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Photoshop Quick Tip: Text on a Layer Mask

Manipulating type in a mask channel By Dave Nagel
Last week we explored several techniques for working with layer masks in Adobe Photoshop. These included a technique for applying text directly to layer masks. But what we didn't get into were ways to manipulate type in a mask channel, which might have been helpful, since text isn't handled the same in a mask as it is on a regular text layer.

If you haven't already done so, you can read our previous layer mask tutorial here.  This last article goes into detail on the techniques you can use for creating and working with layer masks; today we'll focus exclusively on text creation and manipulation within a layer mask.

Text creation
In order to apply text directly to an existing layer mask, you must first make the layer mask visible in the Channels palette by clicking the box to the left of the mask there.

Then you must make everything else invisible by deselecting the visibility box next to the RGB icon in the Channels palette, as in the example below.

If you don't do this, any text you create will appear on a new layer, rather than within the layer mask of the currently selected layer. But once you do this, you're free to use the text tool just as you normally ould: by clicking the cursor onto your canvas and typing. Howeverm as far as manipulation is concerned, there are some differences.

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