Photoshop: How do I change the color of text that's already been created?

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I'm using PS5--Using Classroom In A Book--First lesson-- When typing text in a photo and selecting a color to apply to the text, the color will chage in foreground color, tools panel but not the text. Tried it on several photos w/o success!! Help!! Thanks --Ken Crossland
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There is some subtlety to how text can be colored in Photoshop. If you change the foreground color prior to creating the text, the text inherits the foreground color.

If you've already created your text layer, you change it by making sure your text layer is selected in the Layers Panel, and changing the text color in the Text Tool options bar at the top of the screen:



If you have text selected on the canvas, changing the color in the options bar will only change the selected characters:



If you just have the blinking insertion cursor selected in your text, it won't change the color of any of the existing text, but if you type new letters at the insertion point, it will use the new color (Red in this case):



Hope that helps.