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Creating text on a selection

From: Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training

Video: Creating text on a selection

One of the new Type tools in Elements 10 is the Text on Selection tool. With this tool, you can bend and wrap text around any object you can select in a photograph, so it's perfect for scrapbookers, designers, and photographers. I have already used the tool on the word on the right; the word SHELTER, and you can see there is a type layer in the Layers panel for that word. I'm going to create a new type layer using the Text on Selection tool, and add a word to the left side of this archway. I will select the Text on Selection tool from the flyout menu of Type tools.

Creating text on a selection

One of the new Type tools in Elements 10 is the Text on Selection tool. With this tool, you can bend and wrap text around any object you can select in a photograph, so it's perfect for scrapbookers, designers, and photographers. I have already used the tool on the word on the right; the word SHELTER, and you can see there is a type layer in the Layers panel for that word. I'm going to create a new type layer using the Text on Selection tool, and add a word to the left side of this archway. I will select the Text on Selection tool from the flyout menu of Type tools.

At first, this tool works like the Quick Selection brush. I can use it to select an area of a photograph based on color and tone by clicking and dragging with the tool. If I select too much, I can choose the Subtract from Selection option, and then come back into the image, and drag over the area that I don't want to include in the selection. And here's something that you might miss: when you're done making a selection with this tool, you need to find this floating options bar, and click the green check mark.

When I do that, my selection is converted into a path, and its this path that's going to bend my text for me. Before I add some text to the path, I'm going to choose a couple of options for how the text is going to look up in the options bar for the Text on Selection tool. I'll choose a font; I'm going to choose this one, but you can choose any font that you like. I will leave the style of this font at Regular, I'll choose a font size, and I'll leave the color at black for now. Then I'm going to move over this path, and notice that my cursor changes from a round brush tip, to an I-beam with a diagonal line in it, which indicates that I'm right over that path, and that if I click, I can start typing text.

So now I'm going to type a word. Notice that the word wraps around the selection. Obviously I don't want it like that, but I will fix that in a moment. As is always the case when you add text, I need to commit the text. So I will go up to the Options bar, and I will click this green check mark. Now I not only want to reposition the text; I also want to change its appearance to match the word shelter on the other side. So I need to change its size, and its color, and add a style to it. I could use whatever options there are for the Text on Selection tool up here in the Options bar, but there are more options for other Type tools, and I can use any Type tool to do this.

Notice that there's now a new type layer in the Layers panel for the new word I just created; TORNADO. With that type layer selected, I will go over to the toolbar, and I will select the Horizontal Type tool. And now any change that I make in the Options bar will affect all the text on the selected layer, just as it always does when you're editing a whole layer full of type. Here, I'm going to change the font size to 30 points. I will change the color by clicking the arrow to the right of the Color option, and I will move down to one of these color chips -- this burnt orange color -- and select that.

If you don't see all the color chips, then drag your color picker by the right bottom corner to make it longer. I will close the color picker by clicking in the Options bar. And now I want to add a style to this text, so I will click the arrow to the right of the Style field here. The first styles that I see are bevel styles. If you don't see those, go to the double arrows on the right of this style picker, and choose Bevels. I'm going to select this Simple Pillow Emboss by clicking on it, and that applies it to the text on the TORNADO layer. I will close the style picker by clicking in a blank area of the Options bar.

Now all that's left to do is move this line of text over a bit along the path. I'm going to zoom in, so you can see that better, by clicking with the Zoom tool. And I'm going to use another tool to move the text along the path. That tool is called the Shape Selection tool, and it's in this flyout menu of Shape tools near the bottom of the toolbar. With this tool, I will move over to path, and I'm going to click on that small circle that you see right there at the beginning of my text. I will click and drag toward the left, and that moves that little circle.

The little circle indicates the end of where I could add text on this path. When I move the circle away, I can see that there is an X here on the path, and that X represents the beginning of my text on this path. So now that I've moved that circle, I can click on this X, and move it down, and to the left as well, bringing the text with me. So this is how you move text around on a path. If I want to go back in the other direction, I could do that by pushing up, and to the right. I will leave it just about there to match the other side.

Now, you do want to be careful, when you're using this arrow tool, not to drag toward the inside of your selection like this, because then the text can fall inside the selection. So I will drag back toward the outside of the selection, and I'll position that text just where I want it on the path. When I'm done doing all that, I have to commit those changes by going up to the Options bar, and clicking the green check mark. There is one more thing I want to do. I want to move this layer of text down on top of the arch, rather than have it up here outside of the arch.

So I'm going to get my Move tool, and then drag down into the arch. Now the text needs a little bit of reshaping, so that it matches the curve of the arch. So I'm going to move my cursor over one of the corner anchor points of the bounding box, and click, and that brings up these options in the Options bar. I'm going to uncheck Constrain Proportions, and now I can click and drag on any of the anchor points of this bounding box to change the shape of this text.

When I have got it the way I want it, so it's following the arch, I will click the check mark. And now I am done, so I am going to zoom out so that you can see this better, and there is my new layer of type created with the Text on Selection tool. Now, if you're working with an image that doesn't have an object around which you want to bend text, you can create a shape, and bend text around that, and that's what I am going to show you how to do in the next movie.

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Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training

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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 41s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 29s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 26s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 28s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 29m 59s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 7s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 14s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 12s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 43s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 17s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 34s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye

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