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Adding text to images

From: Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Adding text to images

You can add editable text on top of a photo in the Full Photo Edit workspace using the Type tools, and in Photoshop Elements 10, there are some exciting new Type tools that let you add text around a selection, around a shape, or on a custom path. In this movie, I'll introduce some of the basic Type features, and I'll show you one of the new Type tools: the Text on Selection tool. I am going to start with the Horizontal Type tool to add some type to this photo. I'll move into the image, and I'll click, and I'll type something. When I'm done adding text, I have to go up to the options bar for the Type tool and click the green check mark to commit that change, or if I don't want that change, I'd click the red cancel symbol. I'll click the green check mark.

Adding text to images

You can add editable text on top of a photo in the Full Photo Edit workspace using the Type tools, and in Photoshop Elements 10, there are some exciting new Type tools that let you add text around a selection, around a shape, or on a custom path. In this movie, I'll introduce some of the basic Type features, and I'll show you one of the new Type tools: the Text on Selection tool. I am going to start with the Horizontal Type tool to add some type to this photo. I'll move into the image, and I'll click, and I'll type something. When I'm done adding text, I have to go up to the options bar for the Type tool and click the green check mark to commit that change, or if I don't want that change, I'd click the red cancel symbol. I'll click the green check mark.

Notice over in the Layers panel that there's now a new layer that was made automatically. This is a special type layer identified by the T on the thumbnail. In some ways a type layer is like other layers. So, for example, I can move the content of this layer without disturbing the rest of the image by making sure the type layer is selected, and then going over to the toolbar and getting the Move tool, and clicking on the type and dragging elsewhere in the photo. But in another important way, a type layer is different. A type layer remains editable. So even if I'm working on a different layer, like this one, I can always come back to this type layer to change the way the type looks.

To edit a type layer, I'll select it here in the Layers panel, I'll go to the toolbar, I'll get one of the Type tools, and then I'll move into the image, and I'll put my cursor right next to the type. I don't want to be this far away from the type, because notice when I am there's a dotted line around the cursor, and that means that Elements is going to create a new type layer. But I want to edit the type on the existing layer, so I'll move right next to it until that dotted line disappears. Then I'll click and drag over all or part of the text on this layer. With the text highlighted, I can come up to the options bar and change the way the text looks.

I might change the size of the type by clicking the arrow to the right of this menu, and choosing a different point size, and right away you can see that change in the Document window. I can choose a different font by clicking the arrow next to the Font field. Here is a list of all the fonts available to me on my computer; you may have different fonts on your computer. To the right of each font, you can see a sample of what the font looks like, which is very helpful. I'll choose this one, and that changes the font of this type. I can also change the color of the type by going to this menu, clicking the arrow to the right of it, and clicking on one of these other color chips.

When I'm done making changes to the type, I have to click the green check mark to commit those changes. So those are the basics of creating and editing type in the Full Photo Edit workspace. Now let's take a look at one of those new tools; the Text on Selection tool. To use that I'll go over to the toolbar, I'll click on the Type tool slot, and from this menu I'm going to choose Text on Selection tool. With this tool, I can select part of a photo based on color and tone, and then I can type along the edge of that selection. This tool works similar to the Quick Selection tool, which I showed you in an earlier movie.

The first important thing to do is to go back to the Layers panel and click on a layer that has a photo, like this Background layer. Then I'll move into the image, and I'm going to click and drag over this yellow basket with the tool, and the tool selects the basket based on its color and tone and it's even able to recognize the edge of the basket, so it can make a quick, accurate selection like that. If I go too far, and I select something I don't want to include, like this gray area, I can go up to the options bar for the Text on Selection tool, and click on the Subtract from selection icon.

Then I'll come into the image, and I'll drag over the area that I don't want to include in my selection. I can also expand or contract the selection by using this Offset slider. So if I pull that way over to the right, that expands the selection out. I am going to put that back to about the middle. Now there is another important step. When I'm happy with my selection, I have to come back down into the image and click the green check mark to accept it. Notice that that changed the marching ants of the selection to a solid line that's a path. I can type right along this path with the Text on Selection tool still selected in the toolbar.

By moving over that path, my cursor changes to an I-beam, and I'll click there, and I'll start typing. When I'm done, I'll go up to the options bar, and I'll click the green check mark, and that commits that text. To make that path disappear, I'll go back to the Layers panel and I'll click on a different layer. So there's my Text on a Selection. Even after I've committed Text on a Selection, I can go back in and change the way it looks. Here's my new text on selection layer that was made automatically. I'll select that, and with any of the Type tools selected, I can go in and click and drag over part of the text, and make a change to it up in the options bar.

So I'll change the color of this text, and click the green check mark. I can also change the shape of the text by going to the Image menu, and choosing Transform Shape, and choosing Free Transform Shape. Then I can click on any of the anchor points on the bounding box that appears in the image, and drag those to change the shape of the path on which I typed. When I click the green check mark, the shape of the text changes too. Then I'll click off of that layer to hide that path. As you've seen, the great thing about type in the Full Photo Edit workspace is that it remains editable.

So as long as I save this file in a format that retains layers, like the PSD format, I can always come back in, select a type layer, and change the way the type on that layer looks.

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