Photoshop is an incredible modern tool that allows you to do all kinds of edits to photographs, as well as a program for digital artists and graphic designers.


It’s not just about editing photos though – it can be used to create images too!

Photoshop has a lot of features, and sometimes it can be difficult to work out what each of them does, and how you can use them to your advantage.

So let’s say you’re wondering about how to manipulate text in photoshop – how do you do this?

Does it have the same options as other programs? If you find yourself in this situation, you’ve come to the right place!

In this article, we are going to focus on the tools that allow you to change the font and style of your text.

Below, we’re going to give you a short tutorial on how to use photoshop to edit text and create great-looking writing within your images or digital art.

We’ve also made sure to include a short FAQ that will help you with any additional questions you might have about text in photoshop.

How Do You Add Text To Photoshop? 

The first thing you need to know before you start adding text to your image is where exactly you want to add it. There are two ways you can go about doing this:

1) Using the Type Tool (T).

2) Adding text using the Horizontal Type Tool. 

Let’s take a look at both methods.

Adding Text With The Type Tool (T)

To add text to your image using the type tool, simply click once anywhere on the canvas and then press the T key on your keyboard.

This will bring up the Type Tool (T), which looks like a capital “T” with a line through it. 

Clicking and dragging around the canvas will now make letters appear wherever you drag the cursor.

You can see below how I added some simple text to my image by clicking and dragging it around the canvas.

Now you may notice that there isn’t much difference between the way text appears when you add it using the type tool and the way it appears when you add it manually.

That’s because Photoshop automatically adds a few things to your text when you add it using this method. These include:

  • A drop shadow
  • An outline
  • A bitmap effect
  • A stroke

Alternatively, you could apply one of these effects to your text if you wanted to. We’ll show you how to do this later on!

Adding Text With The Horizontal Type Tool 

Another option is to add text on Photoshop with the Horizontal Type tool. You can follow our steps below to do this! 

First, open the Tools panel and select the Horizontal Type Tool.

From the options bar, you can now select font size, font, color, and other options you might want to customize your font with.

If you aren’t sure about the font or size right now, you can come back and edit them later. 

Next, click on the canvas and begin to enter your text. If you want to write a paragraph, you can drag the text box and start typing in the box.

You will then want to click the check mark on the options bar.

This will accept the text and exit text mode, leaving you with a layer of text in the layers panel that you can edit as you wish! 

To reposition your text you can use the move tool. Now you can move the text into the best location for you.

To finish, simply save your image in the PSD format. This will keep your layers intact and allow you to return and edit them as you see fit. 

Changing Font And Style In Photoshop

Changing Font And Style In Photoshop

You can change the font and style settings of your text by selecting the text layer and then pressing Ctrl+I.

This will open up the Layer Properties window, which contains several different tabs that allow you to control the appearance of your text.

Here we’ll be looking at the Effects tab, but you can also access the others from here.

Font Tab

Here you can choose from a variety of fonts and styles.

Simply select the font you’d like to use, and then adjust the size and spacing of the text by moving the sliders beneath the font name.

You can also change the color of the text by clicking on the box next to Color.

Style Tab

Here you can choose from various types of text, including Bold, Italic, Underline, Strikethrough, Shadowed, Outlined, etc.

Each of these comes with its own set of properties. For example, underlining text makes it bolder, while italics make it more readable.

Effects Tab

This tab allows you to adjust the appearance of your text further.

You can change the opacity of the text, the amount of blurriness, the size of the drop shadow, the size of the outline, and even the thickness of the stroke.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it. Thankfully, Photoshop has a built-in interface to help you edit text without much effort.

There are additional ways in which you can edit text beyond what we covered in the words above, however, this requires additional photoshop techniques and skills. 

Photoshop is simplistic in interface and very deep in terms of complexity.

We hope that this article has given you the basics of what you need to know, but if you still have some additional questions check below for our FAQ. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Get Rid Of The Default Text That Photoshop Puts Into My Images? 

If you don’t want the basic text that comes with Photoshop, you can either delete it completely or hide it.

To delete it, just right-click on the text layer and hit Delete. To hide it, simply uncheck the option Hide Text From Viewers.

How Can I Add Multiple Styles To One Word Or Line Of Text? 

To add multiple styles to one word or line of text, first, select the text layer. Then select all of the text by holding down Shift and clicking on each letter.

Once you’ve selected all of the text, go back into the Layers panel and click on the little arrow icon next to the text layer. 

This will open up a new dialog where you can create as many separate layers as you’d like. Now you can duplicate any of those layers and give them their unique style.

Can I Change The Size Of My Text?

Yes, you can! By default, all text layers are sized to fit the area they occupy.

However, you can resize them individually by clicking on the text layer and then adjusting the slider underneath Size.

What Is The Best Way To Add Text To An Image?

The easiest way to add text to your image is to use the type tool. Simply click once somewhere on the canvas and then hold down the T key on your computer’s keyboard.

This will bring the Type Tool (T) up. Clicking and dragging over the image will now make letters appear where you drag the cursor.

Is It Possible To Add Text To My Image Using Another Program? 

Sure! There are many other programs out there that offer different ways of adding text to images. Some of them are free, while others require a small fee.

If you’re interested in learning how to do this yourself, check out some of our articles about how to add text to photos.