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You may print this out for your own personal use, but please do not rewrite, translate, e-mail out, offer any part of this on any other site, add to a CD, or claim this as your own. Your finished result is yours to do with as you please, including making tags and/or snags for others. You may offer your results wherever you wish, but you may not sell for profit. This tutorial was written by timber on March 29, 2006.
I'll use this background for my example.  It's a royalty-free image from stock.xchng.
Now for the text, I chose a chunky font to use.  I'm using Revenue size 72 (just so you can see the effect).

Although you can use floating text, I always use vector text, so I can manipulate it before I apply any effects.  Either one will work for this.

If you're using vector text, you'll need to select your text, and then convert the vector layer to a raster layer.

While your vector layer is active, go to Selections > From Vector Object (to select your text), and then to Layers > Convert to Raster Layer.

Now you want to make the background layer active and then press Ctrl+C (to copy).  We're copying just the selected area from the background layer.

Now make the Raster1 layer active again and paste your copied image into the selected area.

Edit > Paste > Paste Into Selection
Now I applied an inner bevel to the selection.  I used the inner bevel settings from Rachel's Glass Text Tutorial.

Just hop over there for the settings or use an inner bevel setting of your choice.
Then I applied the Eye Candy 3 Glass settings from the same tutorial by Rachel.

You don't need EC3 for this effect, but I like how it looks.
Now to make the text stand out more against the background, I added a slight halo around the letters.

While your Raster1 layer is still active, expand your selection by 2.

Selections > Modify > Expand  (Number of pixels=2)
Now add a layer below Raster1.

Make your background layer active and add a new raster layer.

Layers > New Raster Layer
Flood fill this layer (Raster2) with white (#ffffff) then deselect.
Now lower the opacity of Raster2 until you are satisfied with the look.  I've lowered mine to 40.

Alternatively, instead of lowering the opacity, you could apply a blur to the white layer (Raster2).  I've applied a gaussian blur of 2 here.

Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur  (Radius=2)
I'd love to see your results!
You can post them with the other member results HERE.
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