Photoshop: Question on Text for screen printed shirt design

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Hi All! 

I have been assigned a project to make a graphic t-shirt for my company, and this is the first time I have done any t-shirt design. 

I have a white t-shirt with a graphic image but on the graphic image I would like the text "Splash" to be on that. Ideally I want it to be somewhat cut out of the graphic, not just the text or a textbox (I know how to do that). I am wanting it to be cut out of the image I have where it is like t-shirt material showing through, not actual white text. 

Attached is the image that I am trying to use and what one of the inspiration pieces are! (I like the text but not white font, just cut out) 





Any help would be great!
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Alex Furer

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Unless I totally misunderstand you, I think if you put white text on the image, printing will not print anything there and thereby the shirt material should be visible. Just if you'd print to paper. White will not print anything and the paper color will show in those areas.

Or are you saying that you want to print text onto an shirt with a picture already printed on the shirt?
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Camden Pilger

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This is true! But I am going through 2 layers to get to the white t-shirt, not just one 
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Alex Furer

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I guess you will merge the image that you print. So if there's only 100% white where the font is, it will print nothing i.e. leave the shirt untouched. Unless you rubberize the print and white rubber will be printed onto the shirt where there's white in your design.

Try creating your design and then print it onto a color sheet with your printer. Where you will see 100% plain paper color is where you will see the shirt texture.

Or, again, are you going to add your own design onto an existing shirt which has already been printed on?
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You want the blending option called "Knockout": https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/knockout-reveal-content-layers.html

Keep your t-shirt background at the bottom layer, then group your design and text layers together with the text layer on top.
Next, set the "Fill" of the text layer to be 0%.
Finally, go to the layer blending options and change the dropdown called "knockout" to be "Shallow".

That will apply the "Fill" setting to all the layers under your text's pixels within that same group. To knock out all the way through everything (either to the Background or transparent), you choose the "Deep" option.