Hello dear ones,
I've just posted my first freebie for you. I made a blog just so I could! (I'm also looking ahead to the blog train; it will be nice to have somewhere to post my offering.)
Inspired by this week's cut-out challenge, I decided to share the Knockout actions I use in Photoshop to create knockout text and other cut-out shapes. This is my very favorite way to do cutouts because it actually "punches" through the layers (so you can see the real under-layer showing through, whether it's a photo, a patterned paper, or even transparency - the last of which is awesome for making photo overlays, by the way). It's also fully editable, so unlike techniques where you actually do cut out your shape by deleting it from the top layer, this effect lets you continue to change and edit your cutout shape as much as you like (e.g., change the font, resize, and so on). To get the depth effect, which isn't shown in the demo pictures, just add an inner shadow following the directions in Marisa's recent tutorial.
Here's where to find it: http://eversoscrumptiously.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/its-a-knockout/ and here's an example of what I am talking about, shown with text as the cut-out shape in this case:
The word "banana" is on its OWN layer. It is not just deleted from the white semi-transparent bar or yellow heart. The text is still fully editable - I could change the word to "apple," I could tilt the word on its side, move it to a different place on the image, etc. The knockout "travels with" whatever shape it is attached to (in this case the shape is the word "banana"). Hope that explanation makes sense!
PS If anyone uses PS Elements I'd love to know if these actions work there, too. If someone would be willing to test them out (or maybe knows off the top of their head) I'd be thrilled!