Create Paragraph Type in Photoshop Elements 10 - dummies

Create Paragraph Type in Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

If you have larger chunks of text, it’s usually more practical to enter the text in Photoshop Elements 10 as paragraph type. Entering paragraph type is similar to entering text in a word-processing or page-layout program, except that the text is contained inside a bounding box. When you type and come to the end of the bounding box, Elements automatically wraps the text to the next line.

To enter paragraph type, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Editor and choose Full Photo Edit mode.

  2. Open an image or create a new, blank Elements file.

  3. Select the Type tool from the Tools panel, or press T or Shift+T.

  4. On the image, insert and size the bounding box by using one of two methods:

    • Drag to create a bounding box close to your desired size. After you release the mouse button, you can drag any of the handles at the corners and sides of the box to resize it.

    • Hold down the Alt (Option on the Macintosh) key and click the image. The Paragraph Text Size dialog box appears. Enter the exact dimensions of your desired bounding box. When you click OK, your specified box appears, complete with handles for resizing later.

  5. Specify your type options from the Options bar.

  6. Enter your text; to start a new paragraph, press Enter (Return on a Macintosh).

    Each line wraps around to fit inside the bounding box.

    If you type more text than can squeeze into the text box, an overflow icon appears. Just resize the text box by dragging a bounding box handle.

  7. Click the Commit button (the check mark icon) on the Options bar or press Enter on the numeric keypad.

    Elements creates a new type layer.