Chapter 24. Adding and Embellishing Text
IN THIS CHAPTER:
183 Add a Text Caption or Label
184 Bend Text
185 Create a Sales Sign
186 Add a Backscreen Behind Text
187 Create Metallic Text
188 Create Text That Glows
189 Emboss Text
190 Fill Text with an Image
191 Add Copyright Information
You add text to an image using one of the Type tools: the Horizontal Type, Vertical Type, Horizontal Type Mask, or Vertical Type Mask tool. You'll use the Type tools to add text; you'll use the Type Mask tools to create a selection in the shape of text on the current layer, just as you do with any other selection tool. I often use a text selection to mask a fill or adjustment layer (see 100 Mask an Adjustment or Fill Layer) or on a clipping mask (see 163 Mask an Image Layer), or as a selection I can use to copy or cut data or fill with another image (see 90 Copy Data into a Selected Area).
When you add regular text to an image (as opposed to a text selection), a text layer is automatically created for it. A text layer can contain only vector text. Vector data, you might recall, is not displayed on screen as a set of pixels, but rendered instead using a formula. This means that the text content, style, size, and position on the layer can be changed over and over as needed, by simply selecting and retyping the text, making different choices from the Options bar, or using the Move tool (see 99 Move, Resize, Skew, or Distort a Layer).
Although Photoshop Elements provides some effects you can apply to vector text, your choices are limited mostly to layer styles and specific text effects. To apply pixel-based commands such as a brightness or contrast adjustment, edit with a painting tool such as the Brush, or apply filters or non-text effects (such as Motion Blur, Liquify, or Bricks) to text, you must convert the vector text to raster (bitmapped) data. See 96 Simplify a Layer for more information on converting a text layer to a regular layer.
In this chapter, you will learn how to add text to an image and modify the text later on. You will learn how you can use special effects to make the text look metallic or embossed. You will also learn how to fill the text with an image.