How to Edit Text in Photoshop

Photoshop offers great opportunities to edit text, giving it colors and shapes to make your designs catchy and powerful. This article will show you how to edit text in Photoshop.

When it comes to using Photoshop to create graphics or designs, nothing can be considered an easy task. In fact, Photoshop offers thousands of functionalities that sometimes can be tricky or more difficult than what they actually seem to be. Adding text is one of those features. It might seem to be a quick and easy thing, but at the end of the day, if you want to take advantage of all Photoshop’s functions, you need practice and devotion.

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In this article:

  • Adding text in Photoshop
  • How to Outline Text on Photoshop
  • How to add shadows to text in Photoshop
  • How to Warp Text in Photoshop
  • How to Place an Image in Text
  • Conclusion

Adding text in Photoshop

Before showing you how to edit text in Photoshop, we are going to quickly teach you how to add some text.

If you look at your Tool box, which usually is on the left part of the screen, you will see a big T. T stays for Text and if you click on it you’ll be able to decide onto which part of the project you want to add some text.

Then, on top of the screen you’ll find all the options to apply small basic edits to your text, such as Font, layout, size and color. This editor bar works in a standard way, as you’d do for Microsoft Word. Make sure to pick a good font that fits well within your project.

How to Outline Text on Photoshop

This guide aims to teach you how to edit text in Photoshop. One of the most common ways to edit text is outlining it.

Now that we know how to add some text to a Photoshop project, let’s see how to outline it.

First of all, let’s assume we’re working on a real project.

The image above is our project. We want to add some text on the top-left corner. It has to be something simple and not too aggressive. But we want it to be very visible.

Let’s proceed step by step. First of all, we look for the big T and we add the text in place.

We’ve just picked some lyrics from blink-182’s song Bored to Death and placed them at the top-left corner. As we can see this doesn’t look fine. In fact, the white font gets lost over the light background. For this reason, we want to look for cool ways to keep the text tidy and simple, but highlighted in the image.

Outlining the text is the key. But first, let’s work a bit on the font.

On the top-right of the screen, not far from the Navigator, you should be able to find the Character box. This is very similar to the bar that I’ve shown you earlier for editing the text, but in this case we have some more functionalities. In fact, here we can set the leading and the tracking for the selected characters.

We decided to pick the font Arial and we also increased the Leading a little bit.

Now, the text looks a lot better, but it’s still pretty invisible on that background. It’s time to outline it.

Let’s select the text layer and right click on it. Then, on top of the list you should find Blending Options.Click on it.

Then, click on the Stroke box. You should immediately see a stroke appearing all around the text (make sure to have the Preview option activated).

All you have to do now is play around with all the settings in order to get what you have in mind. In this case, we set the color of the stroke on a pinky color, we increase a little bit the size of it and we drop the opacity to 77%.

This is what we get.

Simple, nice… still a bit hidden in the background. We want to find a way to generate some contrast… maybe we could add some shadows?

How to add shadows to text in Photoshop

Adding shadows to text in Photoshop is a very easy task and it gives a great new look to your project. Shadows are a great solution to give some contrast to the text, in order to make it more visible.

Make sure to select your text layer, right click on it, then click on Blending Options.

Check the Drop Shadow box  and play around with the settings.

To highlight the text properly, in the Blend Mode menu we select Linear Burn and we drop the opacity to 80%. Work on the other parameters according to your preferences. We advise you to keep the shadows not too far from the text. We picked a 6px distance, start from that and see what you like. The Spread doesn’t need to be too high, we picked 42%. Final parameter is the Size. The Size is crucial, because it gives intensity and power to the text. A big shadow might look cool, but make sure to not make it too heavy. Personally, I like it too be pretty light, for this reason I picked a 3px Size.

This is our final product. Text is visible, but not too aggressive. The shadow highlights the text and makes it look modern and cool. The text is captioning the photo, giving it the sense of freedom and fun that we were looking for. Photos like this are perfect for social networks and blogs.

