Highlight a text line, dim background

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  1. rob40wilson03

    rob40wilson03 TPF Noob!

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    To be honest this isnt all that photography-related, but if somebody could help me that would be great.

    I'm moderately experienced with Photoshop, but I have no idea how to do this....

    I want to take a screen-grab of several lines of text and select one line to highlight and dim the rest of the image... as is often done on TV when a whole print document is displayed and they want you to read one line

    I feel like this would be very simple, but I just dont know a good way to do it.

    Thanks in advance
     
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    Load the screen grab into photoshop. Duplicate the layer. Use curves to dim the image. Add a layer mask and paint with black to reveal the text. Hold down the shift key when painting to paint in a straight line. As always there are other ways to do this in photoshop, but this is a quick easy way.
     
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    Another way (as dkf10425 said, there are many ways!) is:

    1. Use rectangle selection tool, and select text
    2. Invert selection (ctrl+I)
    3. Create new layer
    4. Fill the selection (Fill/Bucket tool) with black (on the new layer!!!)
    5. Change opacity of the new layer to what you want :)

    It could also be cool to blur some of the text you dont want...
     
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  4. Apex

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    You could have it stick out even more by adding a drop shadow to the layer with the text on it.
     

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