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Using the Text Tool - PSP V6
Created by: Kawliga

View the following tutorials to see the differences in PSP V5 and PSP V7.

The Text Tool: PSP 5
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.

The following dialog window should pop up:

Type the text you want to add into the large text box labeled "Enter Text Here". Don't worry about the settings yet, you can afterwards select the whole text or part of it and assign (even different) settings.

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 2 font properties:
Name (font name or typeface)
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.
The text color options are as follows: You can choose either the foreground color, the background color, or you can also pick your own customized color by clicking on the larger color picker which will open the Color dialogue.
For your style types, you can choose
Bold and/or
Italic and/or
Underline and/or
Strikeout.
Choose an alignment option in the Alignment group. 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.

You can choose the kind of text you wish to create:
  • The Vector option creates text as a vector.
  • The Selection option creates text as a selection, where it just creates the marquee as if you have made a selection on your canvas.
  • The Floating option creates text as a floating selection, where it creates the text in your specified color and floats it so you can move it where you want it.
Vector I like this feature because you can rotate your text, and you can resize it exactly to what you want it to look like. The vector feature is also very handy when you need to use one type of style more than once. It works great for webpage headers, button text, etc.
Selection this option places your text as an active (standard) 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.
Floating this 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.
In the "Create as" panel you can also decide whether you want your text antialiased or not. 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.

The "Text settings" panel of the dialog box allows you to have control over spacing between letters and between lines.

Kerning controls the spacing between characters. Increasing the kern level generates more space between characters.

Leading affects the line height for text. By reducing the leading amount, you bring lines closer together.

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.