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Adobe Photoshop - Adding Text to Image (Novice)

Learn how to add text to a photo, and then style and position it for unique designs in Adobe Photoshop.

Click here to download the sample image that is used throughout this document. 

1. Open a photo

Go to File > Open. In the next dialog, browse to a photo to use for this project, or use the one you downloaded from us (“add-text-photo.jpg”). Click Open.

Open Photo

2. Create a line of text

Go to the tools panel and select the Horizontal Type tool. Click your image where you would like to insert text and type a phrase. When you’re done, press Escape to exit the text field. Notice that a new layer with your text has appeared in the Layers panel.

Text Line

3. Style text

See the type options at the top of the Photoshop workspace. Customize the text using the type options, which include font selection, type size, alignment, and color.

Style Font

4. Edit text

To change the text, be sure that you have selected the Type tool. Hover over the text with your cursor and click once. Edit the text. Press Escape to finish.

Edit Text

5. Move text

If you decide that you want to move the text, select the Move tool from the tools panel. Click and drag the text to move it.

Moving Text

6. Experiment

Use this technique to create postcards, website headers, invitations, and more. Experiment with different photography, type styles, and color combinations to create unique compositions. When you're finished Save your document by going to File > Save.


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Keywords:help how to adobe photoshop edit photo picture layer text image   Doc ID:76406
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2017-09-07 13:10 MSTUpdated:2018-05-31 14:53 MST
Sites:New Mexico State University
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