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Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 47 of 58

Match Type for Image


Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 47 of 58

Match Type for Image


Lesson Info

Match Type for Image

I could use my move tool, then, over here, to move this around the balloon. And I want it to be quite a bit larger. So we have two choices. I can press T to get my type tool back, I could click to insert my cursor, press Command or Control + A to highlight everything, and then I could come down here and drag the size up. Or I could just press Command or Control + T to bring up free transform, and then I could drag from the corner. If I hold down Alt or Option while I drag from the corner, I can pull from both sides at once, and that just saves me the hassle of having to reposition it. So I'll go ahead and scale that up and then click Commit. I'm gonna change the typeface while I'm thinking on it, and I think we're actually going to be using American Typewriter for the font. So I don't have to highlight it, 'cause I wanna affect the whole layer, so I'll just come down into my options bar and start typing American Typewriter, and then it will pull up all of the different versions that I ...

have, and I can scroll through these. And I'm not gonna go with bold. I'll just go with regular. And that's pretty simple. Something that makes type especially great to work with is that it is not made out of pixels the way our photos are. So this photo of this chair and this balloon and everything, that's all, of course, made of pixels, so we have to be careful with pixels. Pixels are precious and pixels can be fragile sometimes, and we have to be mindful of how we're dealing with the resolution of and size of our images and everything. So when it comes to type, we can do pretty much anything we want because the type is not made of pixels. It's actually what we would call vector information. So that means that we can scale it and then we could shrink it down and then we could change our minds and scale it up again, and we don't have to worry about resolution, which is great. So we can go ahead and make all kinds of changes to this, including something we haven't seen yet, which is we can warp this. So if I'm looking at this type and I think, you know, that's fun. I put it on the balloon and everything. But if I wanted it to really look like it was on the balloon, it should be a little bit distorted because the balloon is a round shape, and if the type was printed on the balloon it would also be stretched the way that the balloon is. So we're going to warp. So I wanna make sure I have my type tool active for that, and then I can come down here into the Options bar, and we have two more little Ts here. This one will toggle the orientation of that horizontal type to vertical type. Wow, that's super hard to read vertically. Look at that. This will bring up the warp controls. So I'm gonna click the warp button, and now we see that we can choose several different styles. Currently it's set to None, so when you first click on it, nothing's gonna happen. It's kind of anti-climactic. But we can click that drop-down, and you'll notice there's tons of different options for this. We have arcs and arches and all kinds of bulges. We can bulge the type. We also have an option to inflate the type. And I don't know, I guess it's kinda... Which way would we think looks... I think inflate's gonna look best for this particular effect. But I think maybe that's a little too much. So we can come in here and adjust this bend by just dragging the slider. So a bend setting of zero is basically not gonna make a difference. That's sort of like no effect. If we drag this to the right, it will inflate more and more, and if we drag to the left, it's almost like deflating. It's going the other direction. So I'm looking at this, and I think... I don't wanna go too far. I think it's easy to go too far in Photoshop. So I'm just gonna go a little, like, maybe 25 to 30%, maybe? If you wanted to, you could also experiment with the horizontal distortion. In this case, because it's on a round balloon, I don't think any of this, the horizontal or the vertical distortion's really going to apply very much. So I think we're fine just leaving that as it is. I'm gonna go ahead and click OK, and that's it. We've warped the type and put it on a balloon, and I think it looks pretty great. One thing that we could do if we wanted to take this a little further and make it maybe even a little more realistic is that this type is really crisp because we just created it on the computer. It's basically, like, perfect, and that is great. However, it's gonna be way too sharp if we zoom in. I think it's too sharp for the image. It looks like we added it in the computer in Photoshop. So what I wanna do is blur this just a smidge, just to match the organicness of the pixels that we're putting this into. So we have a filter for that. We can come up to the filter menu and choose Blur, Gaussian Blur. If you're ever looking for just a generic blur, Gaussian Blur is the one to go for. A little trivia fact for you. It got its name from the mathematician, I guess, who created the formula that's used to process the blur. These are the weird things you learn (laughs) when you spend a lot of time in Photoshop. But I always think of that and I