How to use Text tool in Photoshop CC Tutorial

in this video I want to show you a few basics of text in Photoshop there are a number of ways you can use text while designing in Photoshop so let’s grab the text tool from the tool bar if you click and hold on the text tool you can see various types of text tools like horizontal type tool vertical type tool horizontal type mask tool and vertical type mask tool but most commonly we will use the horizontal type tool now just click on the canvas and see that in the layers panel a blank text layer is created let me type guru 99 com free online education to make a selection of text just double click on the text layer look here in the options bar for some options to modify the text here you can change the font styles of the selected text there’s a huge list of font styles to choose from here you can give some normal font effects such as bold italic or regular by this option we can set font size you can click and drag on this icon to increase or decrease font size here are some font adjustment options click this icon to open the character panel which contains all the settings for text we can also get this panel in the window menu in this panel we have the same options we saw in the options bar and many more options like kerning tracking vertically scale horizontally scale font color and many more options to modify your text now make a selection of text by double clicking on the text layer and pressing ctrl + T to open show transform you can drag and scale texts non-destructively notice here the font size of the text and then scale down the text when you press ENTER you can see the font size is also changed you can scale up and down the text as you would with an image but still not lose any quality after scaling as you do with an image because when we scale the text it is not resampling the text in fact it is resizing the text so it can be scaled non-destructively now if you want to change font style then select the text and open this list of font styles you can choose any of the font styles from this list and if you want to check all the font styles one by one then just click on the font style name and keep it selected then start pressing up and down arrow keys to go through all of the font styles one by one let’s talk about kerning and tracking kerning means adding or subtracting space between two specific selected characters tracking means loosening or tightening a selected block of text let me change the color of this word so that you can see the difference clearly while changing its tracking value but first we will change tracking for the entire line by clicking and dragging this icon you can also set tracking space between two individual characters for that just click between those two words and put your cursor there and the shortcut to change the tracking value is to hold the Alt key and press arrow keys left and right to increase or decrease the space you can use the same shortcut when you want to change spacing in an entire line we can also scale our text horizontally and vertically by changing the values in the vertically scale and horizontally scale option so now let’s talk about text on a path let me draw a shape as a path so we can put some text on it now look at the cursor when it’s on the canvas area outside the path it looks like a normal text tool cursor but when I keep it over the path then it will change and that changed cursor indicates that your text will be sticking to this path now click on that path and you will be able to type your text following that path and you can also determine the starting point and the ending point of text on the path so select the text then press and hold the control key then put the cursor at the start of the text you can see the changed cursor now click there and drag the cursor so you will be able to see two different points a little cross indicates that this is the starting point of text and the little dot symbol indicates that this is the ending point of the text so you can’t go out of that limited area you can change those points by holding the control key then clicking and dragging them you flip up and down the text around the path by moving the cursor in and out of the path area but keeping hold of the ctrl key we can also do this on a simple path drawn by the pen tool so let’s check it out grab the pen tool and draw a simple path now take the text tool click on the path and start typing and you see here you have the same features as we have seen previously and text over the shape path now let’s talk about customizing font styles sometimes the font style can’t give you exactly what you want so in these cases you need to take some text and modify that as per your requirement you can do this by converting the text to path let me type a word guru 99 then right-click on the text layer in the text panel and choose create work path it will convert your text to a path that you can easily modify switch off the text layer and you will see it has generated a path around the text and look here in the paths panel a work path is created save at first now if you want to modify the path then just grab the pen tool and select some control points which you want to move and set them according to how you see the design in your mind you have to hold the ctrl key then click and drag any control point the way you want you can see how I’ve modified the font and created a new design if I think that I can work only with the provided font style to get my output then I will not be successful every time sometimes we have to modify the text for our needs so these are some features about text and in the next video tutorial we will talk about filters you

30 Replies to “How to use Text tool in Photoshop CC Tutorial”

  1. My text wont appear. It's driving me crazy. I have even messed around with the color and size. It shows up in the side layer but not on my picture…

  2. Hello! If you are using the type tool make sure that the layer you are typing on is NOT a smart object. Smart objects do not allow you to edit them by typing. Double click the smart object icon and you are ready to go.


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