If you have ever tried to add text to a layout and found that some of the text faded or disappeared because it blended into the same colors that was under it, then this tutorial is for you.
1. Grab a background, preferably one that is striped or has a pattern.
I chose a paper from Dae Design's kit, "Pumpkin Spice"
2. Make your foreground color a medium gray.
Add some Text. Since we are going to be using the layer blend mode, "Difference" I typed that word really big across the page.
3. Change the Text layer blend mode to Difference.
Then press the Esc key or Enter key to accept the blend mode.
4. Next we will add some color to the text.
Click on the half circle icon at the bottom of the layers palette.
And choose Hue/Saturation.
FYI: When you use gray text, all the other colors work well with the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. Experiment with other colors too.
5. Click on the Colorize option. And adjust the sliders to a color that you desire.
6. We need to "clip" the the Hue/Sat adjustment layer to the text layer so that it only effects the text and not any other layer.
From the top menu, click on Layer/Create Clipping mask.
7. Move the text around and watch how it changes color. You can go back to the Hue/Sat adjustment layer and change colors if you didn't get the results you like.
8. To make the color stand out better, add the Levels adjustment layer with the same step as #4.
9. Adjust the left slider to the right past any "peaks" and the right slider to the left past any peaks. Leave the middle slider at 1.00
10. Clip the Levels adjustment layer by repeating step #6.
Here's my finished sample: