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Creating text

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Video: Creating text

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.

Creating text

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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Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training

140 video lessons · 9662 viewers

Jan Kabili

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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 41s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 29s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 26s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 28s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 29m 59s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 7s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 14s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 12s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 43s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 17s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 34s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to Photoshop.com
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye

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