How to Warp Text in Photoshop

Since this article is about how to edit text in Photoshop, we want to show you another interesting technique that will enhance your project, giving it style and dynamic. We’re about to show you how to warp text in Photoshop.

Warping text in Photoshop means playing with it, giving it cool shapes to make it fit in the project. This is a really nice option when it comes to working on creative photos or graphics such as logos. As usual, make sure to not overuse this cool function! Let’s now see How to Warp Text in Photoshop.

We are working on this photo for our Social Networks… It looks cool already, but that text is definitely too flat. We definitely want to work on it, to give it a nicer shape. It’s time to apply some warping to that text.

To warp the text, make sure to select the text layer, then click on the big T in the tool box.

If you’re on the right layer the symbol of an arc below a big T should become clickable on top of your screen in the text box.

When you click on it a Warp Text box will appear on screen. You will then be able to choose the perfect style for your text. There are a great number of styles available, and all of them can be personalised, playing around with their settings.

The best style for our project is Arc Lower. We select that one and we leave the settings as they are.

This is our final project. Catchy enough to work perfectly on our social networks.

How to Place an Image in Text

After showing you how to warp text in Photoshop and how to outline it, it’s now time for something a little bit more complicated.

A good way to learn how to use Photoshop properly is increasing the difficulty of the tasks step by step, without struggling with impossible jobs at the very beginning of your experience.

In this case, we’re still going with something relatively simple, but really powerful in terms of results.

These are some samples of what we’re going to do right now. We’re about to place an image in text. The results can be pretty cool and could apply to different types of projects. For example, they would fit perfectly as an introduction of a video clip or on the invitation to your birthday party. In fact, this style can also be used when you work on invitations for events, using FREE Photoshop flyer templates.

In an article about how to edit text in Photoshop, we couldn’t possibly forget to mention this cool technique. Let’s now see how to place an image in text on Adobe Photoshop.

Placing an image in text is a great idea to apply to a project. In fact, it will give class and elegance to your images.

To show you how to place an image in text, we pick a photo of Bora Bora from the web.

The photo is beautiful itself, but to make everything more classy, let’s try to carve the word “SEA” out of this photo.

Let’s click-and-hold the usual T button and select the big T with the dotted outline (the one in the photo below, just to be clear).

Type the word “SEA” and move it around in the image in order to make it fit into the space that you are going to carve.

When you are done, confirm the selection clicking the check mark on top of the screen.

Now you should see the whole photo, with a dotted outline marking the letters of the word SEA that you just typed.

Click on Edit and then hit Copy. Then Edit → Paste Special → Paste in Place. Now, disable the visibility of the layer with the big photo of the sea, simply clicking on the small eye-icon on the left of the name of the layer in the Layer Box.

You should now see the word SEA carved out of the big photo of the sea.

The result is already pretty good. The text is ready to be applied to a project we’ve been working on. In our case, we want to use the same image that we used to create the text as a background. So, first of all, let’s increase the contrast of the word SEA, to make it more visible. To do so, simply hit Image→ Adjustments → Brightness/Contrast. Play around with the contrast to make the image nicer and warmer.

Now, create a new layer that you will place in between the text and the photo of the sea. You can call it White Filter.

Using the Paint Bucket Tool, make the White Filter layer completely white. Then, drop the opacity of the layer to 65%. To drop the opacity you’ll find an Opacity option on top of the Layer Box.

Enable the layer with the photo of the sea and check your final result!


This article aimed to show you How to Edit Text in Photoshop. Photoshop is a great software that offers hundreds of editing options. We’ve shown you some of the basic stuff, starting from creating text. We’ve seen how to outline text and how to warp text in Photoshop. These are very nice and simple techniques to enhance the quality of your projects.

We’ve also shown you how to place an image in Text, which is a little more difficult, but the final result is just great.

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