by Linda Sattgast
(Photoshop users: scroll down for instructions.)
Ever since Adobe introduced new Type tools in Photoshop Elements 10, scrapbookers have had type options that come close to emulating Photoshop. One of the new tools was the Text on Selection tool. This tool can be frustrating, however, if you try to use it as designed. Here’s where most people start: with the Text on Selection tool itself.
You are offered the Quick Selection Brush for making a selection, but it seldom does a good selection job. Thankfully, there’s an easy workaround:
• Use any other selection technique you desire to get a selection outline. For example, to get a curved selection outline to use with the template pictured below, in the Layers panel, I Ctrl clicked (Mac: Cmd clicked) on the thumbnail of the curved template layer to get a selection outline. Fast and easy.
• Once you have your selection outline, get the Text on Selection tool and click once inside the selection. This tricks the tool into thinking it created the selection outline and gives you a check mark and a cancellation mark.
• Click the check mark to accept the selection. This turns the selection into a path.
Don’t Skip This Next Step!
• At this point, you have no idea what your alignment is. Alignment options don’t appear until after you click on the path, so I recommend resetting the Text on Selection tool.
Warning: If you change the alignment after clicking on the path, the text will jump to another spot on the path—usually the exact opposite of where you clicked.
That’s why I recommend resetting the tool. The default is Left Alignment, so at least you’ll know where to click on the path.
• To reset the Text on Selection tool in Photoshop Elements 11, open the menu to the far right in the Tool Options and choose Reset Tool. In earlier versions, this menu will be to the far left in the Options Bar.
Now You’re Ready To Type
• If you took my advice and reset the tool, hover your cursor over the path where you want your type to start. (Don’t just click anywhere on the path.)
• When your cursor changes into an I-beam with a slash mark, that means you can click on the path to initiate a type layer.
• As soon as you click on the path, a new type layer will pop up in the Layers panel.
• Now type what you want to say. You may need to adjust the font, size, or amount of the type to make it fit in the allotted space.
• Click on the check mark to commit the type.
• After committing your type, you may want to move it. Get the Move tool and use the Arrow keys to nudge it into place. I moved mine below the curve and changed the color to white.
If you want to try the Text on Selection tool using the same template I used, click here to download the template.
• Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) on the thumbnail of the curved template layer to get a selection outline.
• Open the Paths panel (Window > Paths).
• Open the Paths flyout menu and choose Make Work Path.
• In the dialog box, click OK to the default tolerance of 1 px.
• Get the Horizontal type tool.
• In the Options Bar, select your font, size, and alignment.
• Decide where on the path you want to place your cursor. Choose a spot that goes with the alignment you selected. If you’re using left alignment, click where you want your type to begin. If you used center alignment, click in the center of where you want the type to appear.
• Hover your cursor over the path where you plan to click. When your cursor changes to an I-beam with a slash, that means you can click on the path to initiate a type layer.
• Once you type your words, you may need to adjust the font, size, tracking, or amount of the type to make it fit in the allotted space.
• Click on the check mark in the Options Bar to commit the type.
• After committing the type, you may want to move it. Get the Move tool and use the Arrow keys to nudge it into place. I moved mine below the curve and changed the color to white.
Here’s my finished page:
Photos and page by Linda Sattgast
Template from Under the Pier collection by Carol Gilmour (modified)
Paper from Duty Honor Country Kit by Etc. by Danyale and Family Tree Papers by Joanne Brisebois
Photo frame cluster by Jen White using Duty Honor Country by Etc by Danyale
Scattered leaves from Senior Yearbook by Kitty Designs
Type overlay from Travel Mates Post Card Overlays by Susie Roberts
Staple from Travel Adventure by Linda Sattgast
Fonts: Hero Light and Myriad Pro
Quote: “Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it.” Amir in The Kite Runner