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How to create text images using Adobe Photoshop

Updated on April 8, 2013
Text image created using Adobe Photoshop
Text image created using Adobe Photoshop | Source

When you write an article, you would like that article to be appealing to the eyes of readers. Images, photos and diagrams help to bring this attraction by adding more information that complements the purpose of the article.

Although there are many free-to-use images online with Creative Commons licenses, it is very difficult to get a text image that match to the author’s needs.

This hub will illustrate how one can create original text images using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 with customized backgrounds, colors, layers and styles like the one shown here.

Creating text images using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

This article assume that you already have Adobe Photoshop 7.0 application software or a higher version. Adobe Photoshop 7.0 is a premium software from Adobe company but you can download a trial version here just to get a feel of it before you can purchase the premium one.

Once Adobe Photoshop is open and ready, we need to create an image canvas first. On the menu bar, Click on File>>New. You will get a dialogue window like the one shown below.

"New" dialogue window
"New" dialogue window | Source
Photoshop image canvas
Photoshop image canvas | Source

From the above dialogue window, enter your preferred image name. Select the custom option from the Present Sizes dropdown list so that you will be able to enter your preferred image Width and Height, you can enter your own measurements or work with the one shown (280 by 300) and a Resolution of 72 pixels/inch

Width and Height can be in pixels, inches, centimeters, millimeters, points or picas. Select RGB Color for Mode and Background Color contents, click Ok and you will get a plain white image canvas like the one shown here:

We are going to add a new layer on the canvas so that we can use our own customized and favorite colors. On the menu bar, click on Layer, select New Fill Layer and then Gradient. (You can also try to work with Solid Color or Pattern options)

Layer menu
Layer menu | Source

On the New layer dialogue window, enter the gradient name and then select your preferred color, select Mode as Normal, Opacity as 100% then click Ok.


On the Gradient Fill dialogue window, select the preferred Gradient, Style, Angle and Scale. Other than your own preferred gradient, you can leave all the other options (Style, Angle and Scale) to the default settings.


There are several gradient styles to choose from, here I have selected Orange, Yellow, Orange gradient.

Gradient styles
Gradient styles | Source

On the left hand side of the Photoshop application, pick the text writing tool as shown on the image below:

Text tool
Text tool | Source

Normal formatting on text can be performed here. You can Bold text, increase Font size, Sharpness and align text to your preferences. Select the Font type that will bring out the best output, here i have selected "Arial" font type.

The font size you select should match the image canvas in proportion such that if you have a large image canvas the font size will be a bit larger unless you want your images to have multiple lines of text where the font size will be smaller.

You can set your text formatting properties before you start typing or you can format text later after typing. The formatting properties tools are found at the top bar just after the menu bar as shown on the image below:

Text formatting
Text formatting | Source

Using the text tool, click where you want to start typing on the canvas and type text of your choice.

Text styles
Text styles | Source

After you have typed the text, now it is time to apply some text Swatches and Styles. On the right hand side of the Photoshop application you will find different tools windows grouped together. Locate the one with text styles. It should look like the one shown here:

Note: If you are unable to locate this window, it could be de-activated, so click on Window on the menu bar and select Styles.

Now, select the text on the canvas and experiment with different styles by way of clicking on the preferred style. See some options below:

Text images samples
Text images samples | Source

Our text image is almost ready, to make it even better, we are going to stroke the text layer style. Select the text you want to stroke, then on the menu bar, click on Layer >> Layer Styles and then select Stroke.

Layer menu
Layer menu | Source

You will get a dialogue window like the one shown below and the text will automatically be stroked with the default stroke settings.

Layer styles
Layer styles | Source

Using various Styles, Bledning options, Fill types and Stroke properties, experiment with your text until you get your best stroked text. Here are a few from our original text.

Text images samples
Text images samples | Source

Photoshop is one of the handy applications that can help you to design that text image that you always desired. The images you create on Photoshop can be edited to suit other needs and can also be saved in popular formats such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, GIF e.t.c. I hope this tutorial was helpful.


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