How to Add Text

How to Add Text

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How to Add Text to your Photos and Images

Any photo can be made extra special by adding the right words. This tutorial demonstrates some of the many text features available in PaintShop Pro.

Before you begin, you can download the free text preset that is used in this tutorial. Save this file (named Preset_TextEx_Spring.pspscript) to your PaintShop Pro Presets folder. Usually you can find this folder at file path C:\Users\YOURNAME\Documents\Corel PaintShop Pro\2018\Presets.

To get started working with the text tools, open your image in PaintShop Pro and make sure you are in the Edit workspace.

This is the photo that will be used in this example. You can find this photo in the Samples folder, located where you have PaintShop Pro installed. The file name of this photo is Spring.

To activate the Text tool, click this icon.

The Interactive Property Bar lists all of the text options. Here you can set the font and size, font color for text fill, stroke color for text outlines, and several other options. The stroke width in this example is 10, for bold edges that will be easy to see. And the text is created as a Vector so that it can easily be edited later.

In addition to the font and stroke color swatches on the Property Bar, you can also use the swatches on the Materials palette. The swatch on the top left sets the stroke color; the one on the bottom right sets the font color (fill or pattern).

For a transparent fill, click the checkerboard icon on the fill swatch. For a stroke that matches the flowers in the photo, choose a purple color from the palette.


To start the text, click on the photo where you want the text to start. Then type the characters Spring is Here!

After typing the text, click the Apply icon in the Property Bar, or double-click on the photo.

After the text is created, it is selected.

Because the text is a vector, it is placed on a new vector layer.

While the text is selected, and the Text tool is active, you can use the drag handles to stretch, widen, or shrink the text.

You can also move the text by dragging the center handle, or rotate it by dragging the handle to the right of the center.

Moving, rotating, and resizing can also be done while the text is selected with the Pick tool.

Because the text is a vector, while the Text tool is active, all aspects of the text can be changed. For example, you can click in the text, highlight some or all of the words, and edit them.

After your changes are made, double-click to exit the editing.

You can also change the font of the entire text string, or of selected words, such as the last word in the string in this example.

To add a fill to the text, click the Font Color swatch (or the Fill swatch in the Materials palette).

There are several fill options for text. You can click the Pattern tab and choose one of the preset images to use as fill.

Here is what our text looks like with a pattern fill.

Any image that’s open in PaintShop Pro can be used as a fill for text. For example, you can open this Green photo in PaintShop Pro (from the same Samples folder that contains the Spring photo).

This image now appears in the Pattern tab. For any fill pattern, you can adjust its angle or scale.

Here is what our text looks like with the Green sample image used as a pattern for the text fill.

PaintShop Pro also comes with several preset text styles. As long as a text string is selected, any preset you choose will be applied to the text. To access text presets, click this icon:

There are several presets to choose from, and at the end of the list are some others that can be downloaded for free. In this example, the Rainbow preset is selected.

Here is what our text looks like when the Rainbow preset is applied. This preset has a color gradient for fill, and a zero stroke width so that no outlines appear.

Other font color options are solid fill:

Here is what our text looks like with a solid color fill.

Or you can add a texture to a solid color.

Now say you want to save the original text style as a preset. Here’s the original text string, rotated back to be horizontal.

The fill pattern was changed to a color gradient called Landscape.

Make sure the text string is selected, and that its correct properties appear along the Property Bar. Click the Preset icon and be careful not to pass your cursor over any preset name, or that preset will be applied. Click the Save icon.

Assign a preset name such as “Spring,” and the new preset appears in the list.

Now we’ll move on to another text feature called text wrapping. Wrapping text is when text automatically fits inside a vector shape.

First, click the eye icon to turn off the visibility of the current text layer, to clear the display.

For the shape that will be created, click the New Layer icon and add a new vector layer.

Activate the Preset Shape tool.

In the Property Bar, click the Shapes list  and choose the Heart shape. Uncheck Retain Style, so that fill will be applied to the shape.

