Taming the Text Tool in PSP8

Learn how to use the text tool in PSP8
efficiently and without frustration.

A PSP 8 Tutorial for June 5, 2003

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Let's go over the new and improved Text Tool in PSP 8 and figure out how to use it efficiently and with as little frustration as possible.

The Text Tool has radically changed from PSP7 as you can tell when you first click on the image with the Tool.

So, jumping right in.

Open a new file for this exercise from File> New on the Menu Bar or by clicking the New file icon on on the Standard ToolBar.

Yeah the terminology is changing a bit, since you can make your own toolbars and all.

The Standard Tool Bar is under the Menu Bar at the top of PSP8 window.

Set the Image dimensions to 400 X 300, the resolution to 72 both using pixels. Set the Image Characteristics to Raster Background, 16 million colors. UNcheck transparent.

Before pressing OK to set the new file, consider saving this preset if it is one you will use often.

Click Save icon at the top of the New Image dialog box and give it a descriptive name.

The preset will be available to you in the future by clicking the down arrow next to Presets and selecting it from the drop down list.

Click OK to open the new image.

Pick the Text Tool from the Tool Bar running down the right side of PSP. (It's not the tool palette anymore, but a bar.)

Notice the Tool Options Palette changes to reflect the Text options.

I have my options palette docked along the bottom of PSP Window, but you can dock it anywhere you want or pull it off and undock.


My suggestion is to UNCHECK the All tools box under the Color swatches on the Materials Palette, (Formerly called the Color Palette!) before clicking in the image with the text tool.

I have had some nasty surprises when I kept this checked!

Set the foreground color to Transparent by clicking the last circle with line through it under the foreground swatch.

For text this is the outline color.

We don't want an outline today.

Set up a color in the background material swatch by clicking the circle under it and making sure the little black dot is showing.

Note, on this area one can change from Solid to Pattern to Gradient.


Click directly on the background color swatch to open the Material dialog box (formerly the color dialog box)

Set the color to Red by using the upper left corner color in the standard colors in the middle.

Make sure the Texture box on the right side is UN checked. We don't want no texture mucking up the works here!

Press OK to set the background color (fill color) to red.

Just a diversion to have you look at the Material palette. ;)

Work on the text.

Click in the image with Text Tool, the A on the Tool Bar.

Notice the new Text Entry box is smaller and less cluttered than in previous versions.

This is good.


Type "Around the world in 30 days" into the box.

UNcheck remember text.

Select all the text with the cursor so it is highlighted in blue.

On the Tool Options Palette, pick a font from the font drop down box, I picked Arial Black but any boldish font will do.

Notice in the screen shot on the left the preview of the font on the right side of the pop up box. This should help you choose the look you want.

Set the Size to 18 or to any size that fits the text on the page using the size drop down box. Press OK.

Notice the Tool Options Palette for the text reflects the text you have on the image.

Press OK.

Click the text tool in a blank part of the image and type"Not my cup of tea" using the same font but at 24 pt.

Move it up using the middle node right under the Around the world text. The text should be similar to mine.

Let's edit a Text object.

There are several ways to do this, one being to pick the text tool, mouse over the text you want then click when the cursor changes to a bracketed A, [A]

Or, if you had another tool selected and the text tool doesn't work as above, pick the Vector Selector tool at the bottom of the Tool Bar click the text you want to edit.

Double click on it with the Vector selector to open the text edit box.

A third way to get the text entry box back via the layer palette. (F8 on the keyboard)

Expand the vector layer by clicking the + sign next to it, then double clicking the sub layer with the text you want to edit.

Simple as pie, but different from PSP7 and previous versions. Phew!

With the Text Entry box showing and the Text selected, manipulate the words, or the properties on the options palette, or the color in the material palette.

For example. Reopen" Around the work in 30 days" line by any one of the three methods above. All the text should be selected.

On the property bar, adjust the Kerning to -30 by either typing the value into the box, clicking the up and down arrows or moving the slider. Be sure to uncheck the Auto kern box first! :)

Notice how the letters squish together in the image.

While still in this text edit mode, change the font style to Italic and Bold.

Well, where are the fool things???

Since all the text options cannot fit on the options palette on one screen, notice the little black right facing arrow on the right side of the bar.

Click it and more text options open up.

Pick the slanted I icon on the font style area and the B for bold.
OH while we are here, change the Text color of the word world to blue.

In the text edit box, highlight only the word "world."

Click on the red background swatch on the Material palette and pick a bright blue.

Notice in the image how only the word "world" changes color.

Change the kerning value for world as well.

If you cannot see the kerning stuff on the Tool Options Palette, find the black right facing arrow in the middle of the options palette/bar thingy and click it.


Presto, now you can see the kerning stuff again.
Change this value to 70 and see how the world spreads out. :)


Still with world selected, change the size to 24.

Press Apply on the Text Entry box and view the changes in the image.

Move the text back onto the page if it ran off the edge.

For further practice, reopen Not my cup of tea for editing.

In the text Entry box, select Not. Change the font to something besides Arial Black. I picked BlacklightD. Notice the change in the image.

Pick only the word tea.

Change this font to something different again. Change the size to 48.

Click the background color swatch and select the Gradient tab on the Material box then choose a gradient fill from the drop down box next to the gradient preview.

Press OK.

Notice our line has some weird text! ;)

Press Apply on the text box to effect the changes permanently.

And that, my dears, is the power behind PSP8's new text feature.

It will take some getting used to for sure, but you will like it once you get the hang of it. Promise! Go practice and see what other wild texts you can come up with.

This is NOT the end of the line for this image and next week we will work on some of the vector tool changes and use this image as our starting point.

Save this file in the pspimage format with name like TextExercise. Keep for next week.

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