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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
Text that's created with the Horizontal or the Vertical Type tools in Elements is always editable, as long as the type layer is left as a type layer in the Layers panel. The text in this image is on the 'Howdy from Denver, Colorado' type layer here in the Layers panel. To edit this text I need to do two things, make sure that layer is selected in the Layers panel and then go to the toolbar and select one of the Type tools. I'll select the Horizontal Type tool. Now I can go up to the Options bar for the Horizontal Type tool and change things about this text.
So let's say I want to use a different font. I'll click the arrow to the right of the Font field and then I'm going to go all the way down and choose another font. I'll try Verdana and that changes the font of the text. I can change the Style of the text, try Italic, or maybe Bold, or both. I can change the Font Size. It looks like I need the text be a little bit smaller in order to fit in this talk bubble in this new font. I'll try 18 points and that does fine.
In order to activate the next icons here, I'm going to select the type like this. This first icon will bold text that doesn't come with its own bold style. The same is true of the next icon for italicizing text. This is a text underline feature which is a toggle that I can turn on and then off. And here's a strike-through, on and then off. I can change the way that the lines of text are aligned. This is going to happen with reference to a base point, which is right here to the left of 'Howdy' in this image.
So if I click and choose Right Align Text, both lines are right aligned to that point. And then I would have to get the Move tool and move them back into place like this. I'll click on the Horizontal Type tool again and I'll select that text by clicking and dragging over it, and then I'm going to set that back to Left Align. Get the Move tool again and drag it back into place. Once again I'll get the Horizontal Type tool and from the next field I can change the Leading or the space between these lines.
I'm going to try 24 points, and that added a little more space between the two lines. I can also change the color of type from this menu by clicking the arrow on the right side of the Color field, and choosing a different color. I'll choose this brick red and then I'll click in a blank area of the Options bar to close the Color menu. From the Style menu, I can add a layer style like a low drop shadow and I could use this icon to switch the text from horizontal to vertical. But obviously, in this case it's better as horizontal. So I'll toggle that back.
I can even change the content of the text. With the Horizontal Type tool, I'm going to click-and-drag over the word Denver, and I'm going to type Boulder instead. And when I'm done with that change, I'll go up to the Options bar for the Type tool, and I'll click the green checkmark to commit the change. And I can come back in and make further edits to this type layer at any time here in Elements Full Edit workspace.
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