Creating a Text Layer

Creating a Text Layer

When you create text in Photoshop, the text is created on its own layer. This simplifies the process of applying different styles and blending modes to customize the type, as well as repositioning the text.

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

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Figure: The Text tool options.

Warping text

When you click the Create Warped Text button on the Options bar, the Warp Text dialog box appears. This dialog box enables you to apply different types of distortion to your text, as shown in Figure. You can still edit text that has been warped. To remove a warp, click the Create Warp Text button again and select None from the Style drop-down list.

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Figure: The Warp Text dialog box.

Fine-tuning text

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

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Figure: The Character and Paragraph palettes in Photoshop.

Use the keyboard commands in Figure to build text in Photoshop. Make sure that you have some text selected when you use these shortcuts.

Figure: Helpful Typesetting Key Commands




Increase font size


Shift+ z+>

Decrease font size


Shift+ z+<

Increase kerning

(cursor must be between two letters)



Decrease kerning

(cursor must be between two letters)



Increase tracking

(several letters selected)



Decrease tracking

(several letters selected)



Increase or decrease leading (several lines selected)

Alt+­ or Alt+Ї

Option+­ or Option+Ї


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

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


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

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