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Create A Photoshop Tool Preset for Custom Text

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I tag all my artwork posted online with a minimum of my website URL, and usually with copyright info. I wanted to set up an easy way to add this in Photoshop to each image without having to go to the Type tool, type the text, size it, etc. Here’s how I solved the issue…

Create Type Outlines

First, using the Type tool, I created my custom text on a new layer. With this type layer selected, I then went to the Layers menu and then down to the Type submenu, and chose “Convert to shape”. This is similar to the “Create outlines” command in Adobe Illustrator. It gives you a vector outline of the type characters, and this is handy so you can resize without pixellation later on.

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Define a custom shape

Next, go to the Edit menu and then select “Define custom shape”. This will give you a new custom shape, available in the shapes drop-down box when you have the Shape Tool selected.

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Make a Tool Preset

Next, we’re going to make a Tool Preset so we can access this shape quickly, and define color & blending attributes to it. I chose black as the color, with a blending mode of multiply and an opacity of 20%. Be sure you have your new custom shape selected, and then create a new tool preset for the Shape tool.

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Now when you want to quickly add your URL to an image, just go to your Tool Presets panel and choose your preset. You then drag out on your canvas (holding the Shift key to constrain proportions) your custom “text”—technically it’s no longer text and not editable. Note that the new layer with your custom shape already has the blending mode and opacity you chose when creating the tool preset.

Obviously, the text is not editable. One could make a tool preset for the Type tool, but then you’d need to type out the text you want each time. Since I don’t need to edit the text for this usage, the Shape tool was the way to go.

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  • http://www.gomedia.us jeff_finley

    Quick and handy George

  • http://www.colthart.com Bruce Colthart (@bccreative)

    Nicely done, and a great, helpful idea for me and my Photoshop comps I'm always sending out. Using my logo and company name, I made two watermarks; one at 20 percent black, multiply, like you did, and another at 60 percent white, normal, for those darker backgrounds.

  • http://www.gomediazine.com/ Adam Wagner

    Yea George, this is a great tip.
    I have not explored tool presets in PS at all. After leaping the small learning curve I'm sure this will save me tons of time.

  • LindaWalton

    Too cool George! SO not I know how it's done! I'm learning a lot today, thank you!!!

  • http://twitter.com/chano87 Juan Lucero

    A great way to copyright your work !!!!

  • http://coghillcartooning.com George Coghill

    Great point on making a white version with different blend settings, for the darker images/designs.

    I have found that sometimes the “Screen” mode works good with a semi-transparent white overlay as well.

  • http://coghillcartooning.com George Coghill

    I mostly used Too Presets for custom brush settings, so I could keep my diameter, opacity, etc. settings as a default. When I started exploring for a way to have a sort of “symbol dropper”, I thought about the Tool Presets and eventually it led to making the custom shape out of the type outlines.

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    Very useful tip. Thanks man.

  • Simon H.

    Now that's useful ! And I didn't know that Ps would offer that little possibility.

  • http://www.crearedesign.co.uk/ Michael Thomas

    Good idea, but could you not just drag it from a previous PSD?

  • http://coghillcartooning.com George Coghill

    That was how I used to do it, but I find this to be much faster once it's set up.

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    Interesting tip. Yet another hidden technique for PS. Thanks!

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    I have not explored tool presets in PS at all. After leaping the small learning curve I’m sure this will save me tons of time.

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    Using my logo and company name, I made two watermarks; one at 20 percent black, multiply, like you did, and another at 60 percent white, normal, for those darker backgrounds.