Add Texture to Type
This tip requires a paint program, and the KPT (Kai's Power Tool Plug-in filters) version 2 or 3 to accomplish.
First, create your text in the paint program. Make sure that your image is in RGB 24 bit color before you make any changes to it. In Photoshop 3, select Mode/RGB. In Photoshop 4, select Index/Mode/RGB. In PaintShop Pro, select Colors/Increase Color Depth/24 bit. You will want to change the colors to 24bit in order to use filters.
Create your text by selecting the Text Tool, and type out your text. Select OK to apply the text to your image.
Select the KPT Texture Explorer, and find a texture you like. The KPT Texture Explorer will be located on your Filters menu. You can simply apply the texture, or for more sophisticated effects, try experimenting with the different blending modes. In KPT 2.0, the blending modes are found under the Options button in the upper right hand corner of the interface. In KPT 3.0, the blending modes are found on the Glue menu.
You can also apply gradients from the KPT Gradient Designer in the same way, exploring the different ways that the gradients interact with the existing artwork.
To save the image as a gif file, in Photoshop 3 select Mode/Indexed, in Photoshop 4 select Image/Mode/Indexedand then save the file as a .gif file. In PaintShop Pro, select Colors/Decrease Color Depth, and select a color depth for the image. Then save the file as a .gif image.