Step 1: Get yourself an image.
Step 2: Manipulate the image as you like and make sure you have an extra copy layer of the one you're happy with. Then click on the New Layer icon.
Step 3: Select a White background.
Step 4: Select the Oval Selection tool and draw a nice oval covering most of the image.
Step 5: Go to Select->Feather and make the value 250.
Step 6: Cut or Delete the selection from the White layer. You can also adjust the transparency if you feel like it.
Step 7: Make sure you select your Image Layer and then go to Filters->Artistic->Apply Canvas. You can play with the settings, but I left them as is.
Step 8: Choose the Text tool and type something. The text editing tools are on the lower left dialog box for things like font size, font type, and color.
Step 9: Moving the text can be tricky. Choose the Move Object tool, and make sure your cursor is touching the text itself, otherwise you will move the layer below.
Step 10: Move the text layer above the white layer so it is more legible. Duplicate the text layer and then go to Layer->Transform->Flip Vertically.
Step 11: Use the Distortion tool to tweak the text a little.
Step 12: Change the Opacity on both text layers...
Opacity 50 and 70
Step 13: Save and Save As, and...
There you be.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Make duplicates of your layer before you change it.
- Don't be afraid to experiment (if you have duplicate layers).
- If you don't like the way something turned out, delete that layer and start with a new duplicate one.
- Duplicate layers are your friend.
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