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I am trying to make that type of poster for my science project but i can't find any tutorials related to it.

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"How to make that poster" is a little bit too broad of a question. Perhaps you could narrow down which aspect you're struggling with? – JohnB Jan 24 '13 at 9:56
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There's quite a few ways to do that. Here's how I'd probably go about it.

Create your text, then convert them to shapes.

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Merge the shape layers.

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Select the rectangle shape tool, hold shift and draw a rectangle that's bigger than the canvas. Change it to Exclude Overlapping Shapes (just for the rectangle path).

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You now have a shape layer that masks the non-text portion of the image, so you can change it to black (or any colour). Simply place your images or anything else below that layer and it'll appear inside the text.

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Another method for achieving something like this would be to use a clipping mask. Depending on exactly what you're after, you may even be able to leave the text editable. Actually, you could convert all the text layers to a Smart Object and use a clipping mask for the images on top. It really depends what you're trying to do and what your criteria is (if the image needs to be scalable to bigger sizes without quality loss).

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Hmm, I always went with selecting the text via the layer window (cmd + click on the thumbnail), inversing the selection and then applying the selection as a layer mask to the background layer (which is obviously above the pictures I want to appear inside the text). But for this kind of thing I think clipping masks might be the best and easiest way to go. Thanks! – gburning Jan 24 '13 at 11:37
Command-click definitely works, but results in a bitmap selection, making future edits a little harder and lossless scaling impossible, which is why I've kept the example above as vector shapes... which may not matter, depending on the application. – Marc Edwards Jan 24 '13 at 13:18
Yeah, that's true. This is much better. – gburning Jan 24 '13 at 13:41
note that the poster seems to have different content showing through each letter, this implies each individual letter was a mask for an individual image. – horatio Jan 24 '13 at 15:13

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