How to Outline Text in Photoshop Cs2

By Craig Witt

Developed by Adobe Systems, Photoshop is one of the world's most widely used graphic design programs. It allows users to create and edit bitmap images and save them in a range of formats, including JPEG, GIF, PNG, and the program's own Photoshop Document (PSD) format. All versions of Photoshop, including CS2, also make the process of outlining text very quick. Once you know where to look, the process takes just minutes.

Step 1

Open your image file in Adobe Photoshop CS2.

Step 2

Single-click the "Horizontal Type Tool" icon. The icon is represented by a "T" shape and located in the Tools panel on the left side of the screen.

Step 3

Click and drag to create a new text box. Release your click after the box reaches your preferred size.

Step 4

Type your text in the newly created box when the cursor appears.

Step 5

Click "Window" in the top menu bar and select "Layers" if no check mark appears next to its name. Skip this step if the check mark is present.

Step 6

Single-click in a blank space on the Layers palette to de-select your newly created text box.

Step 7

Single-click the layer in the Layers palette that contains the text you added in Step 4.

Step 8

Click the "fx" button at the bottom of the Layers palette and select "Stroke."

Step 9

Click the "Color" box and select your preferred outline color. Increase the width of the outline by moving the "Size" slider to the right, or decrease the width by moving the slider to the left.

Step 10

Click "OK." The outline will be added to the text you created in Step 4 immediately.