Use the fill swatch to set a solid fill.

Drag from corner to corner to create the heart shape.

For the wrapped text, add one more vector layer. You can type in the text, or you can select text from a website or document, and copy it with Ctrl + C.

Activate the Text tool, set the font and size, and use a transparent stroke (or zero stroke width) and a fill color that will contrast with the heart color.

When the Text cursor is inside the shape, its icon becomes a T surrounded by brackets; this indicates that the text will be wrapped.

Click anywhere on the heart to start the text. The cursor automatically jumps to the top of the shape.

To bring in the copied text, right-click in the heart and choose Paste or use Ctrl + V. The copied text fills the shape, and whatever doesn’t fit goes outside the shape.

You can also use Paste to Fit, which adjusts the font size so that the entire text string fits inside the shape.


The final text feature in this tutorial is filling text with an image.

In this example, a new text string using the “Spring” preset  is added in the area of the flowers, at the bottom of the photo.

To see how the filled text will look, click the Cutter Preview icon.

The text edges and fill disappear, leaving just the photo below. The rest of the image is grayed out.

Adjust the text size if needed, then click the Text Cutter icon.

This creates a new image with filled text on a transparent background.

TIP: you can save this new image with the filled text as a new file to use in other projects. Just make sure to save it as a PNG file if you want to preserve the transparent background.

The new text image can be added to the Spring photo, either by dragging it from one window to another, or by using Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V to copy and paste.

Once you have added your new text to the image, you can resize and reposition it with the Pick tool.

The original text is still part of the image, on a layer that was turned off when the text was cut.

For another way to do something similar, create a new text string as a Selection, rather than a Vector.

After placing the text and double-clicking to complete, the text disappears except for a dotted outline.

Then you can use the Pick tool to move this text selection to a new spot.

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Comments (11)

  • Dallas Brogden Reply

    When trying to add text as a selection, my pick tool moved the background image instead of the floating text. I don’t know how to fix it so the text moves instead of the base image layer.

    April 19, 2020 at 10:15 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Dallas,

      It sounds like you may have the wrong layer selected by mistake! Check your layers palette in the bottom right and make sure the vector layer containing your text is highlighted.

      Discovery Center Team

      April 19, 2020 at 8:54 pm
  • butterfly Reply

    Where is the “paste to fit”

    April 13, 2020 at 3:16 pm
    • gilliandarby Reply

      Hi butterfly,

      The “paste to fit” command is in a right-click menu:
      1. From your browser or another program, copy your source text to the Clipboard.
      2. In PaintShop Pro, choose an existing vector shape, or create a vector shape.
      3. Choose the Text tool , and click inside the vector shape.
      4. Right-click and choose Paste-to-Fit from the context menu.

      Hope this helps!
      The Discovery Center team

      April 17, 2020 at 12:10 pm
    • Kevin Reply

      Hi I have a photo and I am trying to put text of all the players and what the did in their career. I can not get text to go to other line it will just go strate thanks

      January 28, 2021 at 8:34 am
  • Bob Briley Reply

    Fabulous and timing is perfect as I was working on this very topic

    Very easy to follow and understand. I am actually going out as suggested for other tutorials.



    December 12, 2019 at 6:25 pm
  • wilber2 Reply

    I’m pulling my hair out trying to find out why the text layer is not allowing me to move it, its not justified anywhere its to low to be center and too right. It keeps putting a gap in the text center, any help?

    December 10, 2019 at 10:29 pm
  • Susan Reply

    I haven’t searched yet, but I would like to do a watermark/transparent text. Is that in the tutorials?

    August 27, 2018 at 10:59 pm
  • Ray Reply

    The tutorial on adding text in Pain Shop pro is one of the best tutorials I’ve seen. It proceeds at a realistic pace, the graphics are legible, the mouse is visible when going to a new location, the narration is not too fast, and the context is progressive and clear.

    August 27, 2018 at 2:38 am

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