About Type Formats in Photoshop Elements

Adobe Photoshop Elements has seven type tools. Two of them are for entering horizontally oriented type, and two are for entering vertically oriented type. Don’t worry about the vertical type tools. Although you can use them, they’re really designed for the Asian market so users can enter Chinese and Japanese characters. The remaining three tools are for creating type on a selection, shape, or path.

Elements is capable of displaying and printing type in two formats. Each format has its pros and cons, and which format you use depends on your needs. Here’s the lowdown on both of them:

  • Vector: All text in Elements is initially created as vector type. Vector type provides scalable outlines that you can resize without producing jaggy edges in the diagonal strokes. Vector type remains fully editable and always prints with optimum quality, appearing crisp and clean. Vector type is the default type format in Elements, except for images in bitmap or Indexed color modes.

  • Raster: When Elements converts vector type into pixels, the text is rasterized. Elements refers to this rasterization process as simplifying. When text is simplified, it’s no longer editable as text but is converted into a raster image.

    You usually simplify your vector type when you want to apply filters to the type to produce a special effect or when you want to merge the type with the image. You can’t resize simplified type without losing some quality or risking jagged edges.

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