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In this course, author Jan Kabili introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, the less expensive version of Photoshop that’s ideal for casual photographers who want to achieve professional results. The course covers importing, organizing, and finding photos with the Organizer. It explains how and when to use each of the editing workspaces—from the simple Quick Fix and Guided Edit workspaces to the Full Edit workspace for enhancing your photos—including making photo corrections, retouching, compositing images, and adding text. The final chapter offers creative ways to share photos with Elements, including print projects like greeting cards, calendars, and books, emailing photos, and posting them on Facebook and Flickr.
The Type tools in the full photo edit workspace let you add text to a photo, maybe to make it into an invitation, or an announcement, or maybe to mark it as a proof, or with your copyright. The text that you add is on a special re-editable type layer. Let's look at the basics of creating an editable type layer. The Horizontal and Vertical Type tools are the ones that you want for that purpose. They're located in the toolbar, in this flyout menu. There are a number of tools here. The ones you'll use most are the Horizontal and Vertical Type tool.
We usually don't use the Mask tools, because they don't create an editable type layer. Later in the chapter, we'll be looking at the new Text on Selection, Text on Shape, and Text on Custom Path tools. For now, I'll select the Horizontal Type tool. I'll leave the options for the tool in the options bar at their defaults, except for the font size. If you do type with this default small font size on a high-resolution photo, you may not see your text, so I'm going to change that from that menu. Then I'll move into the image, where my cursor looks like an I-beam.
When I click to type, it changes into a blinking cursor, and I'll type. There's a light gray line under my text; that's because I haven't yet committed the text, which is something you always have to do when you create or edit text this way. To commit this text, I'll go up to the Options bar, and click the green check mark there, and the gray line under the text disappears. In the Layers panel, there's now a brand new layer, and this is a special type layer, which you can tell from its icon. The layer is automatically named with some, or all, of the text that I typed.
In many ways, this is just like any layer. For example, I can move this layer around, I could change its Opacity, I could change its Blend mode, and more. So if I want to reposition the text in the image, I'll get my Move tool, and as with any layer, I'll click on it, and I'll drag it where I want it. But a type layer is different than other layers in a couple of ways. For one thing, you can't paint on it with the Brush tool, you can't add an effect to it, or do other pixel level edits. If you do try, you get a message that the type layer will have to be simplified -- which means converted into a regular layer -- before proceeding, and at that point, it will no longer be editable, so I'm going to click Cancel there.
The other big difference between a type layer and regular pixel-based layers is that a type layer remains editable, and that means that as long as you save this file in a format like PSD or TIFF that retains layers, you'll be able to come in and change the font, the font size, the color, the style, or even the content of this type layer at any time in the future. You can style your type after you type it by editing it, as we'll do in the next movie, or you can set some options for the Type tool before you start typing. Let's do that before we make some more text in this image.
I'll go over to the Type tool, and again, I'll select the Horizontal Type tool. Because I currently have a type layer selected in the Layers panel, I don't want the changes I'm about to make to affect the existing type layer. So what I have to do is click relatively far away from that text in the image, or just hold down the Shift key as I click in the image anywhere, and that will create a brand new type layer in the Layers panel. Now I'll choose some options for what I'm about to type. The first field in the Options bar is a list of all of the available fonts on my computer.
What I really like here is that there's a sample of each font over here to the right of each one, so that I have a sense of what it's going to look like when I type. You can choose any font that you have on your computer. I'm going to choose this font down here, just because I like it. Some fonts come in various styles, and those are available from the next menu. This particular font comes in Regular, Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic. Some fonts have no styles; some have a lot. I'll stick with Regular, and close this menu. We've already seen the seen the next field, which is the font size field, and you can either choose a font size from this menu, or you can type your own font size here.
The next icon is on by default, and this is the Anti-aliasing icon. Anti-aliasing smoothes the edges of letters. I almost always leave this on, unless I'm making very small text for a Web site, and I need it extra crispy, so it will be readable there. Next there are some word processing options. A faux bold, a faux italic, underline, and strike through. These may be grayed out depending on the font you've chosen. The next field is the Justification menu, and here if I'm planning to type more than one line of text on the same type layer, I can choose to line up those lines by their left sides, their centers, or their right sides.
This is the leading field, which controls the amount of space if you do type multiple lines of text on the same layer. I'll usually leave this set to Auto, but you can make that space larger or smaller by choosing from this menu. And then there's a color field, which defaults to whatever color is currently in my foreground color box in the toolbar. To choose a different color, I'll click the arrow to the right of this field, and I can click on one of the color swatches here, and that will set the color here, as well as in the foreground color box. If I want to use a different color than those in the swatches, I'll click More Colors, and that opens the big color picker.
Here I can move the Hue slider, and then choose a shade of color here, or when the color picker is open, I can move into the image, and my cursor changes to an eye dropper, and this way, I can click on a color that's already being used in the image, so that my type matches. I'll click OK to close that dialog box, and that sets the color of the text that I'm about to add. The next two buttons are for creating warped text, and for changing the orientation of text from horizontal to vertical. When I'm all done choosing my options, I'll start typing in the image.
I'm going to type two lines of text. So I'll press Enter or Return, and I'll type the next line on the same type layer. When I'm done, I'll come up to the Options bar, and I'll click the green check mark to accept that type, and now I have another new type layer over here in my Layers panel. So that's how to create editable type in the full photo edit workspace. When you do this, don't forget to save in a format that retains layers. In the next movie, we'll talk about editing type.
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