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Creating text

From: Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows 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 add text. Here is how to do it, I would like to add some text on top of this talk bubble which is a special shape that we created in an earlier movie, because I want the type to come in on top of this talk bubble, I'm going to select this layer in the Layers palette. I'll click on that shape layer and then I'm going to go over to the Toolbox and I'm going to select the Horizontal Type tool. I'll come into the image and click on top of that talk bubble and before I start typing, I'm going to set the options for my text. Those are up in the Options bar. 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 and there is sample of each font to the right of its name. So, you can get a sense of what it will look like and choose the one that you like.

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 add text. Here is how to do it, I would like to add some text on top of this talk bubble which is a special shape that we created in an earlier movie, because I want the type to come in on top of this talk bubble, I'm going to select this layer in the Layers palette. I'll click on that shape layer and then I'm going to go over to the Toolbox and I'm going to select the Horizontal Type tool. I'll come into the image and click on top of that talk bubble and before I start typing, I'm going to set the options for my text. Those are up in the Options bar. 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 and there is sample of each font to the right of its name. So, you can get a sense of what it will look like and choose the one that you like.

I'm going to stick with my default font here, you can choose any font on your computer, I'll click arrow to close that menu and the next field is the Type Style menu. 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, semi bold, if your font has those options. I'm going to leave mine set to the regular font style. Next is the font size, I'll click the arrow to the right of that field and I'll choose a font size in points, I'm going to choose around 30 but you never know exactly how it is going to look until after you type and then you can come in and change the font size if you need to. I'm not going to click on the next field which is anti-aliasing, I always leave that on because it keeps the edges of the text smooth, you can use the next buttons if you want to use upper case text, italic text, underlined or strike through text.

The next button is used if you have multiple lines of text in the same layer, this menu lets you choose whether to align those lines by their left sides, their right sides or their center and if you do have multiple lines of text in the single layer you can adjust the space in between them from this field which is the letting field. Next, we have the color field, I click the arrow to the right of that field and I get a Swatches palette from which I can choose whatever color I want for the type, I'll take black and I'm going to click on the Options bar, now that I have set all the options for my text, I can start typing. Whenever you add text or edit text you have to commit that change, to do that I going back to the Options bar and over to the right side of the bar where there is green checkmark.

I'll click that and now I can see my text with out the black underline, other ways to commit text are to change layers or to change tools. If you look in the Layers palette, you will see that I now have a new layer here. It is a special type layer, which you can tell because it has a special T icon on it. It is special because it is a layer that remains editable. We will learn how to edit text in another movie, but for now I want to make sure I have that type layer selected and then I'm going over to the tool box to get my Move tool and I'm going to click and drag this line of text in the place where I want it. The Move tool creates this bounding box around the text and I can use the anchor points on that bounding box to make the text bigger if I want by just clicking and dragging or smaller and I can click on this circle at the bottom of the bounding box to rotate the text.

And when I click in the middle of the bounding box, I move the text, when I'm satisfied with its placement and size I'll just click this green checkmark and I'll click off the Move tool, so we can text without the bounding box, that is how you add text to an image in Photoshop Elements. This text will remain editable as long as this type layer is in the file. So, if you are going to save this file, be sure to do so in a format that lets you keep your layer like PSD, if you save in JPEG format for example, you no longer have your editable type layer.

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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

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  1. 9m 23s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      6m 59s
    3. Using the example files
      1m 30s
  2. 22m 34s
    1. Understanding the Organizer's catalog system
      3m 17s
    2. Getting photos from files and folders
      5m 41s
    3. Getting photos from a digital camera
      7m 27s
    4. Getting photos from offline media
      3m 7s
    5. Getting photos from a scanner
      3m 2s
  3. 35m 0s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 30s
    2. Viewing photos
      2m 19s
    3. Selecting photos
      1m 52s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 7s
    5. Renaming photos
      1m 57s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      1m 56s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 50s
    8. Stacking photos
      7m 33s
    9. Moving files
      4m 1s
    10. Backing up
      2m 55s
  4. 31m 50s
    1. Tagging photos
      8m 38s
    2. Finding photos by tags
      3m 57s
    3. Tagging face photos
      3m 1s
    4. Using albums and Smart Albums
      7m 43s
    5. Finding photos with Text Search
      3m 34s
    6. Finding photos from the Find menu
      2m 57s
    7. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 0s
  5. 16m 27s
    1. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      5m 28s
    2. Comparing photos
      4m 9s
    3. Using Date view
      2m 54s
    4. Using Map view
      3m 56s
  6. 33m 3s
    1. Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer
      7m 58s
    2. Semi-automatically fixing photos with Quick Fix
      10m 39s
    3. Using the Guided Edit mode
      4m 33s
    4. Fixing group shots automatically
      3m 44s
    5. Removing stray content with the Scene Cleaner
      6m 9s
  7. 57m 41s
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      4m 46s
    2. Opening a file
      2m 6s
    3. Creating a blank file
      4m 36s
    4. Using tools
      8m 5s
    5. Setting Edit preferences
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting Color settings
      5m 18s
    7. Using the Undo History command
      3m 48s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 7s
    9. Resizing photos and adjusting resolution
      8m 23s
    10. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 24s
    11. Saving files
      6m 37s
  8. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      4m 38s
    2. Working in the Layers palette
      4m 4s
    3. Using layer masks
      4m 54s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Understanding selections
      1m 15s
    2. Manual selection tools
      6m 20s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 25s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 50s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Straightening and cropping
      2m 46s
    2. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment
      2m 41s
    3. Adjusting with Levels
      5m 0s
    4. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 14s
    5. Using Color Curves
      4m 44s
    6. Removing a color cast
      4m 9s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 20s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      2m 47s
    9. Sharpening photos
      6m 27s
    10. Editing raw photos
      6m 45s
  11. 25m 21s
    1. Using the new Smart Brush tool
      5m 50s
    2. Using the Smart Brush Detail tool
      3m 13s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 58s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content
      2m 9s
    6. Using the Red Eye tool
      1m 11s
    7. Using the Whiten Teeth tool
      1m 48s
    8. Using the Blue Skies Tool
      1m 28s
    9. Using the Black/White tool
      1m 13s
    10. Converting color to black and white
      2m 40s
  12. 22m 10s
    1. Applying filters
      6m 21s
    2. Applying effects
      3m 53s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 13s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 49s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      1m 54s
  13. 7m 34s
    1. Creating text
      4m 6s
    2. Editing text
      1m 58s
    3. Warping text
      1m 30s
  14. 38m 38s
    1. Making a photo book
      10m 0s
    2. Making a photo collage
      8m 10s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      10m 11s
    4. Making a panorama
      3m 50s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      4m 6s
    6. Using automated actions
      2m 21s
  15. 9m 50s
    1. Using email and Photo Mail
      4m 42s
    2. Printing your photos
      2m 55s
    3. Using Quick Share
      2m 13s
  16. 19m 17s
    1. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 33s
    2. Viewing and sharing your photos online
      6m 0s
    3. Backing up and synchronizing albums online
      6m 28s
    4. Accessing ongoing inspiration from Adobe.com
      3m 16s
  17. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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