Working with Text

In Photoshop text effects are used to help enhance images. Learn how to use the Type tool in Photoshop in thie free lesson.


The Type tool allows you to add text to your document. You can use text on a variety of projects—for example, you might add text to your images to create a poster, holiday card, or invitation. You'll also be able to customize the text to suit your needs.

To use the Type tool:

  1. Locate and select the Type tool in the Tools panel. You can also press the T key on your keyboard to access the Type tool at any time.
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  2. In the Control panel near the top of the screen, choose the desired font and text size.
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  3. Click the Text Color picker, then choose the desired color from the dialog box.
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  4. Click and drag anywhere in the document window to create a text box.
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  5. A new text layer will be added to your document. You can start typing to add text to the layer.
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If you want to add a lot of text to your document, you may find it easier to work with multiple text layers. This will give you more control over the apperance of your text. In the example below, we've added a second text layer for the word mountains.

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Type tool tips

Rasterizing text

If you try to use certain tools with a text layer, such as Filters, you will receive a warning message asking if you want to rasterize the text, as shown below:

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Rasterizing means the text will be converted into pixels, allowing you to make image adjustments that normally don't work with text. The downside is that you'll no longer be able to edit the text, change the formatting, or convert it back to a text layer. Therefore, you should only rasterize your text if you absolutely need to. If you don't want to rasterize it, simply click Cancel to keep the text layer in its current format.

More resources

Photoshop features many other ways to customize text. If you want to learn more about these different options, check out the tutorials below: