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Do you want to learn how to make text transparent in Photoshop?

As a real estate photographer, you understand the importance of adding text to your images for marketing purposes. Whether it’s a property address, a tagline, or a call-to-action, text can help convey important information to potential buyers. 

However, placing text on a photo can sometimes make the image look cluttered or too busy. An easy solution to this problem is making text transparent. 

In this guide, we’ll show you how to easily make text transparent in Photoshop. We’ll also cover how to make a text box transparent for the person who rather prefers that look.

Let’s start by taking a look at why and when you may want to make your text transparent in an image.

Why Make Text Transparent in an Image?

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As a real estate photographer, you can enhance the appeal of your photos by incorporating transparent text.

This technique allows you to add interesting elements without detracting from the beauty of the image.

By placing text strategically on the photo, you can ensure visibility without obstructing any important components. 

This comes in handy when adding watermarks to your real estate photography, or when enhancing property flyers, calendars, postcards, magazines, and more.

Incorporating transparent text not only adds value to your photos but also adds a professional touch to your work. 

Let’s give it a try and see the difference it can make!

How to Make Text Transparent in Photoshop

When editing your images in Photoshop, you may have noticed that selecting a transparent color for text layers isn’t possible. However, there’s a workaround to create outline-only text by converting it into a shape layer.

The easiest way to create transparent text using the outline method is by converting it into a shape.

But before proceeding with transparency, it’s important to ensure that your text is in its final form. While sizing can be adjusted later, make sure you have the correct font selected.

Step 1. Once you’re happy with the style of your text, you can right click on your text layer and go down to Convert to shape, and this will change your text layer into a shape layer.

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Step 3. You can now access the Shape Tool by pressing U on your keyboard and changing the Fill and the Stroke settings. To change the fill and stroke settings, go to Fill and choose Transparent, and your text will now be completely invisible.

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Step 4. The final step is to add an outline by going to the Stroke setting and adding a white outline (or any desired color). You can also increase the size of the stroke to make the outline bolder. 

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Step 5. Lastly, click off of your image, and you’ll have transparent text with only an outline on its own layer!

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By following these steps, you’ll be able to enhance the visual appeal and engagement of your real estate photographs.

Let’s now take a look at how to make a text box transparent in Photoshop.

How to Make a Text Box Transparent in Photoshop

If you prefer to create a transparent knockout text box instead of just using a transparent text outline, we’ll create knockout text within a shape next. 

To get started, we first need to make a rectangular shape and add some text inside of it. 

Step 1. To get started, open an image in Photoshop.

How to make a text box transparent in Photoshop

Step 2. Choose the Rectangle Tool in Photoshop, and set the Fill setting to White and the Stroke setting to Transparent

How to make a text box transparent in Photoshop

Step 3. Now, click and drag out the rectangle on your image and hold the Space bar to reposition the whole shape.

How to make a text box transparent in Photoshop

Step 4. Next, create your text layer by clicking on the Type Tool (T) and typing in your text. Make sure to position the text exactly where you want the knockout text to be because it can be hard to edit this afterward. 

How to make a text box transparent in Photoshop

However, you can change the font of your text in the set the font family and set the font style menus, as well as the size in set the font size

Create a Selection of the Text

Once your text is aligned perfectly within your shape, we’ll create a selection of the text using a Layer Mask.

Step 5. To do the knockout text effect, place your text in the middle of the rectangle. Then, press CMD + D (Mac) or CTRL + D (PC) to deselect the shape. 

How to make a text box transparent in Photoshop

Step 6. Hold CMD + D (Mac) or CTRL + D (PC) once again and click on the text icon. As you can see, a small Marquee selection will pop up on the cursor. Simply, click on it and the text will be selected.

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Step 7. Now, we’re going to apply a layer mask on our rectangle layer, so click on the rectangle layer and then press the Add layer mask icon. 

How to make a text box transparent in Photoshop

Step 8. Because the selection is opposite to what we want right now, we need to invert it by pressing CMD + I (Mac) or CTRL + I on your layer mask. 

How to make a text box transparent in Photoshop

Step 9. From there, we’ll hide our text layer by clicking on the Eye icon in front of the layer, and voila! 

How to make a text box transparent in Photoshop

We now have a super cool transparent knockout text within our shape that will stay just where we want it to be! 

Making text transparent in Photoshop is a quick and easy way to add text to your images without making them look too busy. 

With a few simple steps, you can achieve the perfect level of transparency for your text. Overall, this is a great tool to have in your arsenal for creating eye-catching marketing materials. 

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Stina Pettersson

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Stina is an entrepreneur, digital marketer, and professional blogger who's passionate about real estate photo editing, being outdoors with her pup, and sweaty gym sessions. She loves the written word and has been writing for publications like Forbes and Thrive Global. Originally from Sweden, she's called South Florida her home since 2013.

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