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Using the Text Tool - PSP V5
Created by: Kawliga

View the following tutorials to see the differences in PSP V6 and PSP V7.

The Text Tool: PSP 6
The Text Tool: PSP 7
In this tutorial we will show you the different aspects of using the Text tool. We will explain each area of the "Add Text" dialog window.
We'll start by opening a new image, 250 x 250 pixels, background color = white.
We'll illustrate the text tool in black you can of course use any color but for this tutorial, we set the foreground color to black.
Select the Text tool in your tool palette and click anywhere in the image preferably somewhere in the middle. (Left-clicking adds text in your foreground color, right-clicking would add text in your background color.)

The following dialog window should pop up:

Type the text you want to add into the large text box labeled "Enter Text Here".

You access the text field by clicking in it or by pressing Alt+E.

In the "Font attributes" panel of the Text Entry dialog box, there are 3 font properties:
Name (font name or typeface)
Style (Regular, Italic, Bold or Bold Italic)
Size (size of the font)

You set each of those properties by clicking on the values in the appropriate list box. Use the scroll bars to move through the list.

The sample box will show you an example of what the font looks like, and will change as you apply different styles, sizes or font faces.
For text effects, you can choose
Strikeout and/or
Underline and/or
Antialias softens jagged character edges by using shades of the text's color.

You can see what difference Antialias makes to your text.

Antialias works only for 256 color grey scale and for color depths greater than 256.

Choose an alignment option in the Alignment panel.

The alignment determines how multiple lines of text align with each other. You can choose between left align, center align and right align.

The way text is placed on the canvas is affected by where you place the text cursor. Text is vertically centered around the cursor placement.

Horizontal placement is determined by the alignment that you choose.

Left align will place your text on the right of where you placed the cursor, right align places the text to the left of where you clicked your mouse, and center ... yup, centers the text horizontally around where you placed your cursor.

Last you can decide if you want a floating selection or a standard selection of your text.
A Standard Selection (Floating box unchecked) places your text as an active selection into your image.
An active selection is also known as a marquee or marching ants. This feature works like you have just selected the shape of the text. Anything within that active selection gets moved. This option works great when you want to create text from an image.
If your marquee is not in the right place, select your Mover tool, and move your selection with the right mouse button.
Right-clicking the Mover tool will move the marquee without moving the image within the selection.
A Floating Selection (Floating box checked) will just place your text on your image. This feature should be the default for any beginner user as it is the easiest way to place your text on your canvas.
Once you have set all the attributes in the Add Text dialog box to the values you want, click OK to add the text to the image.
To add text to an existing selection, hold down the Shift key while clicking with the cursor to open your Text Entry dialog box.