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Creating text

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Creating text

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.

Creating text

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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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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