You can enter text in Photoshop Elements 10 in three different modes and display and print type in two different formats. The three text modes are point type, paragraph type, and path type. Both the Type and Type Mask tools can enter either a point or paragraph type.

Here’s a brief description of each one:

  • Point. Use this mode if you want to enter only a few words. To create point type, select the Type tool, click in your image, and, well, type. The text appears while you type and continues to grow. In fact, it even continues past the boundary of your image!

    Remember that point type never wraps around to a new line. To wrap to the next line, you must press Enter (Return on a Macintosh).

  • Paragraph. Use this mode to enter longer chunks (or constrained blocks) of text on an image. To create paragraph type, click and drag your type tool to create a text bounding box, and then type. All the text is entered in this resizable bounding box. If a line of text is too long, Elements automatically wraps it around to the next line.

  • Path. Elements now offers the capability of placing text along a path via three new type tools. Double-click the path and type; the text appears, adhering to the shape of the path.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.