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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image editing application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements 8, along with its companion program, Bridge CS4, to organize and edit photos, build projects like web galleries and photo collages, and share photos with family and friends. Jan 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 Font, the Size, the Color and more, when you create text in Elements. Here's how to do it. I'd like to add some text on top of this talk bubble, which is on a special shape layer that I created in an earlier movie. Because I want the type to come in on top of the talk bubble, I'm going to select the Talk Bubble Shape layer in the Layers panel, and then I'll go over to the toolbar, and I am going to select one of the Type tools from behind this T icon. I'm going to choose the Horizontal Type tool.
There's also a Vertical Type tool, and then there are two Type Mask tools, which you'll hardly ever use. I'll come into image and I'll click on top of the Talk Bubble, and before I start typing, I'm going to go up to set the options for my text. And those are up here in the Type tool Options bar. To set the Font, I'll click the arrow to the right of the Font field, and that brings up this long menu of available fonts. Notice that to the right of each font name, there is a sample of what that font looks like. I am going to stick with the default font here, Myriad Pro, but you can choose any font you want on your computer.
Next, I'll go to the Font Style field clicking the arrow there. Depending on which font you have selected, you may have different choices in this menu, but from here you can choose styles like Italic, Bold and more, if your font has these options. I am going to leave mine set to Regular. Next, I'll come into the important Font Size Field. The font is measured in points by default, I am going to choose around 30 points, because I have actually tested this before, but you never really know what size to start with until after you type a little bit and then you can always come back in and change the font size of letters that you have typed, if you need to.
There are more options here in the Options bar. This is Anti-alias button, I usually leave this enabled, unless I'm creating very small type for use on a website. Anti-aliasing helps to smooth the edges of the type. Then there are some word processing style buttons. A Faux Bold button that you can use with a font that doesn't have a Bold style, a Faux Italic button for the same purpose, a Text Underlining button and a Text Strike through button and then there is an Alignment icon here. I'll the arrow to the right of alignment, and from this menu, I can choose the way that I want multiple lines of text to align, either by their Left sides, their Centers or their Right sides.
I'll leave this set to the default of Center Text. Next is a menu from which you can set the leading or the space between lines of text. I usually leave this set to Auto, unless I'm doing some special typesetting effect. Next is the Type Color field. I'll click there, and I can either choose a color of type from the swatches here or I can click more colors to open the Color Picker and choose a color from there and click OK. The next button is for Warping Text, a subject that I'll cover in another movie in this chapter.
And this button is for converting between Horizontal and Vertical text. Now that I have set up my options, I have the blinking cursor ready to go, and I'm going to type something. I'll type 'Howdy from', and then I'll press the Return key on my keyboard, and I'll type 'Denver, Colorado'. And I'll click the green checkmark to commit my type edit, something that you always have to do when you create or edit type. Now, I am going to get the Move Tool in the toolbar, and click inside that type and drag it into place on top of the talk bubble.
Now obviously, I need to do a little editing on this text, maybe changing its Size, Rotating it, Changing its Color and more. But I just wanted to show you at this point how to create text, and in the next movie, I'll show you how to edit it. What's important about Type in Photoshop is that it always comes in on a separate layer that's made automatically for you, and it's a special text layer, a layer that remains editable even after you save, close, and reopen the file, as long as you saved it in a format that recognizes layers, like the PSD or Photoshop document format.
So, at this point, I might save this file, and I would be sure to do it in a layer-honoring format like PSD, rather than in JPEG format, which is a format that flattens all the layers, and that wouldn't retain my Editable Type layer for me to work on again.
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