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How To Outline Text in Photoshop

How To Outline Text in Photoshop

Whether you’re creating a professional business logo for your startup or working on a personal project, you may be wondering how to outline text in Photoshop. Outlined text generally looks crisper and more professional than plain text. Here’s how to create an outline that will make your design stand out. 

Step 1: Type Your Text

To begin, add the text you want to a blank layer in Photoshop. Next, go the Layers panel and right click/Cmd on the layer name. Rasterize the layer by selecting “Rasterize”, then Ctrl/Cmd click on the thumbnail for the layer you’re working on to select the type you want to outline. If you do this correctly, the type will be outlined with scored lines. 

Step 2: Create a New Layer

Create another blank layer, then select Edit > Stroke and select the stroke width you want. Change the Location to Center, then click ok. To select the new stroke, hold Ctrl/Cmd and click on the layer thumbnail. 

Step 3: Apply a Gradient

Go the Layer panel, then turn off the bottom layer. Once you do this, you should see the outline of the text. Use the Gradient tool to apply a gradient to the selected text. The gradient will determine how the outline looks. 

Step 4: Modify the Stroke

Go to Edit > Stroke to modify the stroke again. This time, change it to 1 Pixel width and change the Location to Outside. 

Step 5: Fill the Text With Color

In the Layers panel, select the bottom layer and fill it with a gradient or color to get the look you want. If you’re looking for more depth, use a dropshadow in the Layer Style panel. 

Step 6: Make Adjustments as Needed

Play around with your image until you’re happy with the way your outlined text looks. You can also invert your image to achieve a completely different look. Keep in mind that you’ll need to flatten the image first before inverting it. You can also hide the fill if you just want to see outlined text with no color inside.

Step 7: Save Your Image

Once you’ve achieved the outline and text color you want, save the image. You can now use it for your various projects. For even more pictures you can use for personal and professional projects, look through Shutterstock’s inventory of royalty-free images. You can find the perfect image for your project by narrowing your search results by genre, keyword and more.  

 
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