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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
You can add editable text to any image in Elements. You have control over the type font, the size, the color and more when you're working in Full Edit Mode. I'm going to add some text on top of this talk bubble, which is a special shape that I created in an earlier movie. Because I want the type to come in on top of the talk bubble, the first step is to go to the Layers panel and click on the talk bubble shape layer. Then I'll go over to the toolbar, and I'm going to click on the T, which represents the Type tools. Those I use most often are the Horizontal Type tool and the Vertical Type tool.
I seldom use either of the Type Mask tools, because they don't create editable type like the Type tools do. I'm going to select the Horizontal Type tool and then I'll go up to the Options bar to set the options for the text I'm going to type. To set the font I'll click the arrow to the right of the Font field. That brings up this long menu of available fonts with a sample of how each one will look on the right. I'm going to stick with the default font. Mine is Myriad Pro. The next field is the Type Style menu. Depending on which font I've selected I'll have different choices in this menu.
Myriad Pro comes with a number of different styles, Condensed, Regular, Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic. I'm going to leave this set to Regular. Next is the Font Size. This is measured in points by default. I'll leave it at its default of 12 points for now. And I'll click in a blank area of the Options bar to close that menu. I am not going to click on the next icon, which is already enabled. This is the Anti-aliasing icon. I always leave this on, because it keeps the edges of my text smooth.
The next four buttons are only available after I've created type. I can use these to change text to uppercase, to italic, to underline it, or to strike-through. I'll click the arrow to the right of the next icon, which is the Align icon. If I have multiple lines of text in the same layer ,this setting controls how those lines of text will be aligned one to the other by their left sides, their right sides, or their center. I'm going to Left Align the text I'm about to type. From the next field I can change the Leading or the space between lines of type.
I'll leave this set to Auto for now too. And I'll go to the Color field. I'll click the arrow to the right of the Color field and I can choose a color for my type from the swatches, or I could click More Colors to open the color picker to choose a color there. I'll leave this set to black, but I do want to remind you that you need to choose a color that is not the same as the background on top of which you are typing, or you won't see the text. So here I'm going to type on this baize with black so there would a plenty of contrast between the text and its background. These next fields, the Warp Text field I'll talk about in a later movie in this chapter.
And this field allows me to convert horizontal text to vertical after I've created the text and vice versa. And finally, there is a Style menu. If I wanted to I could choose from the various layer styles available in Elements, which I covered in an earlier movie, to have my text come in with that layer style applied to it. But for now I'll leave that set to No Style at all, and I'll click in the blank area of the Options bar a couple times to close those menus. Finally, it's time to create my text. I'll move my cursor over the image and notice that it looks like an eye beam.
If I click with that eye beam the cursor starts blinking, and that means I can start typing. So I'm going to type 'Howdy from,' and then I'm going to press the Enter key on my keyboard to start a new line, and I'll type 'Denver, Colorado.' The text has a black underline underneath it because I haven't yet committed this type. Whenever I add text or edit text, I have to commit it. And to do that I'm going to go up to the Options bar for the Type tool and click this green checkmark, and that removes the black line and commits the type.
Over in the Layers panel there is now a brand-new layer and it's a special kind of layer, a type layer, identified by the special T icon. A type layer is different from a regular layer because it's vector-based and because it remains editable. So if I save the file in a format that retains layers like the .PSD or Photoshop Document format, I'll be able to reopen the file at any time and edit this type. In the next movie, I'll show you that you can edit any of the type characteristics, such as the Font Style or the Font Size as well as the content of a type layer at anytime.
With this type later selected, I'm going to go over to the toolbar and I'm going to select the Move tool. That puts this bounding box with anchor points around the text. I can use the anchor points on the bounding box to make the text bigger if I want by clicking or dragging on one of those anchor points like this. I could rotate the text by moving my mouse over this small circle and dragging, and I can move the text by clicking inside the bounding box and dragging. When I'm done with those changes I can click the green checkmark to commit the changes.
And if I move to another tool in the toolbar or if I move to another layer in the Layers panel, the bounding box will go away. So that's how to create an editable type layer in Elements. In the next movie, I'll show you how you can edit this Type.
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