Photoshop Tutorial: Add an Image Inside Text with a Clipping Mask

Adding an image inside text can create a visually striking and eye-catching effect. In this Photoshop tutorial, we will learn how to use a clipping mask to seamlessly integrate an image into text, effectively turning the text into a container for the image.

Step 1: Open the Image and Create a New Text Layer

  1. Launch Photoshop and open the image that you want to use for this effect.
  2. Create a new text layer by clicking on the Type Tool (T) in the Tools panel.
  3. Choose a font style and size that you like, and type out the text that you want to use as the container for the image.
  4. Position the text on the canvas and adjust its size and orientation as desired.

Step 2: Insert an Image Layer

  1. Import the image that you want to insert into the text. You can do this by dragging and dropping the image file into the Photoshop window or by going to File > Place Embedded.
  2. Position the image layer above the text layer in the Layers panel.

Step 3: Create a Clipping Mask

  1. To embed the image inside the text, you need to create a clipping mask. Click on the image layer to select it, and then hold down the Alt/Option key and click on the text layer. This will create a clipping mask that will restrict the image to the shape of the text.
  2. You will now see that the image is contained within the outline of the text, creating a seamless integration between the two elements.

Step 4: Refine the Clipping Mask

  1. If the edges of the image are not perfectly aligned with the text, you can use the Eraser Tool to refine the clipping mask. Select the Eraser Tool (E) and set its opacity to a low value, such as 10% or 20%.
  2. Carefully erase any areas around the text where the image is not completely visible. This will ensure that the image is completely embedded inside the text.

Step 5: Adjust the Image and Text

  1. You can further adjust the appearance of the image and text by using various editing tools in Photoshop. For example, you can use the Free Transform tool to resize or rotate the text, or you can use adjustment layers to adjust the color, contrast, and brightness of the image.

Step 6: Save the Modified Image

  1. Once you are satisfied with the effect, save the modified image in a high-quality format, such as JPEG or TIFF.


By following these steps, you can successfully add an image inside text using a clipping mask in Photoshop. This technique is versatile and can be used to create various designs, such as social media graphics, website headers, and product packaging. Experiment with different images, fonts, and editing techniques to create unique and eye-catching compositions.