Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video Create photo text, part of Learning Photoshop Elements 2018.
- [Narrator] Another great guided edit found in the Elements Editor 2018 is the Photo Text Guided Edit. The Elements Editor 2018 adds some additional control to help you create the look and feel that you want. Let me show you how the Photo Text Guided Edit works. I'm starting here in the Elements Organizer, and I'm going to go ahead and do a search up here for wood. I'll go ahead and choose the woodpile suggestion that pops up. This is the image I want to use for this guided edit.
So I'm just going to go back to grid view, and that'll keep this image selected, and now I can click the editor button to open that image in the Elements Editor. Now with the Elements Editor open, you'll notice I have the woodpile image already open in my photo bin. If you go to the fun edits category and just scroll down a little bit, you'll notice that we have the Photo Text Guided Edit that appears here. So I'm going to go ahead and choose that option. Now over here in the instructions if you will, the first thing you want to do is click the type tool button to add type to your design.
Now one of the things I want to point out here, you'll notice the instructions says, click on the type tool and then click on your photo and start typing. I just want to show you something here. If I click on the type tool, I'm going to go ahead and press command 0 or control 0 to just kind of get the proportions of this image correct, and you'll see that if I click with the type tool, it's going to create a certain type object in Photoshop Elements, and the challenge here that if I just start typing some text, it's just going to keep going in one long infinite line.
In order for me to type what I want, I have to put manual returns in there, and it's just going to get a little cumbersome as I do this. So the text I want to type is winter is coming, but I'd like it to be in multiple lines, and again I can come in here and put a return. But I want to show you a little trick that I like to show people and use myself. So I'm just going to cancel that, and now with the type tool still selected, instead of just clicking, what I'm going to do is I'm going to click and drag to create a text area.
What that does for me is that now when I start typing, I'm going to type the same text, winter is coming. What you'll notice is now when I highlight this text, I'm going to make it bigger. So down here in the size field, you can either type a value, you could pick a value from the drop down. I like to use the scrubby sliders, which you do by just hovering over the word size and dragging to the left and the right. That allows me to kind of change the size of my text. But because I created a text area, you're going to notice that when it gets too big, it automatically wraps within that area.
I find this to be particularly helpful when I'm creating texts such as this inside of Photoshop Elements. I feel it gives me more control and more flexibility as I'm working with my type objects. So you can also change your leading, which is the vertical space between lines of type. So if I want to increase that, I can just drag to the right to make that bigger, or I can drag to the left to make it smaller. I think that looks pretty good. If you want to change the color of the type, you could just click on the color picker right here and you can scroll down and choose one of the default options.
You can also click on the color picker wheel, and that'll bring up your color picker, and that actually allows you to just kind of pick whatever color you wish. You can even come out here into your image and click on your image to pick up that color, so you have a lot of options here. So the color of the text to be quite honest is not very important. I'm just going to leave it set to white. Just cancel out of this, and you could also choose your font as well as the font face and the alignment and the different text styles.
You can, if you wish, you can even warp your text if you wanted to create like a warped effect, you can do that as well. So this looks pretty good to me. I'm going to go ahead and click the checkmark and automatically, it's going to basically mask the image to the type. Once you've done that, down here at the bottom you do have some additional options. I mean you can just click here and you can drag the type to kind of change what part of the image is showing through.
You could also use these fitting options so this button will fit the image to the window, and I should also point out when you draw a type area, you can see that my type area's a little bit longer than the type itself, but if you double click, that'll go back into the type, and you can just drag this up to kind of limit the area that the type area is consuming. So I'll click the green checkmark, and now what you'll see is that if I use the fit option, it's going to fit it to that area.
I'm just going to do an undo. You can also do a fill, and that will fill the object to that area also. So depending on the size of your type and how you have it positioned, you'll get different results. You can also use your arrow keys on your keyboard to nudge this. Now you get to choose a background color. So you could choose black, if you want a black background. White, if you want a white background, and you can even choose clear if you want a transparent background. This could be helpful if you want to drop this onto another image.
In my case, I'll just go ahead and go with a black background. I think that looks pretty good, and then you can crop the image, if desired. So I can choose the crop button, It's going to try and crop my image so I don't have additional content around it. You can also by the way drag these handles, and now we're actually editing the image behind the type. So I can make that bigger, and I can just click the green checkmark to commit that change. So again, you have a lot of flexibility here.
Then last but not least, you can actually if you want to, add an effect down here at the bottom, which is going to add like a bevel and a drop shadow and a stroke to your text. So you have so many options here to choose from. What I might do here, you could go with say like a medium effect, and you can see it does like a bevel and emboss. It applies a bevel and emboss to your object, and then as you scroll down a little further, you have an advance button that's going to open up that will actually allow you to tweak the style that you applied to that.
I can even go so far as to add a glow to this if I wish. So maybe I'll apply an outer glow. I'll make it white over here and maybe just make that a little bit bigger and you can see that we have a glow kind of showing up behind it. Let me make that a little smaller. There you go, and when you're done you can just hit okay. My okay button is kind of off the screen, so I'm just going to hit the enter key to do that. Now you basically have a finished project. If you click the next button, we get our standard dialogue over here if you will or panel, and I can just go into expert mode if I want to tweak this.
So if I fit this to my window, you can also right here see how the appearance of this is built. So I can actually now using my move tool, I can click on this to reposition this if I want. I can even scale it. If I drag this handle, I can make the text bigger, basically skewing it or stretching it right now, but you kind of get the idea, and so I can just reposition this if I want to, and certainly crop it and do whatever I wish. So a lot of flexibility, a lot of control and just start with an image, add the text and then you can add some effects if you wish, and you're basically done.
- Working with the Elements Organizer
- Creating a new catalog
- Importing photos
- Backing up your catalogs
- Managing photos
- Fixing photos with improved Instant Fix
- Sharing photos
- Exporting photos to different formats
- Working with the Photoshop Elements Editor
- Getting familiar with Guided Edits mode
- Expert Mode
- Selections and the selection tools
- Making the most of Adjustment layers