How to Enter Point Type in Photoshop Elements 11 - dummies

How to Enter Point Type in Photoshop Elements 11

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Most of the type you add to Photoshop Elements 11 will probably consist of point type. Point type is useful for headlines, captions, labels, and similar small amounts of text. You can also use it to create logos and headings for web pages.

Point type is so named because a single anchor point, which marks the starting point of the line of type, precedes it. Remember that point-type lines don’t wrap automatically.


To enter point type, just follow these steps:

  1. In the Photo Editor, in Expert mode, open an image or create a new, blank document (or choose File→New→Blank File).

  2. Select either the Type tool from the Tools panel or press the T key to select it.

    If the Type tool isn’t visible, press T to cycle through the Type tools. You can also select the particular Type tool you want from the Tool Options. Your cursor looks like an I-beam, similar to the one you see in a word-processing program.

  3. Click the area of the image where you want to insert the text.

    For horizontal type, a small, horizontal line about one-third of the way up the I-beam shows the location of the baseline (on which the line of text rests).

  4. Specify type options from the Tool Options.

  5. Type some text and press Enter (or Return on the Mac) to begin a new line.

    When you press Enter (or Return), you insert a hard return that doesn’t move. You have to remove hard returns if you want to change the length of the lines you type.

  6. When you finish entering the text, click the Commit (the green check mark icon) button near your text.

    You can also commit the type by pressing the Enter key on the numeric keypad or by clicking any other tool on the Tools panel. A new type layer containing your text — indicated by the T icon — is created and appears in your Layers panel.