Text Tool

The Text tool lets adding text to an image. The hot-key for the tool is T. Watch the video tutorial.

The text automatically appears on a special text layer. You can convert this layer to a regular one with the Rasterize Layer command.

The text layer can also be converted to the shape layer using the Vectorize Text Layer command. After vectorization, each character will be represented as a separate vector shape. If the text symbol consists of several separate parts, you can select and move each part with the Edit Shape tool while holding the Alt key.

After text rasterization/vectorization you will not be able to change or re-format it.


Drag the cursor while holding left mouse button - the bounding box will appear where you can enter text. You can change the size of the box by dragging the markers on the frame. Hold down Shift to constrain the proportions. To move the block, place the cursor outside and drag.

Alternatively, you can add text by clicking with the tool on an image, just start typing. In this case, text lines are not limited in length.

Bounding Box Adding a Text Block

Typing Free Typing


The basic tool settings are shown in the Tool Options panel above the Image Window. To display the full list of parameters, click on the tool's icon in the Tool Options panel or use F5.

Text Parameters Text Parameters


Right-clicking on text opens a menu of standard commands.

Context menu

You can transform the text block using the Move tool . The transformation parameters will appear in the Settings Panel if you click the frame.

It’s also possible to transform text with the pressed Ctrl-key. It is important to distinguish this mode from simple changing of the bounding box.

Transforming Text Block Transforming Text Block

To apply text press OK in the Settings Panel or select another tool in the Toolbar. To cancel click on Cancel or use Esc.