How to Write in Sand in Photoshop

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How to Write in Sand in Photoshop
Using Photoshop to write a message in the sand is great fun. (beach image by Horticulture from

Most people arrive back from holiday with hundreds of beach shots, each almost identical to the last. A great way to individualise these photos is by writing a message in the sand using Adobe Photoshop. Whether it is a way of remembering the beach that you proposed on, making a friend laugh or simply livening up those generic beach shots, using Photoshop to write a message in the sand is great fun.

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  1. 1

    Open the picture of a sandy beach you want to manipulate.

  2. 2

    Select the "Text tool" and write the message you want to appear in the sand.

  3. 3

    Hold down the "Ctrl" and "T" keys on your keyboard. A box with appear around your text. Resize the text and drag it to the appropriate place in the shot, using your mouse.

  4. 4

    Click on the italic "f" on the menu at the top of your screen to open "Blending options."

  5. 5

    Open the "General blending" tab. Set the "Opacity" to 100% and check the boxes marked "Blend clipped layers as group" and "Transparency shapes layer" under the "Advanced blending" heading.

  6. 6

    Select "Drop shadow" from the menu. Here you can manipulate that depth and angle of your shadow. This is trial and error process to achieve the effect you want. Some proxy settings are: "Opacity" at 38 per cent, "Angle" at 120 degrees, "Size" at 27 pixels and "Noise" at 14 per cent.

  7. 7

    Select "Inner shadow" and again choose settings to achieve your desired text effect. Your angle will need to be the same but it is advisable to use a higher "Opacity" and lower "Noise" level.

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