In the old days, if you wanted to combine photographic images with text, you needed special software. After preparing your photos in an editing program like Photoshop, you would need to import each image into a graphic illustration program like Adobe Illustrator. Once imported into this additional (and you guessed it - Expensive) program, you could then add text and make interesting layouts.
Not so anymore. While Illustrator will allow you to do super fancy design layouts, Photoshop (especially the most recent version) now lets you control many aspects of type. For us photographers, Photoshop has more than enough to offer when it comes to text.
The order of events when adding text usually follows this pattern:
The possibilities are too many to mention here. Explore the Text and Character palettes to discover the look you like the most. Simply experiment with the options while some or all of your text is highlighted; this will show you exactly how the change is going to affect your text.
Simply highlight the text again and make your desired changes. To edit text after it has been committed, make sure the Type tool is your currently selected tool and click on the text area.
To move it while you are still in the text edit mode, move your cursor away from the text until the cursor changes into the Move tool. Click and drag to reposition your text to where you would like it to be placed. To move it after committing text changes, select the Move tool from the Tool palette and reposition your text.
You can also change the color of your font. Click on the small color patch in the Text Options bar, the Character palette, or the Text dialog box. A font color that contrasts with the background works best - it is easiest for the eye to read. A dark text on a light background is easier on the eye than white text on a dark background.
There you have it. Now go to town typing up a storm. Have fun combining words to photos. If you would like to see some examples, visit my new gallery entitled "Inspirational" at www.Miotke.com, where I place biblical and other inspirational quotations on some of my favorite images.