Type some text. I used "PSP FUN". Select ‘OK’ or ‘Apply’ and your text will be applied to the canvas. The text will appear to float on the canvas with marching ants as shown below:

To reposition your text, from the toolbar select the Mover tool , hover your curser over the moving white lines, shown above, and when the double headed arrows appear, you are able to reposition the text.

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First you will fill with a gradient. Double click the fill and background properties box to open the Material Properties dialog box. Click the Gradient tab and drop down the options box and choose a gradient of your choice. I chose the rainbow gradient with the angle set at 31 and repeats set to 5.

Click OK to close the Materials dialog box. Your materials palette should look like the picture below:

Click the flood fill tool then pour the gradient into the floating text letter by letter.

Now you can add different effects to the text. Click on effects and view all the different options available. Below are just a few effects applied:

3D-Inner Bevel
Texture-Emboss
Texture-Fine Leather
Texture-Weave

Creating Floating Text Using Picture Tubes:

Follow the directions above until you get to the ***** line.

From the toolbar select your Picture Tube icon and select your choice of picture tube. To fill the text with a tube, simply click inside the text with the left mouse as many times as you want to fill. Try out different picture tubes, or combine different tubes, and select the size that would enhance the overall effect. Below are some of my creations.

Yellow Beads
Pink Rose

To reposition your text, select the Pick tool and then click on the center of your image to move it.

Creating Floating Text Using Pattern Fills:

Follow the directions above until you get to the ***** line.

Open the Materials Properties dialog box by double clicking on the fill and background box in the Materials Palette. Click on the Pattern tab then click on the arrow to see all the different pattern options. You can change the angle as well as scale the pattern larger or smaller. To fill the text with a pattern, simply click inside the text with the left mouse as many times as you want to fill. Try out different picture tubes, or combine different tubes, and select the size that would enhance the overall effect. Below are some of my creations.

To fill the text with a pattern, select the flood fill tool and click inside the text to fill it with the pattern. Try out different pattern fills. Below are some of my creations: