Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training
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Creating text


Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

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Video: Creating text

Here in the Full Edit workspace you can add Type to an image. The Type will come in on its own layer and you'll be able to come back and edit that layer at any time as long as you save the image in a format that retains layers like the .psd format. I'm going to click on this T icon in the toolbar and from the flyout menu, I'll select either the Horizontal Type tool to make horizontal type or the Vertical Type tool to make vertical type. I'll choose the Horizontal Type tool and then I'll come into the image and I'll click with the cursor which looks like an I-beam.
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  1. 11m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      3m 47s
    3. Touring the workspaces
      5m 55s
  2. 54m 16s
    1. Working with catalogs
      5m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      5m 13s
    3. Importing files from your computer
      7m 31s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      8m 57s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      4m 44s
    6. Importing files from external drives/CDs/DVDs
      4m 44s
    7. Scanning photos
      6m 50s
    8. Dividing scanned photos
      5m 51s
    9. Importing from watch folders (Windows only)
      5m 4s
  3. 39m 10s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      6m 41s
    2. Viewing thumbnails
      6m 15s
    3. Rotating photos
    4. Renaming photos
      2m 55s
    5. Fixing photo dates
      2m 28s
    6. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 6s
    7. Stacking photos
      4m 22s
    8. Moving files
      2m 43s
    9. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 53s
    10. Using Help
      3m 55s
  4. 54m 22s
    1. Rating photos
      3m 58s
    2. Applying and organizing keyword tags
      7m 4s
    3. Searching by keyword tags
      3m 35s
    4. Tagging with People Recognition
      11m 3s
    5. Using Smart Tags
      5m 57s
    6. Creating albums
      4m 41s
    7. Creating Smart Albums
      6m 28s
    8. Searching by text
      5m 28s
    9. Using the Find menu
      4m 19s
    10. Using the Timeline
      1m 49s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 21s
    2. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      9m 20s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 56s
    4. Viewing by date
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping photos (Windows only)
      7m 19s
  6. 38m 36s
    1. Applying Photo Fix
      9m 0s
    2. The Quick Fix interface
      7m 9s
    3. The Quick Fix controls
      5m 22s
    4. Adjusting lighting in Quick Fix
      3m 46s
    5. Adjusting color in Quick Fix
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Touch Up tools in Quick Fix
      7m 40s
  7. 43m 43s
    1. Guided Edit basics
      8m 13s
    2. Making an Out of Bounds image
      10m 17s
    3. Perfecting a portrait
      7m 43s
    4. Adding realistic reflections
      5m 26s
    5. Applying a LOMO camera effect
      2m 0s
    6. Making pop art
      1m 31s
    7. Using Style Match
      8m 33s
  8. 1h 20m
    1. Full Edit workspace overview
      6m 51s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 51s
    3. Using tools
      7m 40s
    4. Arranging panels
      5m 18s
    5. Setting preferences
      3m 41s
    6. Using Undo History
      6m 39s
    7. Zooming and navigating
      7m 4s
    8. Creating a blank file
      5m 19s
    9. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 9s
    10. Cropping and straightening photos
      7m 15s
    11. Recomposing photos
      8m 15s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 27s
    13. Saving and formats
      5m 46s
  9. 35m 4s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 17s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    3. Using layer masks
      7m 43s
    4. Using layer masks to combine images
      6m 27s
    5. Building composites
      8m 16s
  10. 20m 58s
    1. Selection basics
      3m 22s
    2. Manual selection tools
      3m 19s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      7m 24s
    4. Refining selection edges
      3m 30s
    5. Saving selections
      3m 23s
  11. 1h 21m
    1. Color managing
      7m 14s
    2. Applying Shadow/Highlight adjustments
      2m 42s
    3. Using adjustment layers
      8m 24s
    4. Masking adjustment layers
      7m 38s
    5. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      6m 8s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 56s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 14s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 37s
    9. Reducing digital noise
      4m 7s
    10. Sharpening photos
      7m 32s
    11. Processing multiple files
      7m 59s
    12. Working with raw photos
      15m 57s
  12. 18m 34s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tools
      6m 16s
    2. Dodging and burning
      2m 29s
    3. Retouching blemishes
      4m 29s
    4. Content-aware healing
      2m 31s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      2m 49s
  13. 25m 53s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 36s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 34s
    3. Using layer styles
      7m 23s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 19s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
  14. 11m 25s
    1. Creating text
      7m 1s
    2. Editing text
      4m 24s
  15. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a photo collage
      8m 38s
    2. Fine-tuning a photo collage
      8m 3s
    3. Creating greeting cards
      8m 34s
    4. Creating photo calendars
      9m 28s
    5. Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels
      7m 43s
    6. Creating a photo book
      7m 44s
    7. Fine-tuning a photo book
      7m 11s
    8. Creating a slideshow (Windows only)
      8m 0s
    9. Fine-tuning a slideshow (Windows only)
      3m 23s
    10. Creating a flip book (Windows only)
      2m 47s
    11. End to end: Making a scrapbook page
      8m 15s
    12. End to end: Completing a scrapbook page
      5m 24s
  16. 49m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 38s
    2. Contact sheets and picture packages (Windows only)
      6m 40s
    3. Sharing photos by email
      6m 38s
    4. Sharing photos by Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 8s
    5. Sharing to Flickr and Facebook
      4m 43s
    6. Saving images for the web
      6m 48s
    7. Signing up for
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye

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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Downloading files from a digital camera
  • Importing photos into an Elements catalog
  • Applying keyword tags
  • Organizing photos into albums and Smart Albums
  • Automatically adjusting photos in Quick Fix
  • Walking through Guided Edit photo techniques
  • Understanding photo resizing and resolution
  • Cropping and straightening photos
  • Making and refining selections
  • Correcting photos in the Full Edit workspace
  • Applying image sharpening
  • Adding text and special effects
  • Creating photo projects, such as greeting cards and calendars
Photoshop Elements Elements
Jan Kabili

Creating text

Here in the Full Edit workspace you can add Type to an image. The Type will come in on its own layer and you'll be able to come back and edit that layer at any time as long as you save the image in a format that retains layers like the .psd format. I'm going to click on this T icon in the toolbar and from the flyout menu, I'll select either the Horizontal Type tool to make horizontal type or the Vertical Type tool to make vertical type. I'll choose the Horizontal Type tool and then I'll come into the image and I'll click with the cursor which looks like an I-beam.

At that point the cursor will start blinking and that indicates that I can start typing. But before I do I'm going to come up to the options bar and make some choices about what kind of Font and Font Size and other font characteristics I want to use. I am going to click the arrow to the left of the first field and that opens this large menu that shows me all of the font choices that I have. You may have different fonts in your computer than I do so you can use any font that you like. I'm going to stick with the default font, Myriad Pro.

What I really like about this list is that it shows a sample of each one of the fonts, so that you can anticipate what the font is going to look like in your document. The next field is the Font Style field. Different fonts come with different styles and some may have none. The front I've chosen has all of these different styles. I'll choose the Italic style. If you happen to choose a font that doesn't have a style that you want, you can come over to this area where there is a faux Bold and a faux Italic style that you can use instead.

There is also an Underline style and a Strike Through style here. I am not going to use any of those right now but they often come in handy. Next I'll go to the Font Size field. By default, Font Size is measured in points. Initially, it's a guess as to which Font Size, so I usually go with the bigger font just to make sure that I'll be able to see it in the document because I can always edit it later. So I'm going to go down to about 36 pts in this case and notice that when I increased from the default of 12 pts to 36 pts, the height of my blinking cursor increased.

The next field is Anti-Aliasing. Anti-Aliasing is on by default for the Type tool and I usually leave it on. What Anti-Aliasing does is soften the edges of the letters a little bit so that they blend in better with any background. The only time that I'll disable Anti-Aliasing is if I'm creating very small type for a web site for example. I'm going to skip over these icons that I already mentioned to this menu. Here, I can choose how multiple lines of text will be aligned to each other. I am going to choose Left Align Text.

In the next field, I can set the leading or the space between lines of type. I usually leave this set to Auto initially because I can always edit the amount of leading between the lines of type later after I've created the type. In the next field I'll choose a color for my type. I want to be sure to choose a color that's going to show up against the background, certainly black is not that color. I click the arrow to the right of this field to open a Swatch picker and from here I can choose one of these preset colors or I could click on the More Colors button to open the Color picker and in this box I could choose whatever color I like.

I am going to click Cancel here and I'll just use a light yellow from the Swatches and then I'll click in the options bar to close the Swatch picker. The next field will allow me to warp the text, in other words to create text that's bent. I am not going to use that in this case. So I'll leave that icon disabled and the next icon would allow me to switch to Vertical Type if I changed my mind at this point, but I do want Horizontal Type, so I won't enable that icon either. Now that I've made all those choices, I'm ready to type.

So I am going to type by the light and then I'll press Return or Enter on my keyboard to start a new line of the silvery moon. Notice that there is still a line under the type. That's because I haven't committed the type. I can commit the type by choosing another tool or choosing another layer in the layers panel but the way I recommend doing it, just because it's easiest to remember is to go up to the options bar and click the green check mark and that removes the line from under the type.

Take a look at the layers panel and you'll see that I now have a brand-new layer with a big T on it because this is a special editable type layer and the layer is named automatically with the words that I typed. So if I have a lot of type layers I'll be able to tell which is which. Because this is now a separate layer I could get the Move tool and I'm going to uncheck Auto Select layer in the options bar which is what I recommend always doing with the Move tool. Then I can come into the image anywhere and click and drag and move those two lines of type together.

The bounding box that you see around the type is caused by the Move tool. As soon as I click to another tool, the bounding box disappears. So that kind of type is called Point Type. When you create more than one line of Point Type, you manually click the Return or Enter key on your keyboard to start the new line. The other kind of type is called Paragraph Type. Paragraph Type will automatically wrap from line to line to fit within the parameters of a bounding box that you create. To show you that, I'll go back and I'll select the Horizontal Type tool again, I'll move into the image and before I type anything I'm going to create a bounding box.

I am going to click and drag a little bit to the right and then vertically to make a tall thin bounding box. You can see the cursor blinking at the top left of the bounding box. So I'm going to begin to type. I'll type, by the light of the silvery moon. Now why can't you see all the type because it is bigger than the allotted space inside of this bounding box. I can always tell when I have more type than fits in the bounding box because the bottom right corner of the bounding box looks like a square with a cross inside of it.

Notice that the type did wrap inside the box. But because it doesn't fit, I am going to have to reshape the box. So before I commit the type by clicking the green check mark, I'm going to move my mouse over this corner anchor point and I'm going to drag down to make the box longer. Then I'll move my cursor over the anchor point on the right boundary of this box and when my cursor changes to a double pointed arrow I'll click and drag to the right. As I reshape the box, the text rewraps to fit the space. When I'm satisfied, I'll click the green check mark in the options bar and again I'll select the Move tool.

I will make sure that Auto Select layer is unchecked and I click anywhere in the image and drag that paragraph text where I what it. Then I'll click off the Move tool to make the bounding box disappear. So that's how to create Point Type and Paragraph Type here in the Full Edit workspace. In the next movie, I'll show you how you can edit type that you've already created.

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