How I Mask Titles and Names on My Glamour Photos

So I get this question all the time, and decided today I would answer it. You see, I tend to add the client name, or the subject's name, my own logo or watermark, and even the occasional censor bar, to my images in as creative of a manner as I can. This is just a little thing I enjoy doing, and never gave it another thought when I started it. However, since then I've been asked several dozen times how I go about doing it, so today I made up a quick tutorial covering exactly how I do it.

Nothing too complex here, but like a lot of my tutorials, the takeaway should be more about making the effort towards the look you want, and not any type of shortcut trickery. Get in, get it done, put the effort, and make it look awesome. The steps shown in this tutorial are directly related to composite image creation, among other things. To be honest, this is the quickest and simplest use of masks, so I decided to show a few different variations on it in the tutorial.

Keep in mind, like almost every single thing you can do with Photoshop, there are different ways to go about masking in a title or graphic element (or another part of a photo) using different techniques. This is just one way to go about doing what I do, because so many wonderful people have asked me about it. 

If this tutorial helps you learn more about detailed masking, then you may eventually be on your way towards full blown composite image creation soon enough. Don't forget to check out my educational videos and events, which are likely coming to a city near you soon.

And finally, here are some sample images I've added titles to in a composited, masked manner:

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Sergio Tello's picture

You're giving away all your secrets! For that, I thank you. Very inspirational.

Tam Nguyen's picture

For a second there I thought the title read "How I mask titties..."

Nino Batista's picture

Ha! Oh Tam Tam Tam...

Mark Darren Mui's picture

You can do this in under a minute with Topaz Remask. Shhh, don't tell anyone. It goes on sale several times a year.

Nino Batista's picture

Well, sure, of course, and I mentioned that in the tutorial. But, in my experience, I can composite in a title or a name into a shot in 30 seconds manually in most cases anyway. I prefer a hands-on, direct approach to stuff like this (most of the time) so rather than run a plug and noodle with it, I just get in and do what I want. Also, in some instances, you don't get a clear, solid background to mask with, so a plug can be useless in those situations (tho they get better every year). No doubt there are many ways to do this sort of thing, but I def prefer straight up manually.

Nino, thank you for sharing your technique... wonderful explanation. Can you tell me your top 3 favorite fonts for this type of titling? I always seem to have trouble selecting fonts. Thank you.

Nino Batista's picture

Fonts / typefaces vary depending on where you are using them, in terms of the ones I prefer. Since my glamour style is generally pretty colorful, contrasty, clear, etc, I like non-serif classic fonts like Helvetica and such for those. However, different themed / toned images would likely not work as well w those fonts, so I would improvise an explore options on those. As I mentioned in the video, typeface use is a design theory approach unto itself, and can vary quite a lot with diff philosophies and approaches.

Lezlie! (Y)

Joshua Boldt's picture

thank you