Text Tool
Text Tools

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

    Font Family. The drop-down list contains a set of system fonts that can be used when typing.

    Style. The list contains different variations of the chosen font.

    Font Size (1-1500). The parameter sets the size of the characters (in points).

    Text Settings (in form of icons):


      - all lowercase

      - Capitalize (All Initial Caps)

      - Subscript

      - Superscript

      - Underline

      - Strikethrough

    Color. The current text color is shown on the color plate. Click on the color plate to open the Select Color dialog box where you can specify the color of the text. You can sample color directly from the image with the Eyedropper tool. Also, the color of the text can be set using the Color, Swatches, or Color Wheel panels.

    Anti-Aliasing. The button turns on anti-aliasing for the font.

    Alignment Options:

      - Align Left

      - Align Center

      - Align Right

      - Justify

    Margin Options. You can adjust space between text and the bounding box (in pixels):

      - Left Margin

      - Right Margin

      - Indent First Line

    Note: To open the formatting options panel, you can double-click on the thumbnail of the text layer in the Layers panel.


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

Context menu

    Undo. The command lets you undo a last change. The hotkey is Ctrl+Z.

    Redo. The command lets you reapply a previously undone change. The hotkey is Ctrl+Y.

    Cut. The command removes the selected fragment while taking it to a clipboard. The hotkey is Ctrl+X.

    Copy. The command duplicates the selected fragment to the clipboard. The hotkey is Ctrl+C.

    Paste. The command lets inserting data from the clipboard. The hotkey is Ctrl+V.

    Delete. The command removes the selected fragment without saving it to the clipboard. The hotkey is Delete.

    Select All. The command selects entire text on this layer. The hotkey is Ctrl+A.

    Convert to Text Block/Convert to Free Text. The command changes the type of text.

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.