Converting text into shapes allows you to distort the text as you like while retaining straight, clean edges.



  1. Kyle 28 March, 2008 at 20:27 Reply

    Great tutorial! On your next one can you show us how you made the logo for the new design? Also, love the new website layout!

  2. Tammy 31 March, 2008 at 20:06 Reply

    dang! I wish I had something to use this on! I am just a digital scrapbooker, but you have taught me so much with your excellent tutorials!

  3. Bob Murray 1 April, 2008 at 07:40 Reply

    I’ll be converting text to shapes from now on.
    As always, Corey’s teaching is excellent.
    This is a great planet to visit often.
    It has a cool atmosphere!

  4. Craig 4 April, 2008 at 08:37 Reply

    I have been visiting your website for a little over a year. Always great stuff, love your tuts. It is always the small tips like the hold control to drag without snapping. You show me things that I never knew I wanted or thought was possible, in not only PS but AI as well. So thanks a lot, you have no idea how helpful you have been!

  5. Carl 6 April, 2008 at 15:25 Reply

    I get an error when i try to convert to shape “error,could not complete your request because the type layer uses a faux bold style”

    What am i doing wrong?

    Please help

  6. Omar 11 April, 2008 at 09:09 Reply

    just as carl said,,i get the ssame error

    “error,could not complete your request because the type layer uses a faux bold style”
    is there a missing step ?

    please help

  7. Josh 15 April, 2008 at 08:21 Reply

    I cannot convert to shape. It dosen’t have the option. Even when i control right click. But i am using a non upgraded photoshop.

  8. Nix 21 April, 2008 at 14:51 Reply

    For those of you who receive the “faux bold error”. This is because you have enabled faux bold (a setting that fakes a bold style). You can switch it off in the character palette.

    On a related note, it would be awesome if you could show a quick and easy way to extrude text. The way I know are cumbersome and not very fancy, so I am usually forced to make it in actual 3D-programs instead. Thanks for a very useful tutorial, though.

  9. Márcio Guerra 17 May, 2008 at 14:00 Reply

    Cool video tutorial… I am starting to feel that I wanna buy a new spaceship and fly to this planet! Thank you very much!

    Márcio Guerra

    P.s.- Yet simple, you still amaze me in every single tutorial you make. It really rocks! Thanks

  10. Franky 14 June, 2008 at 04:35 Reply


    I’ve been looking at our site a few weeks now and tried a few video’s. I’m an absolute NOOB when it comes to Photoshop but with the help of your video’s I’m getting great results !

    Thank you ! This is really a very unique website and I’m recommending you to everyone who want to hear it 😉

  11. Chris 27 September, 2008 at 22:54 Reply

    After I duplicate the text layer/flip it and add the layer mask as you have done, when I try to use the gradient tool over the text nothing happens. Help?

  12. David 14 October, 2008 at 17:33 Reply

    i download the font of off but im having trouble getting it on photoshop can u plz tell me how to insert the new font into photoshop

  13. anttoly 23 November, 2008 at 03:51 Reply

    Thank you for the tutorial.
    For those who were looking to download this tutorial – you will find an flv file in your Temporary Internet Files folder (use search) after you watched it

  14. Jack 10 February, 2009 at 09:42 Reply

    I just want to know how to change background and how to put window like that where it says: “3D_letters copy @ 100%”.

  15. balkoboy 18 February, 2009 at 17:36 Reply

    Very well tutorial. Lots of smart tips & tricks as well.
    Learned alot from all of your tutorials. great work.

    Best regards form Norway.

  16. Mike 8 March, 2009 at 18:47 Reply

    How come hardly any of these work for me? I’m using exact same program.. I get up to the bit where he does the gradient of the reflection.. It doesn’t work, just stays a solid color even though I do the exact same thing he does. So instead I just change the opacity of the reflection, then I right click on the top word and no option comes up saying ‘distort’? It just has two of my layer names, and then an option ‘Select similar layers’ – I go into distort under the ‘filter’ heading and it just has options like glass, glow, grain etc… Can anyone help?

  17. Francia 6 April, 2009 at 23:36 Reply

    Hallo! Im just trying to see the complet video and it doesnt work… it cuts off in the middle… Am i doing something wrong?

  18. ploey 6 July, 2009 at 07:19 Reply

    can’t seem to convert my text to shape. it says, “the type layer uses a faux bold style”

    reply asap.. thanks..

  19. Kevin 17 December, 2009 at 20:01 Reply

    I love the effect!! Can Illustrator do anything like this?
    How do I then use this as part of an Illustrator doc. If I wanted this effect in a postcard or logo, how do I get it there, since it is already this a rational question? any tips are greatly appreciated -Kevin

  20. Troy 26 June, 2010 at 11:26 Reply

    Thats was cool. This is first visit I stumble on to your site looking for tutorial on how to how to make a see thru text and glad I did . Thanks Troy

  21. April K 1 August, 2010 at 12:08 Reply

    Just found this website and this is one of the most amazing PS videos I’ve seen. Love the detail and explantion that you include. Thank you so much. Awesome job!!! Can’t wait to go see more!

  22. April K 1 August, 2010 at 12:12 Reply

    Is there a way to purchase this tutorial and others you’ve done on CD or DVD? I always hate when I find great videos and then try to go back and review later to discover they’ve been removed or the site is gone. This is by far one of the best I’ve seen! Thanks so much!

  23. Les 2 September, 2011 at 18:20 Reply

    Everything in this works well for me except selecting the vector text and doing a transform on it. When I try to select the text, it selects the individual letters. Working in CS3.

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