I would like to ask you, if you know how can I replicate text selection overlay effect.

I tried to Invert colours, and also adding another shape and selecting blending mode Difference. Here is an example of what i'm trying to achieve:

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The rectangle at the top has blending mode and the text beneath is just highlighted text - the effect I would like to achieve.

  • How do your own efforts fail?
    – Jongware
    Commented Mar 31, 2018 at 19:03
  • @usr2564301 as you can see on the link that I've provided, there is significant difference between my effort and desired effect.
    – Marek
    Commented Mar 31, 2018 at 19:10
  • Welcome to the site! I think you will get the answers you want if you provide a little more information. For example -- you refer to blending modes; do you need to use blending modes for a reason? Otherwise, have you had a problem just creating white type and a colored rectangle behind it?
    – user8356
    Commented Apr 2, 2018 at 12:59

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Your object must be white and the blend mode must be set to Difference:

White layer with difference blend mode.

  • that looks nice. Sorry, but I'm quite beginner. Would you be so kind and explain how did you add that color fill layer?
    – Marek
    Commented Apr 1, 2018 at 10:34
  • You can read about adjustment and fill layers in the manual. It doesn't have to be a "Color Fill Layer" though. Anything white will do! So just make a box like the one you already did, but make it white instead.
    – Wolff
    Commented Apr 1, 2018 at 13:58
  • Actually its not difference, its a inverse that has a discontinuity at 50% of intensity. In this case its same as difference but not with all backgrounds see this near duplicate. So its not allways really trivial
    – joojaa
    Commented Apr 1, 2018 at 17:03
  • @joojaa, that is geeky! And cool. But it might be overkill in this case?
    – Wolff
    Commented Apr 1, 2018 at 17:06
  • Yes but just so people know that its not necessarily so simple
    – joojaa
    Commented Apr 1, 2018 at 17:08

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