How to Edit Text in Photoshop Elements 11 - dummies

How to Edit Text in Photoshop Elements 11

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

You might need to rearrange words or fix typos and other errors within the text you’ve placed in your Photoshop Elements 11 images. To make changes to the text itself, just follow these steps:

  1. Open your image in the Photo Editor in Expert mode.

  2. Select the Type tool from the Tools panel.

  3. In the Layers panel, select the existing type layer you want to modify or click within the text to automatically select the type layer.

    Double-click the T icon in the Layers panel to simultaneously select all the text in that layer and make the Type tool active.

  4. After selecting some text, use the Tool Options to make changes:

    • Change the font family, size, color, or other type option: If you want to change all the text, simply select that type layer in the Layers panel. To select only portions of the text, highlight the text by dragging across it with the I-beam of the Type tool.

    • Delete text: Highlight the text by dragging across it with the I-beam of the Type tool. Then press the Backspace key (Delete on the Mac).

    • Add text: Make an insertion point by clicking the I-beam within the line of text. Then type new text.

      Note that these editing steps apply to all the types of text — point, paragraph, and path.

  5. When you finish modifying the text, click the Commit button.


Occasionally, you may want to transform your text. To do so, make sure that the type layer is selected in the Layers panel. Then choose Image→Transform→Free Transform. Grab a handle on the bounding box and drag to rotate or scale. Press Ctrl (Command on the Mac) and drag a handle to distort. After you finish, double-click inside the bounding box to commit the transformation.

For path type, applying the transformation command will enable you to change the shape of your path, but not the actual type itself. Upon double-clicking the bounding box, the type will then rewrap along the transformed path.