Hello SC friends! Kelly here to share with you a simple photoshop tutorial. Adding text to your photos is a great way to add another unexpected element to your layout. It is really quick and easy to do...I used Photoshop CS4 for this tutorial, but the same basic steps apply to PSE also.
The first step is to edit the photo you're going to use to your liking. I chose to make mine B&W using my go to B&W action. After you're done editing, be sure to flatten your image and then you'll be ready to add your text. Click on the Text tool and place the cursor where you would like to write the text on your photo.
The next steps are to choose your font style and font size, both of which you can change in the toolbar at the top. I selected a chunkier font (Impact) and mixed it up with a fun script font (Marketing Script) to make it a little more interesting.
Next, you'll want to choose which color you'd like the text to be. I chose white, but the possibilities are endless. To change the color, just select the "foreground color" tab in the toolbar on the bottom left. A small window will pop up and from there you can adjust the color...click OK when you're finished.
Now, click back onto the photo where you want to type and go ahead and type your text. Once you're finished, click the check mark at the top right of the toolbar to confirm your text is finished.
You can also change the opacity of your text simply by sliding the opacity slider (found to the right in the layers palette) to the left.
Click on the move tool and this will allow you to move your text to wherever you'd like on your photo. If you want to get a little more fancy, when you click on the move tool, you'll see the transform controls around the edge of your text...if you hover over the corner of the controls, you will see your cursor turns into a little curved arrow. Click and you'll be able to rotate your text. I rotated mine to line up with the sidewalk in my photo.
Now, just flatten your image, print it out and it's ready to use on your layout. This is a fun technique for Christmas cards too...if you've got a great photo, just add your holiday greeting and you're good to go! I hope you've enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial...I hope to see lots of you using this technique on your projects.