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Using the Text Tool - PSP V7
Created by: Kawliga

View the following tutorials to see the differences in PSP V5 and PSP V6.

The Text Tool: PSP 5
The Text Tool: PSP 6
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
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.

In the top left 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 top middle part of the dialog box shows an example of your text: either just an example of the font you're using, or the part of the text that you have selected with its current properties.
In the top right corner of the dialog box you 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.


With the options of the Styles panel, you control the look of your text. They work just like the style boxes in the color palette – and offer the same possibilities!

The style that you choose for the Stroke option will be the outline of your text, what you choose in the Fill option will be the fill of your text. If you want a "normal" text like you got in earlier PSP versions, you'd set Fill to Solid Color and Stroke to None.

The Width and Line style of your text outline (the Stroke option) is determined by the settings in the Tool Options palette.

The Texture panel beneath the Style panel also works the same way as the texture boxes in the color palette. Again, the Stroke option affects the look of your text outline, and with the Fill option you can assign a paper texture to your whole text.
The quickest way to get the right settings for normal text is to click on the "Standard text" button. PSP will then set your Stroke style as well as both your textures to None and your Fill style to Solid Color (your current background color).
Just above the Text Entry field on the right, there are the effect and alignment settings. For effects, you can choose
Bold and/or
Italic and/or
Underline and/or
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. 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 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.

By clicking the Proof button (the button with the eye on it) or the Auto Proof button, you can also view your text in the original image instead of only in the Text Entry field before applying it. That's a great help for determining which font size you need.
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.