How to Enter Text in Point Type Mode in Photoshop CS6

By Barbara Obermeier

If you’re image oriented (and why wouldn’t you be if you’re using Photoshop CS6?), you’re probably not planning to include a novella with your graphics. Point type is great for headlines, labels, and similar small amounts of text. You can also use it to create logos and headings for web pages. The web is one place where text that isn’t tack-sharp can still do the job.

Although a Photoshop image is generally not the place you want to insert a whole lot of text, you can add larger blocks of text that are professional and effective. You can modify how point type and paragraph type are displayed by using the new Type menu, as well as the Options bar and the Paragraph and Character panels.

To enter point type, just follow these steps:

  1. Open a saved image or create a new Photoshop document.

  2. Select either the Horizontal or Vertical Type tool from the Tools panel, or press T to select the type tool if the one you want is visible.

    Press Shift+T to cycle through the four available type tools until the one that you want is active.

    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.

    Where you click is called the insertion point.

    A small horizontal line about one-third of the way up the I-beam shows where the baseline (on which the line of text rests) is for horizontal type. If you select the Vertical Type tool, the cursor is rotated 90 degrees. The baseline is centered in the I-beam and represents the center axis of the vertical column of text you type.

  4. Select any of the type options from the Options bar, Character panel, or Paragraph panel.

    To access the panels, click the Character and Paragraph toggle button on the Options bar or select either panel from the Window menu. You can also choose Type→Panels→Character Panel or Paragraph Panel.

  5. Type your text. Press Enter (or Return on the Mac) to begin a new line.

    Lines of point type don’t wrap around. When you press Enter or Return, you’re inserting a hard carriage 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 check mark icon) button on the Options bar. You can also press Ctrl+Enter (Command+return on the Mac).

    A new type layer with your text is created. The layer appears in your Layers panel, as indicated by the T icon.