Add Text to Your Image in Photoshop

 

Adding Text to Your Images in Photoshop

A question that has come up on more than one occasion on our Pretty Photoshop Actions Facebook page is how to add text to an image in Photoshop.

As you can imagine, there are many ins and outs when applying text to an image, so I'm going to show you two basic text techniques to help get you started!

Adding Photoshop Text With Simple Rectangle Design

Start with your image open in Photoshop.  Then create a new blank layer:

Opening a New Photoshop Layer to Add Text

Select the Rectangular Marquee tool on the left tool bar, then draw your shape (square or rectangle) where you would like to place it on the image. You can also move it with your mouse after you have drawn it:

Using the Photoshop Marquee Took to Add Text to an Image

Click on your foreground/background colors (beside the arrow below) and set the foreground (front) color. I chose a light grey for this image:

Setting the Foreground Color in Photoshop to Add Text to an Image

I'm selecting the Paint Bucket tool to fill in the rectangle with the grey color I selected as my foreground color:

Using the Photoshop Paint Bucket Tool to Add Text to an Image

You can change the Blending Mode and Opacity of your rectangle by selecting Layer 1, and then clicking on the drop down menu next to Blending Mode. Experiment with various modes and opacities. Here, I have mine set to Multiply (which darkens the rectangle) at 16% opacity in order to blend the rectangle into my image:

Reducing Photoshop Opacity to Blend Text Into Image

When you are ready to add text, click on the Text tool, as shown below. Then, place your cursor where you would like to place your text, click, and type. You can move the text around with your mouse to change the placement, and you can also change the font and size of your text:

Using the Photoshop Text Tool to Add Text to Image

You may also want to experiment with changing the blending mode and opacity of your text layer, as well. Here, I have set mine to Overlay, which gave the text a nice gradient effect because it is blending with the gradient in the photo. I also reduced the opacity of the layer:

Adding Clean Text to Your Images in Photoshop

Adding Photoshop Text With Drop Shadow

The translucent rectangle helps the text stand out from the image without being too bold, but you can also apply various effects to your text in order to make it stand out. There are quite a few to choose from, and a subtle drop shadow often does the trick. 

Double click on your text layer in your Layers panel, and you will see the following box:

Adding Text in Photoshop With Drop Shadow

Experiment with the various effects to see how each behaves. As you can see above, I have added a subtle Drop Shadow. You can tweak the settings to make it even more subtle, or to really stand out. The effect here is so subtle that, when zoomed out, you do not notice the effect, but it is just enough to make the text stand out from the background. 

Like I said before, there are many techniques for creating text in Photoshop, and these are just two of the many! We hope this tutorial gets you started! 

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