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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili explores what you need to know to start using Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 to edit, organize, and share your photos.
The course begins with a look at how to import your photos into Elements, and then dives right into editing photos with the Photo Fix, Quick Edit, and Guided Edit workspaces. Jan also introduces the Expert Edit workspace, which provides tools for making selections, retouching, compositing, adding text, and more. Finally, the course reviews the Elements 11 sharing features, including crafting photo creations like greeting cards, emailing photos, and sharing photos on Facebook.
You can add editable text on top of an image in the Expert Edit workspace. Let's open this image to that workspace to see how the Type tools work. Here in the Expert Edit workspace I'm going to go to the Type tool in the toolbar and click there. That brings up the Horizontal Type tool options in the tool Options bar and turns my cursor into an I-beam, which means I'm about to add editable type. I'll click in the image and I'm going to type paris. Then I'll click the green checkmark to commit that change which is something you have to do whenever you're entering or editing text.
That automatically makes a new layer in the Layers panel, this is a special Type layer, you know that because it has this big T icon on it and the layer is automatically named with the text that I've typed. Entering text like that also automatically switches me from the Type tool to the Move tool because Elements figures that I want to move this Type layer into place. I'll do just that by clicking inside the move bounding box and dragging to wherever I want the text. Now let's say that I've returned to the photo on the background layer, I'm working with it and later I decide that I want to change something about that text, may be its font or its color or even what it says.
All I have to do is go to the toolbar and select the Horizontal Type tool again and then click anywhere inside of that text in the image, and that automatically switches me to the appropriate layer in the Layers panel and I'm ready to make a change. I need to select the letters that I want to change, that could be just one letter or all the text on this layer. I am going to click just to the right of the s, I don't want to get too far away but right here and then drag over the letters. I want to change the font so I'll come down to the tool Options bar, I'll go to the Font Family menu and I'll click the arrow to the right of that menu to see a list of all the available fonts on my system, you may have slightly different fonts.
You can choose any one that you want; I'm going to go with French Script since this photo is obviously taken in Paris. And then I click the green checkmark to commit that edit. Once again I'm switched to the Move tool and I could move the text as I did before wherever I wanted in the image. Now I am going to add another text layer, I'll get the Type tool again and I'll move into the image. I want to be sure I am not too close to the word paris, if I am my cursor loses that dotted outline, so I move down until I see the dotted outline around the cursor, meaning I am going to create a new layer.
I'll click and I'm going to type city and then I'll press Enter or Return on my keyboard to make a second line in this Type layer and I'll type of light and then I click the green checkmark. And that makes a second Type layer in the Layers panel labeled city of light. I'd like to make a change to all the text on this layer. Instead of having to select all that text as long as I have this city of light Type layer selected in the Layers panel and I get the Horizontal Type tool in the toolbar, I can just come down to the tool Options and make a change and it will affect that entire selected layer.
So I might change the color by clicking in the color field and choosing another color swatch. And then I'll click in a blank area of the Options bar to close the Swatches. I might change the font size menu and I'll choose a smaller font size. I can also change the spacing between the lines of type on this layer by going to the Leading field and making a choice there. And finally I'll choose a different alignment option to center these two lines of text one with the other.
Now what I'd like to do is center the city of light layer with the paris layer. I already have this city of light layer selected, so I'll hold the Shift key and I'll select the paris layer as well. There are some edits that you can do to multiple lines of type together; one of those is to align them using the Move tool options. So I get the Move tool in the toolbar and then down in the tool Options bar for the Move tool I'm going to click on the Middle option here to align these two layers by their horizontal centers. And then with the Move tool I click inside the bounding box and move both layers of type where I want them on this image.
I'll click off those layers to hide the bounding box. The real beauty of Type layers like these is that they remain editable, so that means that as long as I save this image in a format that honors layers like the PSD or Photoshop document format, I'll be able to comeback in the future and make any changes that I want to both Type layers.
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