selection boxes and text

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Jaime, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. Jaime

    Jaime Guest

    I'm editing a photo with lots of different layers. Each layer is quite
    large, lifted from a raw file. For some reason there are blue and grey
    boxes on my image that I can't get rid of. They are the same boxes that
    surround an image when you open it in photoshop and have a small square
    in the top left hand corner with a simbol that looks like an unopened
    envelope with a number next to it. The thing is, instead of one
    surrounding my whole image there are lots all over my image. Is it
    something to do with the layers, are they surrounding a layer and
    remain even when I turn the layer to invisable? I take it this is
    something to do with a particular setting I have them on perhaps!?

    Also I wanted to surround my text with a black outline but can't seem
    to find a way to do it? Anyone got any hints?

    Thanks a million guys :)
    A wanna be photoshop wiz ;)
    Jaime, Apr 25, 2006
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  2. Jaime

    Jaime Guest

    Well I've just looked again and some of the little symbols that look
    like unopened envelopes acctually look like boxes withing boxes, it
    seem there are two different symbols.

    Hope you can help!

    Miss Jaime Johnson :)
    Jaime, Apr 25, 2006
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    edjh Guest

    Turn off Slices. View>Slices.
    If you have a bunch that you want to get rid of, View>Clear Slices.
    edjh, Apr 25, 2006
  4. Sounds like you have slices showing. Select View>Show>Slices

    Make sure there is no check mark next to the Slices in the above.

    Larry Scripts, Apr 25, 2006
  5. Jaime

    Hunt Guest


    As Ed and Larry have said, you probably have Slices on. There should be a
    small # inside the boxes.

    To your second question: Make a new Layer, below your Text, but above the
    image Layer(s) and create your outline with the Shape Tool. This will create a
    Path, that can be Stroked with the Pencil, or Brush in your choice of color,
    to give you the desired outline. Do Not Fill the Shape, unless you want the
    Text to appear on a background, above the image Layer(s).

    Hunt, Apr 25, 2006
  6. Jaime

    Jaime Guest

    Hay thank you so much Ed, Larry & Hunt!

    You were exactly right and now my slices problem is solved! CHEERS, it
    was driving me mad.

    Only thing is i still can't really find a relyable way to outline text.
    I seem to only have a custom shape tool.

    Jaime, Apr 25, 2006
  7. Jaime

    Hunt Guest

    If I understand "outline text" as per your original post, you wish to have a
    shape around the type - rectangular? If you look at the Toolbox, on the right,
    and about 3 icons up (don't have PS running right now), you will see a
    rectangle (or a polygon), depending on what you used last. If you hold the
    mouse over this icon, there is a flyout menu with several choices. If I
    understand correctly, you want the rectangle. Click on it, then click-drag
    around the Text. This will create a Shape, that is basically a Path. You can
    Stroke and/or Fill this Shape to create a rectangular box around the text. Add
    another Layer, via the Layer Palette, New Layer Icon, and Stroke/Fill. Make
    sure that this new Layer is above your image (maybe Background [italics]
    Layer) and below your Type Layer (if you Fill). Set the Pencil (or Brush) to
    the Size and Color that you wish to use and from the Paths Options (little
    arrow in upper right) choose to Stroke/Fill Path.

    If this is NOT what you wish to do, let us know, and I'll bet that someone
    will have the solution for you.

    Hunt, Apr 26, 2006
  8. Here's a way to do the text outline.

    To have the text on a layer by itself, create a new layer.
    First set the foreground color to black.
    Then, set the background color to the color you want your text to be.
    Select the type tool to Horizontal Type mask tool.

    Click on the image and enter you text. Click the check mark.
    Your text will now appear as a selection.
    Select Edit>Fill and use the background color.
    The selection will now be the background color.
    Select Edit>Stoke and set the width to about 2 pixels and color black. Then OK.

    To move the text and border. You have to expand your selection by 1 pixel greater than the border width.
    You can then select the move tool. Click inside the text and then you can move it.

    You can now deselect. You should have text with a black border.

    Larry Scripts, Apr 26, 2006
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    tacit Guest

    They are slices. They are telling you that someone has used the Slice
    tool to slice up the image into a bunch of separate pieces for use on a
    Web site.

    You can turn off slices using the View menu, but they will still be
    there. If you do not want all the slices there, then select them all
    with the Slice Select tool and delete them, then turn off Slices in the
    View menu.
    tacit, Apr 26, 2006
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    KatWoman Guest

    make the text
    click the little f at the layers palette bottom
    select stroke
    choose color and size
    KatWoman, Apr 29, 2006
  11. Jaime

    KatWoman Guest

    forgot to say if you want see through text use the fill slider of the text
    layer on zero it will not affect the stroke fill
    KatWoman, Apr 29, 2006
  12. Jaime

    Jaime Guest

    Hi Katwoman

    That worked a treat! I knew there had to be a really simple way.

    Thanks a million :)

    Jaime, May 1, 2006
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