Published on June 15, 2024

Create a half photo – half text effect

In this blog I will show you how to place a photo inside of a text and split it in half in Adobe Photoshop.

Rather watch the video with instructions? Then click here to watch the tutorial on YouTube or scroll down to the end of this page.

If you want, you can download the photo I used here.

Step 1: Add text

First open the photo you want to use.

Then select the horizontal type tool. Pick a font and text color and type your text.

Select the move tool and press CTRL+T to activate free transform. Resize the text and place it in the center of the canvas.

Add text

Step 2: Split text

Go to ‘View > Guides > New guide layout‘. Create 2 rows. Make sure the gutter is 0 pixels.

Select the background layer and unlock it (click on the lock icon). Then select the rectangular marquee tool and select half of the photo. I select the top half, but you can also select the bottom half (you’ll then get the same effect, but reversed).

Select half of the photo

Press CTRL+SHIFT+J to cut the selected area in a new layer.

Then place this new layer above the text layer.


Right click on the top layer (layer 1) and select ‘create clipping mask‘.

Create a solid color layer. Make this layer the same color as the text (my text is white, so I make the solid color layer also white).

Then place the color fill layer below all the other layers.

Half photo half text

And that’s how you create this half photo – half text effect in Adobe Photoshop!

Half text half photo

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