Photoshop allows us to create text banners and logos or add text to images. The text formatting can be altered using the Options bar. We'll add the text, "Dreaming..." to the image. We'll also format and correctly position the text.
NOTE: Photoshop is not usually recommended as a word processor or desktop publisher. There are other programs which better allow us to manipulate large amounts of text.
Using the Type Tool
We will use the Type tool to add text to the image. Each use of the Type tool adds a new layer to the image. These text layers can be moved, edited, or modified, allowing for virtually unlimited typographical flexibility.
Step1. To see the whole image, in the Tools panel, if necessary,
Step2. To select the top layer, in the Layers panel,
Click the topmost layer
Step3. To select the Type tool, in the Tools panel,
Step4. To position the cursor,
Click the sky above the rock
Formatting the Text
We want the text to be striking, so we'll select a large font size and dramatic font style. Before entering text, let's use the Options bar to format the text.
Step1. To change the font, in the Font drop-down list, on the Options bar,
Click, Click Times New Roman Regular
Step2. To change the Font style, in the Font Style drop-down list,
Click, Click Bold
NOTE: Keep in mind that options such as color, bold, italics, and underline are dependent upon the font. If the selected font does not list these properties, they cannot be applied to the text.
Step3. To change the Font size, in the Font Size field,
Double-Click the value, type: 36 Enter
Step4. To enter the text, type:
Adding a Layer Style
A Layer Style is a great way to add a quick effect to text or an image. Many common layer styles that are used to enhance text are drop shadows, outer glows, beveling and embossing, and gradient overlays. Today we are going to use a simple gradient overlay to make our text a little bit more dynamic.
Let's make a layer style for our Dreaming... text.
Step1. To highlight the text, with the Type tool,
Press & Drag to highlight the text
Step2. To change the foreground color, in the Tools panel,
Step3. Move the dialog box so most of the beach image can be seen.
Step4. To begin to select a color, in the image,
Point to the water
Step5. To choose a color from the water,
Click the water
Step6. To darken the selected color,
Click in a darker color in the Saturation/Brightness box
Step7. To confirm the color choice, in the Color Picker dialog box,
Working with Layer Styles
We can add various effects directly to our Layers outside of the normal filter system. These effects include things like drop shadows, and glow effects. In this section we will add two Layer Styles.
Let's do this now.
Step1. To apply a Gradient Overlay, on the Menu bar,
Click Layer, Point Layer Style, Click Gradient Overlay...
Step2. To see more gradient options,
3. To choose the blue and white gradient, in the Presets area of the Gradient Editor,
Click the upper left swatch
NOTE: The correct gradient swatch displays a tool tip with the words, "Foreground to Background."
Step4. To confirm the gradient selection,
Challenge: Experiment with Layer Styles
In this section, you'll have a chance to try out some of the other layer styles on this text effect. On the left side of the dialog box, there are a number of additional effects. Here is how to activate an additional layer style.
Step1. To add an additional layer style, in the Styles section,
Click the name of an effect
Step2. Experiment with the settings in the layer style to see what changes can be made.
Step3. To turn off the layer style, in the Styles section,
Click the checkbox next to the Layer Style
Step4. Experiment with several different layer styles to find an effect you like.
Step5. To complete the effect, in the dialog box,
Step6. Save the document.
The text may need to be repositioned. Let's use the Move tool to do this.
Step1. To select the Move tool, in the Tools panel,
Step2. To move the text,
Press & Drag "Dreaming..." above the rock
Step3. Save the file.