How to Add Text to a Photo Image in PhotoShop CS2


Perhaps you want to make a poster with an image you've created, or maybe you would like to add a name and year to the face of a digital photograph before you print it. You can even include a quote or a few descriptive words on a photograph to turn it into art, a greeting card or a web graphic. Regardless of the reason, you need to know how to add text to a PhotoShop image.

  • Open your digital photograph in PhotoShop CS2. Select "File," then "Open" or click "Ctrl+O." Then select the photograph you desire.

  • Select the "Text" tool. The easiest way to do this is to simply click on the "T" key on your keyboard. This will open a text box in a new layer.

  • Assign the desired attributes to your text. At the top of the screen, you will see a variety of options you can apply to customize your text. Before you begin actually typing your text, select the font, font size, color, font style and other text attributes you would like to use. Then select the alignment option you would like to use for your text, whether that be left aligned, right aligned or justified. Type in the text you want to place on your photo.

  • Move the text to where you want it on your photograph. Click on the "Move" tool or click on the "V" on your keyboard to select the "Move" tool. Then use your mouse to left click, hold and move your text to the location desired.

  • Repeat Steps 2, 3 and 4 as needed. If you want to create text to flow into multiple areas of your photograph, you will want to create a new text box for each so any edits or changes will be easy to do.

  • Save the PhotoShop CS2 file so that you can edit the text later if necessary. Select "File," then "Save As" or click on "Ctrl+Alt+S." Name the file with the desired name and save it in the folder desired. Be sure you use the "PhotoShop" file format. This will save the document in separate layers so you can edit any layer desired quickly and easily at a later time.

  • Flatten the image. This will merge the layers of your photograph together so that it is only one layer and the file size is much smaller. Select "Layer," then "Flatten Image."

  • Save the final image as a digital photo file. Select "File," then "Save As" or click on "Ctrl+Alt+S." Name the file with the desired name and save it in the folder desired. Be sure you use the "JPEG," "TIFF" or other desired photo file format desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • It's easy to edit text on a photo when you create a new text box on a new layer for each new paragraph or "section" of text.
  • It's a good idea to apply text to your image at its largest size and the save it. You can always make a smaller print of the image, but you can't upsize the image with good print results.

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