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Adobe Photoshop CS3

Working with Text

Text can be added to an image or can be created for use as an image by itself. This document contains information on:

return to topAdding Text

Adding text can be done in two ways: you may add text to an existing selected layer, or if no layer is selected, you may add text to the image and a new layer will be automatically created.

NOTE: By default, a text layer takes the first 22 characters as the layer name. You can rename the layer at any time.

  1. From the Toolbox, click and hold the mouse over the HORIZONTAL TYPE TOOLType Tool
    The Type Tool list appears.
    Type Tool list

  2. Select Horizontal Type Tool or Vertical Type Tool

  3. OPTIONAL: To select a color for the text from the Swatches palette, click a color
    OR
    From the Text Toolbar, click SET THE TEXT COLOR
    NOTE: For more information on color selection, refer to Working with Colors.
    Text toolbar

  4. Click within the image where you want your text to begin

  5. From the Options toolbar, make selections for Font, Size, Style, and Alignment
    Options toolbar

  6. Type your text

Modifying Text

  1. In the Layers palette, select the layer that contains the text you want to modify

  2. From the Toolbox, click the TYPE TOOLType Tool

  3. Select the desired text

  4. On the Options toolbar, make the appropriate changes

return to topDeleting Text Layers

If you are dissatisfied with your text layer or decide not to use it, it can be deleted.

  1. In the Layers palette, select the layer to be deleted

  2. From the Layer menu, select Delete » Layer
    OR
    From the Layers palette, right click the layer containing the text » select Delete Layer
    A confirmation dialog box appears.

  3. Click YES
    The text layer is deleted.

return to topPositioning Text

In order to position the text, make certain that the layer containing the text you want to move is selected.

  1. From the Toolbox, click the MOVE TOOLMove

  2. From the Layers palette, select the text layer

  3. Click and drag the text to its new location
    OR
    To move the text pixel by pixel, use the arrow keys.

return to topEnhancing Text

Photoshop allows you to enhance your text by using many special artistic effects, including drop shadowing, bevel and emboss, and color overlay.

  1. In the Layers palette, double click the layer you would like to enhance
    NOTE: Click an empty area of the layer. Do not click on the name of the layer.
    OR
    From the Layer menu, select Layer Style » Blending Options...
    The Layer Style dialog box appears.
    Layer Style

  2. Under Styles, select the desired option
    NOTE: More options for enhancement corresponding to your selection appear under Blending Options on the right of the dialog box.

  3. Make the desired selections and adjustments

  4. Click OK

Blending Options Defined

Drop Shadow
Gives the impression that the text is raised above the background

Inner Shadow
Gives the appearance that the background is raised above the text

Outer Glow
Produces text with the image of soft light emanating from under the words and extending around them

Inner Glow
Produces text that appears semi-transparent and internally lit up

Bevel and Emboss
Produces text that has a realistic, 3D look

Satin
Gives the text's surface a shiny, smooth appearance

Color Overlay
Overlays the text with color while preserving the highlights and shadows of the text

Gradient Overlay
Overlays the text with a gradient color pattern while preserving the highlights and shadows of the text

Pattern Overlay
Overlays the text with a pattern while preserving the highlights and shadows of the text

Stroke
Adds the appearance of a line drawn on the edge of your text


 

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