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How to Slice Text in Photoshop

How to Slice Text in Photoshop

Find out how to slice textual content in Photoshop, and the way to maintain the textual content editable even after you slice it! For Photoshop CC and CS6.


Written by Steve Patterson.

On this tutorial, I am going to present you step-by-step how to create a well-liked “sliced text” impact with Photoshop. And in contrast to different tutorials that pressure you to convert your textual content into pixels earlier than you’ll be able to slice it, you will find out how to maintain your textual content editable so you’ll be able to check out totally different phrases utilizing the identical slices!

To try this, we’ll benefit from two highly effective Photoshop options referred to as sensible objects and vector masks. We’ll begin by changing the textual content into a sensible object, which retains it editable. After which we’ll minimize the textual content into slices, and form the slices into any angle we’d like, utilizing vector masks! Let’s examine the way it works. I will be utilizing Photoshop CC 2019 however you can even comply with together with Photoshop CS6.

This is a fast design I got here up with to present the sliced textual content impact we’ll be creating. Discover that the phrase “SLICE” is sliced in half:


How to slice text in PhotoshopHow to slice text in Photoshop

The sliced textual content impact.

As soon as we have created the preliminary impact, I am going to present you ways to edit the textual content so you should use the identical slices with a unique phrase with out beginning over:


The same slice text effect in Photoshop after editing the textThe same slice text effect in Photoshop after editing the text

The identical sliced impact with totally different textual content.



Hungry to find out how to slice textual content? Then let’s get began!

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How to slice textual content in Photoshop

Step 1: Add your textual content to the doc

Step one in making a sliced textual content impact is to add some textual content. I’ve gone forward and added the textual content to my doc, however you possibly can simply comply with alongside by creating a brand new doc and including any textual content you want:


The initial Photoshop document with the text addedThe initial Photoshop document with the text added

The preliminary Photoshop doc with the textual content added.


If we glance in the Layers panel, we see how my doc is about up. The primary picture is on the Background layer, and the phrase “SLICE” is on a Sort layer above it. I’ve added a stroke across the letters, which is listed as an impact under the Sort layer.

The remaining textual content (“BUY ONE”, “GET ONE FREE”, and so forth) is in a layer group on the prime named “Additional text”. I’ve positioned it in a gaggle simply to maintain it out of the best way. For this impact, the one textual content we’re in is the phrase “SLICE”:


Photoshop's Layers panel showing the text added to the documentPhotoshop's Layers panel showing the text added to the document

The Layers panel displaying the doc setup.

Turning off the extra textual content

To maintain issues easy, I am going to flip the layer group off for now by clicking its visibility icon:


Turning off the additional text in the Photoshop documentTurning off the additional text in the Photoshop document

Turning off the “Additional text” layer group.

And now we see simply the phrase “SLICE” in entrance of the background picture. I downloaded the picture from Adobe Inventory:


The Photoshop document with only the word 'SLICE' in front of the background imageThe Photoshop document with only the word 'SLICE' in front of the background image

The doc after turning off the extra textual content. Photograph credit score: Adobe Inventory.

Step 2: Convert the Sort layer into a sensible object

To maintain the textual content editable as you slice it, convert the Sort layer into a sensible object. First, make it possible for the Sort layer you want is chosen:


Selecting the Type layer in the Layers panel in PhotoshopSelecting the Type layer in the Layers panel in Photoshop

Choosing the Sort layer in the Layers panel.

Then click on on the menu icon in the higher proper of the Layers panel:


Clicking the Layers panel menu iconClicking the Layers panel menu icon

Clicking the Layers panel menu icon.

And select Convert to Sensible Object from the menu:


How to convert a Type layer to a smart object in PhotoshopHow to convert a Type layer to a smart object in Photoshop

Selecting the “Convert to Smart Object” command.

A sensible object icon seems in the decrease proper of the preview thumbnail, telling us that our textual content is now safely inside a sensible object:


The Layers panel after converting the Type layer into a smart object in PhotoshopThe Layers panel after converting the Type layer into a smart object in Photoshop

Sensible objects are indicated by their icon in the preview thumbnail.

