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How to add text in Photoshop

The Type tool is one of the most useful features found in Photoshop, allowing you to add anything from a single letter to paragraphs of text in just a few clicks.

Whether you’re looking to add text to a poster, a watermark to a photo or anything in between, this guide will cover how to use the Type tool in Photoshop. 

Not only can you add text, but you can also adjust the font, colour and size of your text with this tool. You can even access newly installed fonts from Adobe Fonts or from third-party sites like DaFont and Google Fonts. 

Read on to learn how to add text in Photoshop using the Horizontal Type Tool, or scroll to the bottom of this page for tips on how to add vertical type or rotate your text.

What you’ll need: 

  • Adobe Photoshop 
  • A Creative Cloud subscription 

The Short Version 

  1. Select the Type tool 
  2. Click anywhere on your image 
  3. Enter your text 
  4. Make any adjustments and click the tick icon

How to add text in Photoshop

  1. Step

    Select the Type tool

    This is the icon that resembles a ‘T’ in the side menu. How to add text in Photoshop

  2. Step

    Click anywhere on your image

    You can click where you want to add text, but you can always resize and resposition it later if its in the wrong place. How to add text in Photoshop

  3. Step

    Enter your text

    If you need to change the text again later, simply click the Type tool again and click on the text field. How to add text in Photoshop

  4. Step

    Click the tick icon to save your text

    You can also make any adjustments at this stage, including changes to the font, the size and the colour of your text. How to add text in Photoshop


How to add vertical text

The Type tool will most likely be set to horizontal by default. To add vertical text, press and hold the ‘T’ icon and select the Vertical Type Tool instead.

How to rotate text

To rotate text, just press Ctrl+T/Cmd+T and place your mouse anywhere around the perimeter of the text until you see the curved arrow. Then, click and drag to rotate the text.

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