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Editing text

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Editing text

Text that's created with the Horizontal or Vertical Type tools in Photoshop Elements 8 is always editable, as long as the Type layer remains in the layers panel. You can change the Text Font, its Font Size, its Color or even the Text Content. In this file, this Howdy from Denver, Colorado text is located on this Type layer in the layers panel. To edit that text, I have to do two things. First, select this Type layer and second go to the toolbar and select either the Horizontal or Vertical Type tool.

Editing text

Text that's created with the Horizontal or Vertical Type tools in Photoshop Elements 8 is always editable, as long as the Type layer remains in the layers panel. You can change the Text Font, its Font Size, its Color or even the Text Content. In this file, this Howdy from Denver, Colorado text is located on this Type layer in the layers panel. To edit that text, I have to do two things. First, select this Type layer and second go to the toolbar and select either the Horizontal or Vertical Type tool.

I'll get the Horizontal Type tool. Now, I am going to go up to be Options bar for the Type tool and from the first field, I could choose a different font for this text. I am going to scroll all the way down, and I am going to choose Verdana, which is a font I like to use when I am preparing something for the web. From the Style field, I could change the Style, and Verdana only has a few styles. I'm going to choose the Bold Italic Verdana Style. Now I see the text is too big to fit in this talk bubble at this size, so I'll go to the Font Size field, and I'll make the text smaller, maybe 18 points.

From the Text-Alignment button, I can choose to align the text by its Center, by its Right side or by its Left side. And notice that all of those alignments take place from a baseline point that's right here next to the H at the beginning of the text. So that's why when I chose Right Align, the text moved out of the talk bubble. I could have left it at Right Align and then gotten the Move tool and moved it back in. But I'll leave it here at Left Align. I can change the space between these lines of text by going to the Leading field here, and choosing a number a little bit bigger than the Font Size.

I'll try 24 points, and you can see that there is now a little more space between the two lines. I can change the color of the text by going to the Color field here, and choosing another color, and then clicking in a blank area of the Options bar to close that dialog box. I can also select just one or two words or a few letters, and change the color of just that text. And I'll click off of that word, so that you can see that only the word 'Howdy' has now changed color.

From the next button, the Warp Text button, I can bend the shape of the text. In this dialog box, I can use one of the Preset Styles, like perhaps the Flag Style and then I can use the sliders to fine-tune that. So, I might bend this a little less, I might add a little bit of distortion in there, and then I'll click OK. With the next button, I can convert this Horizontal Text to Vertical like that or back, and finally, I could add a style to the text like a Drop Shadow, by clicking the arrow to the right of the Style field and choosing one of the Drop Shadows here, or going to the double- pointed arrow and choosing a different category of style, like Bevel, to change the available thumbnails.

I'll click in a blank area of the Options bar to close that dialog box, and finally I can change the actual content of this Type layer, by just clicking-and-dragging over one and more words or letters, and typing something else in its place. So I changed Denver to Boulder there. When I am all done making my changes to the Type, I have to go up the Options bar and click this Green checkmark to commit those changes. And as long as I save this file with layers in a format like Photoshop Document format that retains layers, I'll be able to come back at any time, and tweak any of these settings on this Editable Type layer.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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