Step three: Choose the Rectangle Device

To attract the slices, we’ll use Photoshop’s Rectangle Device. Choose the Rectangle Device from the Toolbar:


Selecting Photoshop's Rectangle Tool from the toolbarSelecting Photoshop's Rectangle Tool from the toolbar

Choosing the Rectangle Software.

Step four: Set the Software Mode to Path

Then in the Choices Bar, set the Software Mode to Path:


Setting the tool mode for Photoshop's Rectangle Tool to Path in the Options BarSetting the tool mode for Photoshop's Rectangle Tool to Path in the Options Bar

Setting the mode for the Rectangle Software to Path.

Step 5: Draw a path across the backside half of the textual content

Drag out an oblong path across the backside half of your textual content. We’re going to use this path to create the underside slice. For greatest outcomes, attempt to make the trail wider than the textual content itself, in order that in case you want to edit the textual content later, and the brand new textual content is a bit longer than the unique textual content, the brand new textual content will nonetheless match inside the slice.

When you want to reposition the trail as you are drawing it, press and maintain your spacebar, drag the trail into place, after which launch your spacebar to proceed drawing the trail:


Drawing a rectangular path around the bottom half of the text in PhotoshopDrawing a rectangular path around the bottom half of the text in Photoshop

Drawing an oblong path across the backside half of the textual content.

Step 6: Select the Direct Choice Software

Now that we have now our path, we’ll reshape it right into a diagonal slice.

Choose Photoshop’s Direct Choice Software from the Toolbar. By default, it is hiding behind the Path Choice Device (the black arrow device). You will want to click on and maintain on the Path Choice Device till a fly-out menu seems, after which select the Direct Choice Device (the white arrow software) from the menu:


Selecting the Direct Selection Tool from the Toolbar in PhotoshopSelecting the Direct Selection Tool from the Toolbar in Photoshop

Choosing the Direct Choice Device from behind the Path Choice Device.

Step 7: Deselect the trail

Click on anyplace away from the trail to deselect it. The anchor level in every nook of the trail will disappear, leaving solely the trail define itself:


Deselecting the path by clicking away from it in the Photoshop documentDeselecting the path by clicking away from it in the Photoshop document

Clicking away from the trail to deselect it.

Step eight: Choose and drag the highest left anchor level downward

Then click on in the highest left nook of the trail to choose simply that one anchor level:


Selecting the top left anchor point on the path in PhotoshopSelecting the top left anchor point on the path in Photoshop

Clicking to choose the highest left anchor level.

And drag the purpose downward to flip the highest of the trail right into a sloped, diagonal line:


Dragging the top left anchor point down to reshape the top of the pathDragging the top left anchor point down to reshape the top of the path

Dragging the highest left anchor level downward.

Changing the stay form into a daily path

Photoshop will ask if you’d like to convert your reside form into a daily path. Click on Sure:


Clicking Yes to turn the live shape into a regular path in PhotoshopClicking Yes to turn the live shape into a regular path in Photoshop

Clicking Sure to flip the stay form into a daily path.

Step 9: Choose and drag the highest proper anchor level upward

Then click on on the anchor level in the highest proper nook of the trail to choose it:


Selecting the anchor point in the top right corner of the path in PhotoshopSelecting the anchor point in the top right corner of the path in Photoshop

Clicking to choose the highest proper anchor level.

And drag that time upward. You’ll be able to travel with the 2 factors, clicking and dragging them up or down as wanted, till you are proud of the angle of the slice:


Dragging the top right anchor point on the path upwardDragging the top right anchor point on the path upward

Dragging the highest proper anchor level upward.

What is the distinction between vector shapes and pixel shapes in Photoshop?

Step 10: Convert the trail right into a vector masks

To create the slice, we’d like to flip the trail right into a vector masks. Go to your Layers panel, press and maintain the Ctrl (Win) / Command (Mac) key in your keyboard, and click on the Add Layer Masks icon:


How to turn a path into a vector mask in PhotoshopHow to turn a path into a vector mask in Photoshop

Holding Ctrl (Win) / Command (Mac) and clicking the Add Layer Masks icon.