think it's interesting. So now you know. If you're ever on Jeopardy, you're welcome. When we click on that, we're gonna get this layer, or this message that pops up, and it's saying, hey, this type layer must be rasterized or converted to a smart object before we can proceed. If it's rasterized, the text will no longer be editable. Okay, so what does that mean? Rasterized means convert to pixels. That's what that is. That's all that is. So it would take away the vector nature of the type and it would turn it into pixels. Then we can't edit it anymore. I'll show you what that looks like. So let's just say we click rasterize. Okay. The reason we're being required to do this is that that blur function, it works on pixels. It's hard to blur a mathematically defined shape. So that's a pixel function. So in order to make this work, Photoshop needs pixels, and of course as a vector, it doesn't, there are no pixels in a type layer. So we had to convert it. We rasterized it. Now we're in the blur window, and we can determine how much blur. And it's just trial and error. That's too much. Obviously if we went way over here, we lose the letters entirely. So we'd wanna keep this low, like really just, like, two pixels I think would be plenty. And then we would click OK. And you'll notice in the layers panel that there's no longer a big T here, and that's because it's no longer a type layer. Yes, it resembles type. We can still read it. It's still letters. But it's not a type layer. Now it's just pixels laying around in the shape of letters. So that means I can do things like get the eraser tool and just erase it. I mean, it's not text anymore. It's just pixels. And that can be useful for certain effects or certain things, like in this case blurring, but it does mean that I cannot edit it anymore. So if I wanted to change the font or I wanted to change the size or the color or put a different word on here, I'd have to start over, because there's no type here for me to select and to edit. So we're gonna undo that, so we're back to our actual type layer that we can edit, and let's try this again. Let's come up to the Filter menu, and again go to Blur, Gaussian Blur, and this time when this message pops up, we have this option here, Convert To Smart Object. That means that Photoshop is basically going to go ahead and rasterize it anyway so it can be blurred, but it is going to keep, in its memory, the actual vector file, so you can still edit it. So we'll go ahead and click Convert To Smart Object. And we get the same window, the same pixels. We can blur everything just the same way. So we'll go ahead and click OK. And we get the same end result, and we get this layer that no longer has a big T on it, but you'll notice it has this little icon on the thumbnail here. This lets us know that it's a smart object. So we can still edit this by double clicking... Or not. I wanna say this might be a limitation of Elements which I just walked into. 'Cause I was thinking to myself, I don't think Elements lets you work with smart objects, and then it offered me the chance to make this a smart object, which is kind of a new thing, but now it's not letting me edit it. So that might also be a limitation that we have to accept and acknowledge, which means I'm gonna show you a workaround for how you can still blur your text but also maintain editability. So here's how we do that. I'm gonna undo this rasterization, and what I wanna do then beforehand is press Command or Control + J to duplicate the type layer. So I'm gonna keep one layer that's a type layer and one layer that we're gonna rasterize. And I'm gonna hide this bottom layer here. So we'll keep this one as a type layer and I'm gonna hide it. This layer we'll go ahead and rasterize, and we can do that by following the blur that we've done, or if you just need to rasterize a layer for any reason at any time, you can just right-click... There we go. You can just right-click and say Simplify Layer. It's another word for rasterize. So sometimes, in this place, Elements calls it simplify. When you try to run the blur filter, it gives you the warning that refers to it as rasterize, but it's the same thing. So we'll click Simplify Layer, and now it's been converted to pixels, and we can come up to the Filter menu and choose Blur, Gaussian Blur, and we don't have that warning message that pops up anymore because we've already converted it to pixels. Then we could click OK. Now we have sort of the best of both worlds. If we had been able to edit that smart object, this would accomplish the same thing. So this layer is the pixel layer of the type that we blurred, and then down below we have the original type layer. So if I decide I need to resize this or change the type or make any changes to the actual text, I could just throw this layer in the trash and then turn this layer back on, get in here and make any changes that I want, and then I would just again duplicate it and re-blur it. So those are some ways that we can work around some of the limitations that you might run into. But I think overall that creates a really nice effect, and the warp tool, I think, is especially fun. You can really experiment with that. It's great for hand-lettering, too. If you're placing type and you want it to be a little more organic and not have such a perfectly straight line, the warp tool is a great way to do that.

