Create Point Type in Adobe Photoshop Elements

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

The majority of your type entry in Photoshop Elements will most likely be in point type mode. Point type is useful for short chunks of text, such as headlines, labels, logos, and headings for web pages.

Point type is so called because it contains a single anchor point, which marks the starting point of the line of type. Remember that point-type lines don’t wrap automatically, as you can see in the figure.

Point type doesn’t wrap automatically, but instead can run off your image into a type Neverla
Point type doesn’t wrap automatically, but instead can run off your image into a type Neverland.

Follow these steps to create point type:

  1. Open the Photo Editor and choose Expert mode.

  2. Open an image or create a new, blank Elements file (File→New→Blank File).

  3. Select the Horizontal Type tool from the Tools panel.

    You can also press T to cycle through the various type tools. Additionally, you can also select the Horizontal Type tool from the Tool Options. It looks like a capital letter T.

  4. On the image, click where you want to insert your text.

    Your cursor is called an I-beam. When you click, you make an insertion point.

    A small, horizontal line about one-third of the way up the I-beam shows the baseline (the line on which the text sits) for horizontal type.

  5. Specify your type options from the Tool Options.

    You might want to look up the options in detail.

  6. Type your text and press Enter (Return on a Mac) to begin a new line.

    When you press Enter (or Return), you insert a hard return that doesn’t move.

  7. When you finish entering the text, click the Commit button (the green check-mark icon) near your text. If you want to bail out, click the Cancel button (the red No icon).

    You can also commit the type by pressing Enter on the numeric keypad or by clicking any other tool on the Tools panel. A new type layer with your text is created. Type layers appear on your Layers panel and are indicated by the T icon.