A vector masks thumbnail seems subsequent to the sensible object’s preview thumbnail:


The vector mask thumbnail in the Layers panel in PhotoshopThe vector mask thumbnail in the Layers panel in Photoshop

The vector masks thumbnail in the Layers panel.

And in the doc, we see that the highest a part of the textual content has disappeared. Solely the underside half contained in the vector masks stays seen, creating our first slice:


The first text slice has been created in PhotoshopThe first text slice has been created in Photoshop

The primary slice has been created.

Step 11: Make a replica of the sensible object

To create the highest slice, make a replica of the sensible object by going up to the Layer menu, selecting New, after which selecting Layer by way of Copy. Or you’ll be able to press the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+J (Win) / Command+J (Mac):


Selecting the 'New Layer via Copy' command in PhotoshopSelecting the 'New Layer via Copy' command in Photoshop

Going to Layer > New > Layer by way of Copy.

Within the Layers panel, a replica of the sensible object seems above the unique:


Photoshop's Layers panel showing the copy of the smart objectPhotoshop's Layers panel showing the copy of the smart object

The Layers panel displaying the sensible object copy.

Step 12: Select “Subtract Front Shape”

Within the Choices Bar, click on the Path Operations icon:


Clicking the Path Operations icon in Photoshop's Options BarClicking the Path Operations icon in Photoshop's Options Bar

Clicking the Path Operations icon in the Choices Bar.

And select Subtract Entrance Form from the menu:


Choosing 'Subtract Front Shape' from the Path Operations menu in PhotoshopChoosing 'Subtract Front Shape' from the Path Operations menu in Photoshop

Selecting “Subtract Front Shape” from the Path Operations menu.

This inverts the vector masks, making the highest slice seen, and we now have each slices:


The top slice of the text appears in PhotoshopThe top slice of the text appears in Photoshop

The highest slice seems after selecting “Subtract Front Shape”.

Hiding the trail

We do not want to see the trail define anymore. So to cover the trail, click on anyplace outdoors of it:


Hiding the path outline by clicking in the Photoshop documentHiding the path outline by clicking in the Photoshop document

Hiding the trail by clicking in the doc.

Viewing the slices

It might appear to be our textual content continues to be in one piece. However you possibly can flip the person slices on and off by clicking their visibility icons in the Layers panel.

If I click on the visibility icon to flip off the highest sensible object:


Turning off the top text slice in the Layers panel in PhotoshopTurning off the top text slice in the Layers panel in Photoshop

Turning off the highest slice.

We see solely the underside slice of the textual content:


Viewing just the bottom text slice in the Photoshop documentViewing just the bottom text slice in the Photoshop document

The underside sensible object holds the underside slice.

I am going to click on the identical visibility icon once more to flip the highest slice again on. And if I then flip off the underside slice by clicking its visibility icon:


Turning off the bottom text slice in the Layers panel in PhotoshopTurning off the bottom text slice in the Layers panel in Photoshop

Turning off the underside slice.

We see solely the highest slice of the textual content. To show the underside slice again on, click on once more on its visibility icon:


Viewing just the top text slice in the Photoshop documentViewing just the top text slice in the Photoshop document

The highest sensible object holds the highest slice.

Step 13: Choose the Transfer Software

To maneuver the slices aside, choose Photoshop’s Transfer Software from the Toolbar:


Selecting the Move Tool from the Toolbar in PhotoshopSelecting the Move Tool from the Toolbar in Photoshop

Choosing the Transfer Software.

Step 14: Drag the slices the separate them

Select the slice you need to transfer by clicking on it in the Layers panel, after which drag it into place in the doc. Or, as an alternative of dragging with the Transfer Software, you possibly can press the arrow keys in your keyboard to nudge the slice into place (you will nonetheless want to have the Transfer Device chosen).

I am going to choose the underside slice in the Layers panel:


Selecting the bottom text slice in the Layers panel in PhotoshopSelecting the bottom text slice in the Layers panel in Photoshop

Choosing the underside slice.

