Photoshop – The Type Tool

Photoshop – The Type Tool Now when I first saw the term Type Tool I had no idea what it could be. I soon learned the Type could be related to typing (at least in my mind!) because the Type Tool allows you to add text to your image.

The Photoshop has lots of control over the text in his/her image. The formatting allows adjustments to the font, size, style, color, alignment, orientation (vertical or horizontal), kerning, leading, tracking, indenting, line spacing, and much more, including the ability to stretch, shrink and warp the text in numerous ways.

Using the Type Tool is easy. To get started select the tool from the toolbox. Choose the desired type options (in the Options Bar). You will many options available to you in the Options Bar – you can specify the orientation, font, text color, style, size, anti-aliasing and text warp options. 

The Character and Paragraph palettes can be used to make other text and/or paragraph changes. For kerning, leading, tracking, baseline shift, and vertical and horizontal expanding/contracting you will use the Character palette. To align text, work with indentation, paragraph spacing and hyphenation the Paragraph palette is used.

Adding text is easy – simply click on the image in the spot that you want the text to appear. If the Type tool is selected and the image is clicked Photoshop will automatically add a new text layer.

The next step is to type your text. When you are satisfied with your work press the Enter or Return key.