How to Use the Text On Selection Tool in Photoshop Elements 11

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

You can create path type in Photoshop Elements 11 by first creating a selection of your image, similarly to how you create a selection with the Quick Selection tool. Here’s how:

  1. Open a saved image or create a new, blank Elements document in the Photo Editor in Expert mode.

  2. Select the Text On Selection tool from the Tools panel or press the T key to cycle through the various Type tools.

    You can also select the particular Type tool you want from the Tool Options.

  3. On the image, “paint” (drag) over your desired selection.

  4. Refine your selection by adding or subtracting from your selection in one of two ways.

    By dragging: Press the Shift key and drag around the additional area that you want to include in your selection.

    • Press the Alt (Option on the Mac) key and drag around the additional area that you want to subtract from your selection.

    • Select the Add to Selection or Subtract from Selection buttons on the Tool Options and drag around your desired areas.

    With the Offset slider: Drag the Offset slider right to expand, or left to contract, your selection.

    The additional options you can use to refine your selection, common to all the Type tools, are described in detail in the following section.

  5. Once your selection is complete, click the Commit check mark icon to convert your selection to a path.

    If you want to start over, click the red Cancel (slashed circle) icon.

  6. Position your mouse over the path; when the cursor icon changes to an I-beam (capital letter I with a crooked line crossing over), click the path and type your text.

    The text wraps along the path. If you type more text than can fit on the path, an overflow icon appears. You can move the text around the path or to the outside or inside of the path by holding Ctrl (Command on the Mac) while clicking and dragging the mouse around the path or to the outside or inside of the path.

  7. When you finish entering your text, click the Commit icon.

    Elements creates a new type layer. You can edit any attributes, such as font size, just as you can with point or paragraph text.