Create a Text Layer in Photoshop CS5 - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

When you create text in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5, the text is created on its own layer. By having the text separate from the rest of the image, applying different styles and blending modes to customize the type, as well as repositioning the text, is simplified.

To create a text layer, choose the Type tool and click the image area. You can also click and drag to create a text area. The Options bar gives you the controls to change the font, size, blending mode, and color of the text.

The Text tool options.
The Text tool options.

When you’re finished typing, you must confirm your text entry by selecting the check box (on the right of the Options bar) or pressing Ctrl+Enter (Windows) or Command+Return (Mac).

Warping text

When you click the Create Warped Text button on the Options bar, the Warp Text dialog box appears. You can use it to apply different types of distortion to your text.

You can still edit text that’s been warped. To remove a warp, click the Create Warp Text button again and select None from the Style drop-down list.

Fine-tuning text

For controls such as leading, baseline shift, and paragraph controls, click the Toggle the Character and Paragraph Panels icon near the right end of the Options bar.

Use these keyboard commands to fine-tune text in Photoshop Creative Suites 5. Make sure that you have text selected when you use these shortcuts.

To change the font, drag over the font family name on the Options bar and then press the up-arrow key to move up in the font list or the down-arrow key to move down in the font list.

After you’re finished editing text, confirm or delete the changes by clicking the buttons on the right end of the Options bar.

If you’d rather use key commands to confirm or delete changes, press the Esc key to cancel text changes; press Ctrl+Enter (Windows) or Command+Return (Mac) to commit text changes (or use the Enter key on the numeric keypad).