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Creating text

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Creating text

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.

Creating text

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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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

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  1. 10m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 35s
    3. Launching the Welcome screen
      3m 12s
    4. Touring Elements
      4m 20s
  2. 29m 45s
    1. Working with catalogs
      3m 16s
    2. Getting photos from your hard drive
      2m 49s
    3. Changing thumbnail display options
      4m 35s
    4. Getting photos from a camera or card
      9m 43s
    5. Getting photos from a CD/DVD or an external drive
      4m 46s
    6. Getting photos from a scanner
      4m 36s
  3. 43m 15s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 44s
    2. Viewing photos
      5m 11s
    3. Selecting photos
      2m 58s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 39s
    5. Renaming photos
      2m 7s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      2m 0s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      5m 24s
    8. Stacking photos
      8m 9s
    9. Moving files
      4m 43s
    10. Backing up catalogs
      4m 20s
  4. 52m 4s
    1. Applying keyword tags
      8m 33s
    2. Finding photos by keyword tags
      3m 41s
    3. Finding photos with the Keyword Tag Cloud
      1m 56s
    4. Applying Smart Tags
      4m 29s
    5. Automatically tagging people in photos
      7m 54s
    6. Applying star ratings
      2m 48s
    7. Organizing photos in albums
      4m 10s
    8. Organizing photos in Smart Albums
      6m 44s
    9. Finding photos with Text Search
      4m 31s
    10. Finding photos from the Find menu
      5m 10s
    11. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 8s
  5. 29m 18s
    1. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      11m 12s
    2. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 10s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 22s
    4. Using Date View
      3m 41s
    5. Mapping photos
      4m 53s
  6. 56m 46s
    1. Applying Photo Fix options in the Organizer
      8m 22s
    2. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      6m 12s
    3. Applying Quick Fix controls
      11m 10s
    4. Using Quick Fix tools
      11m 2s
    5. Working in Guided Edit in the Editor
      4m 45s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      5m 57s
    7. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      9m 18s
  7. 1h 12m
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      5m 5s
    2. Opening files in Full Edit
      2m 13s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 57s
    4. Using tools
      6m 11s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      4m 22s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 18s
    7. Using Undo History
      5m 56s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 30s
    9. Creating a blank file
      5m 58s
    10. Photo resizing and resolution
      9m 59s
    11. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 8s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 49s
    13. Saving files
      7m 47s
  8. 17m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 28s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      4m 51s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      9m 17s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Understanding selections
      2m 27s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 6s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 27s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 54s
  10. 1h 0m
    1. Cropping and straightening
      3m 49s
    2. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      2m 54s
    3. Applying adjustment layers
      7m 53s
    4. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    5. Merging multiple exposures
      6m 33s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 54s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      3m 39s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 21s
    9. Correcting skin tone
      2m 34s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      4m 4s
    11. Sharpening photos
      7m 42s
    12. Working with raw photos
      9m 52s
  11. 24m 50s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      7m 52s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      4m 26s
    3. Dodging and burning
      2m 18s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      5m 17s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 41s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 16s
  12. 31m 3s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 8s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 16s
    3. Running automated actions
      1m 51s
    4. Using layer styles
      6m 6s
    5. Using shapes
      8m 12s
    6. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      3m 13s
    7. Converting color to black and white
      3m 17s
  13. 9m 29s
    1. Creating text
      5m 8s
    2. Editing text
      2m 59s
    3. Warping text
      1m 22s
  14. 38m 50s
    1. Making a photo book
      8m 26s
    2. Making a photo collage
      9m 0s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      11m 25s
    4. Stitching a photo panorama
      4m 3s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      5m 56s
  15. 33m 54s
    1. Printing photos
      2m 58s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages
      4m 58s
    3. Sending photos by email and Photo Mail
      5m 57s
    4. Burning photos to CD/DVD
      1m 17s
    5. Ordering prints and books
      1m 59s
    6. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 15s
    7. Sharing photos online at Photoshop.com
      7m 40s
    8. Backing up and synchronizing online
      3m 40s
    9. Getting inspiration from Adobe.com
      2m 10s
  16. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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