How Do I Create a Letter Size Document in Adobe Photoshop?

Photoshop CC 2014 can create documents of almost any size, including letter size. If you plan on printing a letter or any other project on letter-sized paper, use the "U.S. Letter" preset in Photoshop CC 2014 before beginning your work. If you're printing your project from a home printer, use the rulers to ensure your work doesn't go over the margins.

Photoshop's Print Settings menu displays a preview of your print project.
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Step 1

Select "U.S. Paper" from the Preset menu.
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Launch Photoshop and press "Ctrl-N," or select "New" from the File menu to create a new document. Click the "Preset" menu and select "U.S. Letter" to create a document that is exactly 8.5 inches wide and 11 inches high. Creating an International Letter is also an option, but this is a slightly different size.

Step 2

Specify your file settings and click "OK."
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Create a landscape document by typing "11" in the Width field and "8.5" in the Height field. Change any other settings as needed, but for most documents you can simply press "OK" to accept the default settings.

Step 3

Enable the Ruler option.
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Click the "View" menu and select "Ruler" to display rulers on the top and left side of the document.

Step 4

Use the Horizontal Text Tool to write a letter.
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Select the "Horizontal Text Tool" from the Toolbox to create a text box. Notice that marks appear on both rulers to show you exactly where the cursor is. Use the ruler to position the cursor where you want the text box to begin and then drag it across the canvas. Select a font style, size, text alignment and font color using the options in the Options bar above the document.

Step 5

The Print Settings window displays a preview of your letter.
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Select "Print" from File menu or press "Ctrl-N" when you're ready to print your document. If the Print option isn't visible, click the arrow-shaped "Move Tool" in the Toolbox to make Print available.

Tip

If you want to print a document that isn't already letter-sized, use the Scale Print Size option in the Print Settings window to resize the document on the paper.

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