How to Make See Through Text With Paint Shop

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How to Make See Through Text With Paint Shop
You can place transparent text over images in Paint Shop. (flower text image by Nicemonkey from

You can bring an image to life with see-through text effects. Images and text can often clash, dividing the viewer's attention. Using transparent text, you can superimpose a large slogan or title on top of an image without obscuring it, and without compromising the space given over to either. Create different moods and styles with drop shadows, embossing and other text effects. You can simply use the text box with a transparent setting, or create more sophisticated effects by using different layers for the image, text and shadow. Transparent text works best as a single word or short phrase.

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Things you need

  • Paint Shop Pro
  • Background image

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    Launch Paint Shop. Open your image. Click the Text tool. Check the "Create as Vector" and "Anti-Aliasing" options. Select a large, thick font. In the "Add Text" window, look for the "Floating Text" option. Uncheck the check box to deselect this.

  2. 2

    Click on the image where you want the text. Make a text box. Enter your text.

  3. 3

    Select the "Drop Shadow" effect. Choose a colour for your drop shadow. Alternatively you can use the "Cutout" option from the "Filters" menu to create text with an embossed look.

  1. 1

    Launch Paint Shop. Open your image. Go into the "Layers" menu. Select the "New Raster Layer" option. Name the layer Text Layer.

  2. 2

    Click on the text tool icon. Select a large font with thick, bold lines. Type in your text.

  3. 3

    Make the text layer your active layer by clicking on it in the "Layers" menu. Change the layer's opacity so that you can see through it.

  4. 4

    Select your text. Create a new layer as before. Name this layer Shadow Layer. Go to "Effects," then "3D Effects" and select ""Drop Shadow" from the menu. This creates an opaque drop shadow for your original text. To make the shadow translucent, make Shadow Layer the active layer and change the opacity.

  1. 1

    Launch Paint Shop and open your image. Create a new layer and name it Text Layer. Select the text icon and enter your text, making it as large as possible.

  2. 2

    Stretch the text to cover as much of the image as you can. Rotate the text if necessary.

  3. 3

    Use the "Flood Fill" tool to fill all areas of the Text Layer that do not contain text with a solid colour. This should be a different colour to your text.

  4. 4

    Select your text. Delete it, leaving behind a solid background with the image showing through a window-like cutout.

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