Class Description

We all have hundreds of images on our smartphones and cameras that we never do anything with. Adobe Photoshop Elements is the perfect tool for beginners to use for organizing and editing those images. Khara Plicanic will show you the practical ways to use this software by using step-by-step projects you can follow along with at home. You’ll get hands-on practice at making selections and working with layers, doing simple retouching, and adding text to your images.

You’ll also learn: 

• Basic adjustments to color and adding contrast to photos 
• Understanding resolution and image resizing and how to use the crop tool 
• Simple retouching and image compositing

No Photoshop Elements class would be complete without shedding light on file saving and organizing your images for a complete workflow! By the time you’re finished with this class, you’ll be creating beautiful images to share with your family and friends.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015


  1. Class Introduction
  2. Understand How Elements Works
  3. Importing Images
  4. Workspace Basics: Organizer
  5. Workspace Basics: Editor
  6. Tonal Adjustments in Quick Fix
  7. Color Adjustments in Quick Fix
  8. Apply Black & White Filters
  9. Sharpen an Image
  10. Fix Red Eye & Pet Eye
  11. Straighten an Image in Quick Fix
  12. Explanation of Photoshop Elements
  13. Basic Cropping in Quick Fix
  14. Guided Edit Overview
  15. Guided Edit: Tilt Shift
  16. Ways to Save Files
  17. Layers & Simple Selections
  18. Combine Images with Layers
  19. How to Use Layer Styles
  20. Make Selections with Layers
  21. Make Selection with Lasso
  22. Compositing with Multiple Images
  23. Refine Edge Selection on Image
  24. Use Refine Edge on Images
  25. Create Gradient in Image
  26. Gradient Map Differences
  27. Options for Saving
  28. Brushes Overview
  29. Creatively Use Brushes
  30. How to Change Brush Settings
  31. Use Shape Tool with Brushes
  32. Work with Multiple Shape Layers
  33. Finish Image with Custom Shape Tool
  34. How to Load Brushes into Elements
  35. Add Layer Style to Image
  36. Clip Image to Shape & Use as Template
  37. Retouching Overview
  38. How to Use Content-Aware Fill
  39. How to Use Content-Aware Move Tool
  40. Spot Healing Brush on Blemishes
  41. Remove Frown Lines with Retouching
  42. How to Remove Tattoos
  43. Remove a Gap in Teeth
  44. How to Whiten Teeth
  45. Adjust Facial Features
  46. Working with Type Overview
  47. Match Type for Image
  48. How to Manipulate Type Layers
  49. Create Postcard with Type
  50. Add Type on a Path
  51. Organizing Images in Elements
  52. Add Keywords to Images
  53. Smart Tags Overview
  54. Using Albums in Elements
  55. Places Workspace Overview
  56. Use Event Tags on Images
  57. Timeline for Image Organization
  58. Recommended Workflow


a Creativelive Student

Just watching this class live. It's my first class with Khara; she is a wonderful teacher, moving at a steady speed but always being careful to let us know what she's doing in the moment. I would classify myself as intermediate in terms of PSE but I've learned lots of little things that will make further use even easier and more fun. I really appreciated her descriptions of the difference between PS and PSE and her encouragement in using Photoshop Elements and all that it can do.


I have only been able to watch portions of this class but every single part that I have watched has been technically clear and inspiring to me. Based on this experience and the thorough, 58 item list of lessons, I will surely be buying this class soon! Thank you Khara and Creativelive for making a class on this topic and making it be super!!

Ven S

Great course. You can tell she knows the programme inside out.