So it’s been awhile since I’ve been on here. I’ve been busy with the new baby and work and stuff. Some of you may not know, but I run a screen printing business called Five Fifteen Printing & Design (http://fivefifteenprinting.com), and with that I have to do a lot of design work so I’ve decided to write a Photoshop tutorial because, why not?!
In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a transparent border/stroke around an object or text that will show through any objects or text underneath it. I have to do this a lot when designing t-shirts for bands.
First off, we’ll start with the basic design I’ve come up with for a band:
But wait! We need to put the band’s logo in there:
I think we can make that look a little better… Right click on the logo layer and go to “Blending Options”.
On the left hand side, go to “Stroke” and give the logo it’s border. The color doesn’t really matter because we’re going to make it transparent, but adjust the size to meet your needs. In this case I’m going to go with 30 pixels. Click OK.
So now we have something like this:
Now it’s time to turn that border transparent! The logo layer should now have a little “fx” icon next to it like this:
Right click on the “fx” icon and select “Create Layer”.
What this does is break up any effects that we’ve added (such as the border/stroke) into their own layers.
Now, right click on the new layer that was made (Should be called “[Logo Layer's name]‘s Outer Stroke”) and click “Blending Options” like we did before.
This time, on the default menu that comes up, under “Advanced Blending” change your Fill Opacity to 0% and your Knockout to “Deep” as shown below:
Click OK and that’s pretty much it!
But wait! One more thing to make your life a little easier… Hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and click on your logo layer along with any effect layers that were made when we separated them earlier.
Right click on them and select “Link Layers”.
This will make it where if you move your logo layer, the other layers will go with it.
Hope this tutorial can be of help to some of you out there!
Oh yeah and if you were wondering who the band They Will Repent is, they’re a local band from my hometown, Des Moines, IA. Check them out! http://theywillrepent.bandcamp.com