What are some simple, creative techniques for altering text with my graphics software?

The easiest way to add some interest to your text, no matter what software package you’re using, is to use the envelope tool. This will give you predetermined arches, arcs, and other shapes with which to work.

In Photoshop there is “Layer Styles,” which really adds an extra dimension to the look of your artwork. You can add a drop shadow, texture, or bevel and emboss the text literally with the click of a button. These features are easy to use and extremely powerful on the end product.

   —Great Dane Graphics

Dane Clement

Dane Clement

Great Dane Graphics

Dane Clement, president of Great Dane Graphics and vice president of Art and Creative Process for GroupeSTAHL, is well-known for his art expertise in computer graphics for various garment decoration techniques. He has been speaking and writing for the decorated apparel industry since 1995, and has authored artwork training books for various decoration methods such as Artwork for Vinyl Cutting, Artwork for DTG Printing, Artwork for White Toner Transfers, and T-shirt Artwork Simplified for Adobe and Corel users. For more information visit

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