How to Find and Replace Text in Photoshop CS6

By Barbara Obermeier

In Adobe Photoshop CS6, you can make global changes in a text layer, switching all occurrences of a set of characters to another string. For example, you might have typed Ghandi a few dozen times before remembering that Mahatma’s name is spelled Gandhi. To replace text, follow these steps:

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

  2. In the Layers panel, select the type layer you want to modify.

  3. Choose Edit→Find and Replace Text.


  4. Type or paste the text you want to replace in the Find What box.

  5. Enter the replacement text in the Change To box.

  6. (Optional) If you want the search to locate only text that exactly matches the case of the Find string (for example, FREEdom but not Freedom), select the Case Sensitive option.

  7. (Optional) To ignore the search word embedded in another word (say, to find the but not there or they), select Whole Word Only.

  8. Click Find Next.

  9. When each string is found, select whether you want to

    • Change: This option changes only the string of text just located. Click this button if you’re looking for one particular occurrence.

    • Change All: This option changes all occurrences of the search text with the replacement string in your text.

    • Change/Find: This option changes the found text and then looks for the next occurrence.