# “negative” font overlayed with a photo

I would like to write some text in latex, then replace the black of the letters by a transparent layer, and overlay on top of a PDF photo. I could do it by exporting to photoshop, but I would like a latex-only solution. Thanks!

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Could you provide an example? How much text are we talking about, one word, a sentence, a whole paragraph? –  Jake Jul 13 '12 at 10:23
I don't really understand the question but if I interpreted right you want something like this: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/47024/… –  szantaii Jul 13 '12 at 11:15
@szantaii: I don't think that's what the OP wants: In the solution you linked to, a simple shape is used for clipping a block of text. The OP wants to use the shape of the letters to clip a photo, if I understand correctly. Maybe tex.stackexchange.com/a/58873/2552 can help –  Jake Jul 13 '12 at 12:04

Here's a solution with tikz using scope fading and tikzfadingfrompicture.

\documentclass{standalone}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{lmodern}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\node
[anchor=south west,text=transparent!0,text width=6cm,font=\bfseries\scriptsize]
{\lipsum[1]};

  Sweet!!   –  percusse Jul 13 '12 at 17:17