Design Hack
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July 30, 2019

Power up your text with the cut-out effect

Never before has it been so easy to trumpet your message across the heavens, but so dang hard to make anyone care less!

Never before has it been so easy to trumpet your message across the heavens, but so dang hard to make anyone care less!

The cut-out text effect is a great way to stop thumbs and get noticed.  

This bold approach to text is on-trend and high impact. It’s especially useful for events and product launches; enticing your followers with bits of context that peep through stenciled text, and captivating their hearts forever and ever, and ever.

Geez this text effect is powerful!

Follow the steps below to learn how to harness the power of the all-mighty blending tool.

Step 1: Start with a white square or rectangle

Start a new project and select a ‘Transparent’ background. Then, go to ‘Shape’ and select a white square. A blank canvas awaits you.

Step 2: Add your text

Select ‘Text’. Scroll to color and make it black. Choose your font.

Say it loud, say it proud, but also, say it snappy. Too much text may overwhelm your image. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Step 3: Find your background image

Oh, the wonderful world of Unsplash. Find the right background image for your message. It will cover your white square and text at first. Don’t freak out.

Step 4: Final step already!  Let the blending begin

Your top image should still be selected. If not, tap on ‘Layers’ and select it.

In the toolbar, go all the way to ‘Blend’

Then! Scroll over to ‘Lighten’ and abracadabra! Text with a punch.

Top tip: Use the Masking Tool to layer some of your background image over the white square and level up that expert look even more.

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