Friday, July 2, 2010

TIP - How To Outline Text and a Freebie

As a rookie to PhotoShop Elements, I'm still playing around with all the tools.  Some tools I haven't touched yet, like actions and brushes.  This week I discovered how to outline text.  I had a title that looked rather plain and needed to jazz it up a bit, so I had to figure out how to do an outline.  Here is a simple version of how to outline text in Photoshop Elements:

- Open a new file (File/New/BlankFile.  In the pop-up box, use 4inW by 4inH size, resolution-300 pixels/inch, color mode-RGB color, background-transparent)

- Create a text box and type in your word, larger font size is better for viewing

-Simplify the layer to allow you to edit it (in the layers pallette, select the text layer, right click and select 'simplify layer' in the pop-up box)

- To add the outline, go up to the top menu bar and click Edit/Stroke (Outline) Selection, then a pop-up box opens where you can adjust the Stroke, the Location and the Blending:
    Stroke adjusts the size and color of the outline
    Location places the outline on the text in one of 3 ways - inside, center or outside
    Blending adjusts the mode (or look of the outline) and the opacity

Experiment around with the sizes and the modes to create lots of different looks.  Here is a sample of some outlines:

Pretty easy!  So of course, I used that technique to create a freebie for you.  This is the first set, come back Monday after the holiday for the second set.  Until then, if you're in the USA, enjoy your 4th of July weekend!



  1. Thanks for the WA
    My boys always enjoy taking pictures with them
    Ana Carol

  2. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 7 post on Jul. 03, 2010. Thanks again.