Hello I'm fairly new to using Photoshop so this might be a dumb question but i'm doing a poster where the background is black and white and i'm trying to make the colour of the font in the text box a certain colour but it stays black and white no matter what i do... please help.
Thanks for all the help, I solved this by creating by desired test on an entirely different document and then making a selection of the letters (ctrl-click on T) and then pasting into the original document. The colours, font, font size, font style, and leading all stayed the same through the copy/paste process.
You've done that a peculiar way, and should you come to change that text, it'll not be text anymore. Ctrl clicking on the text layer will select the outline, you've copied the contents as an image and then pasted them into another document. The result of that will be a pixel layer, not a text layer. Another method that would have retained the text-layer would be to create the layer in a new document then drag it into your original document (with your source document selected, click and drag the layer from the layers panel into your target document's window.) Or with your source document highlighted, double-click the T icon on its layer to select all the text within that layer, ctrl+C to copy the text, change to target document, use Text tool to create a new text layer and ctrl+V to paste into it.
But that's convoluted and unnecessary.
You don't describe what methods you've tried, but these are the ways I use to change text colour:
If you have the text layer selected, select the text tool and use the tool-options to the top of the screen to change colour.
If you go to the Window | Character panel, you can change colour there. The position of your character tab will probably vary from mine.
Using the character panel method allows you to change the colour of specific characters that you select within the layer.