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Mask a text layer with another text layer

New Here ,
May 19, 2023 May 19, 2023

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I'm trying to figure out how I can mask a text layer with another text layer. essentially, I want it to look like the text layer on the bottom is cut around the text layer on top to give it some white space around the stroke.

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May 19, 2023 May 19, 2023

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Hi @seanwinningham

Just add another white stroke filter to the text in front set behind the black:

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May 19, 2023 May 19, 2023

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Thank you for the suggestion. Unfortunately, that won't work because I'm also using a drop shadow so the border sticks out around the entire text and not just the top. So having a true mask is what I'm looking for. 

 

I appreciate you trying to help!

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May 19, 2023 May 19, 2023

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Hi @seanwinningham what you are asking for is not possible with a mask applied to the bottom text layer based on the upper text (with stroke/shadow). Layer masks are not dynamic so editing the top text would break the mask on the bottom text. 

If you create an intermediate layer between the two, you could stroke that white to block out the bottom text, and then add a layer mask to that middle layer so only the top shows. That would allow you to edit text on both top and middle layer to match.

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A couple of alternatives which may help :

1. Put the text layers in a group and add the drop shadow to the group

2. Make a copy of the foreground text layer and widen stroke on the lower of the two (text Layer 2 copy in my screenshot)

3. Convert that copy to a smart object

4. Turn Fill to 0% and , in Blending Options, Knockout to Deep

 

That cuts through to the background and the drop shadow appears in the gaps

2023-05-19_17-39-31.jpg

 

Another way with a different result:

 

 

1. Put the text layers in a group and add the drop shadow to the group

2. Make a copy of both text layers and change the stroke to white widen stroke on the lower of the foreground pair two (text Layer 2 copy in my screenshot)

3. Convert the copy of the backround text to a smart object

4. Clip the copy of text with teh white wide stroke to the smart object

 

That shows white where the other layer is solid or has a stroke but does not show the real background with its drop shadow.

2023-05-19_17-36-29.jpg

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