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Text Tool

By Mike Rodriguez  ·  January 1st, 2010

Learn how to use the Text Tool to add interest and information to your images with the use of typographical elements.


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6 Replies to Text Tool:

  1. jose

    April 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Mike,I love your videos that I have seen I’m a newbie to elements the way you teach slow and
    clear I can understand every word.You make it enjoyable to watch.
    Thank You

  2. Laurel

    April 15, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    This was good, but I would have liked to have seen you apply the text to an image. That’s where I am having a problem.

    • Clarke

      April 21, 2010 at 9:24 am

      Laurel…the text is “applied to the image” by virtue of itself being a layer in the image. There is nothing more to be done other than commiting the text (hitting return or clicking the green check-mark) Clarke

  3. Brenton

    May 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Very good quick presentation. I’ve wasted years trying to learn all of this myself. But these videos are excellent tools to watch more than once! Every lesson clearly presented clearly understood and will require very little practice to master the effect that one is trying to achieve!

    Lots of info packed into every lesson. I’m going back through and learning what I forgot!

  4. Scott

    September 15, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I have a family photo from the early 1900’s. I’ve used the text tool to type in every person’s name and their dates of birth and death. I staggered the names/dates on the image to make it easier to identify what name/date went with which person. The problem I had was aligning all the text. Does elements have a guide system for text with a “snap to” function? If so, is there a video covering how to use it?

    • Rick

      September 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm

      Hi Scott,

      Elements 6 and up has a grid system – check Preferences>Grids to set the dimensions; View>Grid to turn it on and View>Snap To>Grid to make that work,

      Elements 8 added Guides: View>New Guide will create a guideline.

      It’s pretty simple – Matt did a video on using Guides with the Correct Camera Distortion feature last fall:

      Not exactly what you’re doing, but it might help show the technique.

      it’s probably worth doing a short video on using Guides – I’ll put it on the list.


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