Type Tool in Photoshop

Type Tool in Photoshop is used to write texts on the canvas in various format. Note that the text written will be Vector text and can be scaled to any size without losing quality of the text.

There are various ways, a Text can be written:

a) As single line text

b) Multiline text in Textbox

c) Along a given Path

We will see each one by one:

(a) As single line text

We can write the Text in horizontal or vertical direction using Horizontal Type and Vertical Type tool respectively.

Let’s see some examples on these Tools and different text options on Option bar and Text window.

i. Horizontal Type Tool Example

Select Horizontal Text tool in Photoshop and write something on the canvas. We can set text font, size, font styles etc. on the option bar.

Type tool option bar.PNG

Let’s write something on the canvas:

Write on canvas using Type tool.PNG

We can create warp text by clicking the warp icon .

Warp text option.PNG Select the Warp text option.PNG

After Text Warp settings, we get below output:

Output after Warp text setting.PNG

For more advanced settings, we can go to character window by clicking on the icon . When we click, a new panel is opened. In this character panel, we can control the spacing between the letters or spacing between the texts or can control the horizontal scaling of the character.

*Note: We must select the Text on the canvas to see the effect of character panel’s properties.

Character panel properties.PNG

Below is the Character Panel:

Set character panel.PNG

How to commit changes:

Accept the changes for the text layer by doing one of the following:

Click the Commit button in option bar.

Press Ctrl + Enter to commit the change.

Fix Photoshop backward writing.PNG

Transform Text

After committing the changes, we can transform the Text. Press Ctrl + T on while the Text layer is selected. It creates a transform control around the text. You can transform the form with this.

Transform text in Photoshop.PNG

Let rotate the Text and reposition it in the center of the canvas.

Rotate the text.PNG

Press Ctrl + Enter to accept the changes.

Re-edit the Text layer

If we want to edit the Text layer again. For this select the Text layer then select the horizontal type tool. Then click on the text written on the canvas. The Type tool will be activated and we can make changes to the Text.

***Note: As we know the text written here is Vector graphics. If we rasterize the text layer (right click on text layer + Rasterize type), then we cannot edit the text again using Horizontal type tool.

Layer style on Text layer

We can give many styles to the Text layer. In Blending options window, we can apply shadow, stoke, emboss, gradient, pattern to the Text layer to create different Text effects.

First write something on the canvas with Horizontal type tool as shown below.

Then, right click on the text layer and select Blending options.

Layer style on text layer.PNG

It opens a Layer style window. We will use different Layer styling elements to give the text an awesome look.

Let’s apply different Layer style elements to get stylish text:


Set Bevel & Emboss on Text Layer.PNG


Set STROKE on Text Layer.PNG




Set DROP SHADOW on Text Layer.PNG

After applying above Styling elements, we get below Output:

Output of Layer styles on Text layer.PNG

(ii) Vertical Type Tool Example

Vertical Type Tool work pretty much like Horizontal Type Tool. But instead of writing the text in Horizontal direction, it writes the Text in Vertical direction.

To use Vertical Type Tool , select it from the toolbox. Write something on the canvas. The text will be written in vertical direction as shown below:

Write on canvas using Vertical Type tool.PNG

We can change the font settings in option bar as we did for Horizontal type tool. Same way, we can set additional feature in Character panel.

(b) As Multiline text in Textbox

We can draw multiline text or paragraph using the same Type tool.

Select horizontal Type Tool. On the canvas, drag the cursor to create a box when the cursor looks like this . The box limits the paragraph text within it.

Draw Textbox on canvas.PNG

If the text is overlapping on each other instead of coming to the 2nd line, then set the increase the leading in Character panel as shown below.

Set leading on character panel.PNG

Below is how it looks like:

Write on the canvas.PNG

(c) Along a given Path

We can also draw the text along a path. We can create a path using any Selection tool or pen tool. We can also draw text on the outline of a shape created with shape tool.

Let’s see it with an example:

(i) Text on a Shape

Select shape tool. We have various option under the shape tool as shown below:

Text on a shape.PNG

Let’s select Custom Shape tool and draw a heart shape on the canvas.

Draw a shape.PNG

Select Horizontal type tool and take the cursor on the outline of the shape until the cursor change to a path indicating cursor, as shown below:

Horizontal Type Tool on outline of shape.PNG

Now start typing as shown below.

Start typing on text outline.PNG

Write the Text completely on the outline. Then right click on the Text layer and apply Blending options to give it a text style.

Apply Layer style on Text 2.PNG

Let’s hide/delete the shape layer and we are left with Text layer, which appears in the shape of heart.

View only text layer.PNG

Output- Text on shapes outline

Output of text on shapes outline.PNG

(ii) Text on the Selection

We can also write text by making Selection. After making Selection, we can convert it to a Path. For this go to path panel and click icon appearing at the bottom of the panel.

Let’s open an image as shown below:

Text on a Selection.PNG

Now make Selection of the outline using magic wand tool.

Make Selection of outline.PNG

Now go to paths panel and click on the icon as shown below:

Go to Paths panel.PNG

Work path is created as shown below:

Created Work Path.PNG

Once we have the path, select Horizontal type tool and take the cursor on the path outline until the cursor changes to path cursor. See below.

Horizontal Type Tool on outline of path.PNG

Start typing now. After the typing is complete, we get below text outline.

Draw text outline.PNG Only text outline.PNG

Output- Text on shapes outline

Output of text on shapes outline.PNG

Type mask Tool

We can use the type mask tool to create a Selection in the shape of text. We can then create various effects with the copied or cutouts text from the Selection.

There are two types of mask tool:

(i) Horizontal Mask Tool

(ii) Vertical mask Tool

Horizontal and Vertical Mask tool is used to make horizontal and vertical selection of text respectively. See below examples:

(i) Horizontal Mask Tool Example

It can be used to make Selection out of Text on the canvas. Once we have the selection, we can do right click to do Layer via Copy or Layer via cut and can produce various designs.

Let’s open below image in Photoshop.

Horizontal Mask Tool Example in Photoshop.PNG

Select horizontal mask tool and type some text on the image.

Use Horizontal type mask tool.PNG

Now click on Rectangular selection tool and we can see a selection on the canvas. Now right click inside the selection and select “Layer via copy”.

Copy the selection.PNG

New text layer is created when we do Layer via copy. See Layer 1.

New text layer by Layer via copy.PNG

Now right click on the layer and select Blending options to apply layer style. Apply the layer styles as shown below:

Apply Layer styles 1.PNG Apply Layer styles 2.PNG Apply Layer styles 3.PNG Apply Layer styles 4.PNG

Hide the background layer. Finally, we have below output. We can use save for web option with Interlaced selected while saving. This creates the .PNG file with transparent background.

Save image with transparent background.PNG

Output - Horizontal Mask Tool

Output of Horizontal Mask tool.PNG

(ii) Vertical mask Tool Example

Like horizontal mask tool, we can use Vertical mask tool to create vertical mask of text.

Let’s open an image as shown below:

Vertical mask tool example.PNG

Now select Vertical Type mask tool and write something on the canvas. If the spacing between character is too much, then reduce it by adjustment in character panel.

Character panel properties in Vertical mask.PNG

Vertical type mask will look like below:

After applying Vertical maks.PNG

Now click on Rectangular selection tool and we can see a Selection on the canvas. Now right click inside the selection and select “Layer via copy”. Now right click on the layer and select Blending options to apply layer style. Apply the layer styles as above in Vertical Type mask tool. Then hide the background layer. Below is the final output:

Output – Vertical Type Mask Tool

Output of Vertical Mask tool.PNG

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