Create Point Type in Photoshop Elements 10 - dummies

Create Point Type in Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

The majority of your type entry within Photoshop Elements 10 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.


Follow these steps to create point type:

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

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

  3. Select the Type tool from the Tools panel.

    You can also press T or Shift+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 Options bar.

  6. Type your text and press Enter (Return on a Macintosh) 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 check mark icon) on the Options bar.

    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.