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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example 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 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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