How to Change Text Color in Photoshop

When you're trying to create a compelling digital image, color can make all the difference. This is especially true if text is prominent in your design, because it's easy for a text color to clash with the main photo. Below, we've outlined how to change text color in Photoshop, so you can create striking designs where the image and text serve as strong complements.


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Changing Text Color (Editable)

  1. First, open the image that you wish to edit, or start a new Photoshop project. Then, select the Text tool (it looks like a "T"). Click and drag anywhere on the image to create a text box, and then type in your text.  

  2. Before adjusting the color, you can choose a new font by clicking on the drop down menu in the left corner of the Text option bar (located above your image). Options for text size, alignment, and color can also be found on this toolbar. 

  3. Next, launch the Color Picker by clicking on the rectangular box filled with your current text color (it's on the right side of the Text option toolbar). A new window will appear, with a large color selector and a thin hue selector beside it. You can select a color by clicking on different areas of the Color Picker, or you can manually input a color code into the text boxes. 

  4. For even more control over the color, click the "Color Libraries" button to view specific libraries, such as Pantone. While this window is open, you can wield the Eyedropper tool to click anywhere on the image and retrieve a color, which you can then use for your text. When you're happy with the selection, click OK. 

  5. The Color Picker can also be used to change individual words and letters to a different hue. Just highlight the characters/words you'd like to change, and then proceed to Step 3. 


Changing Text Color (Rasterized)

  1. Text that you type into a Photoshop text box uses vectors, whereas rasterized text is converted into a static graphic. It's still easy to change the color of rasterized text, though. First, click on the icon for the Color Picker (foreground color), which is located on the main toolbar. 

  2. Next, select the Paint Bucket tool. Click on the first letter of text, and it should change to the foreground color that you selected. If some of the original color is left over around the edges, you can increase the Paint Bucket's Tolerance setting (located on the top toolbar). 

  3. When you're happy with how it looks, continue clicking on the other letters to change their color. Then, press Command+S to save your work. 

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