Use the Text On Selection Tool in Adobe Photoshop Elements - dummies

Use the Text On Selection Tool in Adobe Photoshop Elements

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

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

1Open the Photo Editor and choose Expert mode.

Expert mode is shown in the figure (B).

2Open an image or create a new, blank Elements file.

As a matter of standard practice, you open photos in the Photo Editor from thumbnails shown in the Organizer.

3Select the Text On Selection tool from the Tools panel or press T to cycle through the various type tools.

You can also select the Text On Selection tool from the Tool Options. It looks like a capital letter T with a dotted square around it.

4On the image, “paint” over your desired selection.

Use the mouse to drag the cursor.

5Refine your selection by adding or subtracting from it in one of four ways:

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 area that you want to subtract from your selection.

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

In the Tool Options, drag the Offset slider right to expand, or left to contract, your selection.

You can specify additional options, which are common to all the type tools. The Tool Options (found at the bottom of the workspace) includes several character and paragraph type settings, as shown in the figure.

6When 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 to do so.

7Position your mouse pointer over the path and, 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. Resize the selection until all your text appears.

8When you’re done entering your text, click the Commit check mark icon.

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