After which I am going to use the arrow keys on my keyboard to nudge the underside slice down and to the best:


How to separate the text slices in PhotoshopHow to separate the text slices in Photoshop

Separating the slices utilizing the arrow keys on my keyboard.

Turning the extra textual content again on

I am going to flip my further textual content again on by clicking the layer group’s visibility icon:


Turning on the additional text in the Photoshop documentTurning on the additional text in the Photoshop document

Turning on the layer group.

And right here we see the format with the sliced textual content impact added:


How to slice text in PhotoshopHow to slice text in Photoshop

The sliced textual content impact.

How to edit the textual content contained in the slices

So now that we have created the sliced textual content impact, let’s find out how to edit the textual content contained in the slices.

Regardless that we have created the slices utilizing two separate sensible objects, every sensible object holds the very same Sort layer. So if we modify the textual content in one sensible object, the identical change will seem in each.

Step 1: Double-click on a sensible object’s thumbnail

To edit the textual content, double-click on one of many sensible object thumbnails. Both one will work:


How to edit the text inside the smart object in PhotoshopHow to edit the text inside the smart object in Photoshop

Double-clicking on one of many sensible object thumbnails.

The textual content opens in its personal separate doc:


The text inside the smart object opens in a separate Photoshop documentThe text inside the smart object opens in a separate Photoshop document

The textual content seems, prepared for modifying.

Step 2: Choose the Sort Software

Choose Photoshop’s Sort Software from the Toolbar:


Selecting the Type Tool from the Toolbar in PhotoshopSelecting the Type Tool from the Toolbar in Photoshop

Grabbing the Sort Software.

Step three: Edit your textual content

After which edit your textual content. I am going to double-click on the textual content to spotlight the complete phrase:


Highlighting the text to edit it in PhotoshopHighlighting the text to edit it in Photoshop

Double-clicking to spotlight the textual content.

Then I am going to change the phrase from “SLICE” to “PIZZA”:


Editing the text inside the sliced effect in PhotoshopEditing the text inside the sliced effect in Photoshop

Changing the unique phrase with a brand new phrase.

Step four: Click on the checkmark in the Choices Bar

To simply accept the change, I am going to click on the checkmark in the Choices Bar:


Accepting the new text by clicking the checkmark in PhotoshopAccepting the new text by clicking the checkmark in Photoshop

Clicking the checkmark.

Step 5: Select “Reveal All” if wanted

Discover that in this case, modifying the textual content created an issue. The brand new textual content is a bit too lengthy to match inside the viewable space of the doc, so a part of the letter “A” on the best is extending off the canvas:


The new text is too long to fit on the canvas in the Photoshop documentThe new text is too long to fit on the canvas in the Photoshop document

The brand new textual content does not match on the canvas.

If this occurs together with your textual content, go up to the Picture menu in the Menu Bar and select Reveal All:


Choosing the Reveal All command in PhotoshopChoosing the Reveal All command in Photoshop

Going to Picture > Reveal All.

And Photoshop immediately resizes the canvas to match your complete textual content:


The entire text is now visible after choosing the 'Reveal All' command in PhotoshopThe entire text is now visible after choosing the 'Reveal All' command in Photoshop

The complete textual content is now seen after selecting “Reveal All”.

Step 6: Save and shut the sensible object doc

To simply accept the change and return to the primary doc, we’d like to save and shut the sensible object’s doc.

Go up to the File menu and select Save:


Saving the changes to the text in the smart objectSaving the changes to the text in the smart object

Going to File > Save.

After which return to the File menu and select Shut:


Closing the smart object document to return to the sliced text effect documentClosing the smart object document to return to the sliced text effect document

Going to File > Shut.

Again in the primary doc, we see the identical impact, however this time with our edited textual content:


A second sliced text effect created in PhotoshopA second sliced text effect created in Photoshop

Similar impact, totally different textual content.

And there we now have it! That is how to slice textual content, and the way to edit the textual content contained in the impact, with Photoshop! Take a look at our Photograph Results and Text Results sections for extra tutorials. And do not forget, all of our tutorials can be found to obtain as PDFs!