Photoshop: My Text Won't Show Up On My Graphic....

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I have looked at all the tutorials, asked someone who is experienced in Photoshop, and they cannot tell me why, when I click on the horizontal Text button...choose a font, color and size...and the click on the picture upon which I want to place the text....but when I start typing, the text will not show up. It creates a layer on the lower right side with the word that I typed as the layer name....but the word will not show up on the graphic upon which I typed it. HELP!!!!
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Chris Cox

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Which product are you using?
Which version?
Which OS version?
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I am using Photoshop....version 2014.2.2......OS is Windows 7
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i FOUND MY SIMPLE SOLUTION...I HAD FORGOT TO PLACE THE LAYER ABOVE THE PHOTO, VISUAL I AM WORKING ON...Text does all it needs to do now....just checking to see if others have forgot that!LOL  Oh well....so many steps, can only remember so much stuff!LOL
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32 bit
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First try resetting Photoshop's preferences, or at least reset the text tool settings.
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I did both of those
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Chris Cox

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Go to the GPU maker's website, find the driver for your GPU model, download and install it.
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Mark Kremer

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Do you mean CPU??
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Chris Cox

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No, GPU - your video card.
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Mark Kremer

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I don't think mine is expandable, so I'm not sure I could update it. However, for the record, the program worked for the first two weeks I had it. It just stopped working a couple of days ago.
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No, you are updating the driver software for your video card, to pick up bug fixes made to that driver software.
Go to the GPU maker's website (will be Intel, AMD, or NVidia), get the driver update for your GPU mode, and install the update.
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Hiya Mark,

If your text is appearing in the Layers Panel but not in the document, then there could be a couple of things going on.  Chris is talking general issues with your video card.  It could also be that your text layer is incorrectly set and/or your text is appearing "behind" some other layer in your document.

STEP ONE -- I would suggest going to your Layers Panel and making sure that the layer with the text is set to 100% Opacity and 100% Fill, that its visibility is set to ON (the eyeball is visible to the left of the layer), and that the blending mode (to the left of Opacity) is set to "Normal".  

If that doesn't fix things then try...

STEP TWO -- hold down CTRL and double-click the THUMBNAIL of your text.  What happens on screen?

Thanks,
David
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It says "No pixels are more than 50% selected. The selection edges will not be visible." My opacity and fill are at 100% and it says normal. The layer is at the top....
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It sounds like you're trying to make a selection before adding text.  You can't do that.  Just activate the Type tool by pressing T (or the correct icon in the Toolbox) and then click in your document where you want to add your type.  That's it.
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the most common reason for this is you are choosing a text size that is too big for the area selected.
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Vicki Dvorak Copeland

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I had the same issue and tried a bunch of different things, but your comment was right on the money.  Thank you!
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Yup!  Fixed my problem!  Thank you
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I have the same problem ... when i write the text does not shown .. even its the top layer.. until i do zoom in or out to whole pic it shown...!!
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Can you include a screenshot, preferably including your Layers panel.  It sounds like something is just set up wrong.

Thanks,
David
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I had a similar problem that made no sense. I would type away and nothing would appear. I would check and make sure all of the rookie mistakes weren't being made (i.e. opacity, layering, etc.). I was finally messing around and found the issue. If you take a look at my attached screen grab, when I couldn't see my text, there were blank values in a lot of these fields instead of 0's. Once I went through and plugged in a value for each (particularly the one circled in red), suddenly my text showed back up. Maybe I accidentally hit a hotkey or something that caused a blank value to be inserted in the first place because I never touch the baseline shift (or maybe it was a weird bug), but this fixed my issue.
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When in doubt, you can always go to the Character Panel's flyout menu and simply click Reset Character.  Everything returns to default.

Hope that helps,
David
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I use Photoshop Elements 6.0 and had the same problem.  I fixed it by clicking on the AA (anti-aliased) button to the right of the font size selector.  I apparently had activated it accidentally.  My text appeared and I was able to resize it without having it disappear!
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I have tried everything written on this page to trouble shoot this issue. When I work on other projects I have started a few days ago I have no issues typing on those. When I am trying to work on new projects the type face wont show. I have tried EVERYTHING, and I am at the point of wanting to throw my computer at a wall. 
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Howdy Emily,

Well, please don't toss your machine at the wall.  I'm sure we can figure this out.

First, are you using Photoshop?  Which version?  On what kind of computer?  Running which operating system?

Next, what kind of graphic are you working with?  And you're sure that the Type layer is above your graphic layer in the Layers panel / layers stack?  And you are using the regular Type tool?

Let's start with that and work forward.  I'm also available for a web-hosted screenshare which would be a super fast way to get you working again.

Thanks,
David
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HI David, 

I have the newest verison of Photoshop. I just started with my company so they got me the newest of the new that they could, so its the 2018 version. I am using a Dell, and I am not sure of the operating system but it says "OptiPlex3040" I hope that helps. 

Yeah I went to school for art and took some graphic design classes so I know the basic things to look for with this issue. I am currently working on a 210" by 20" Escalator ad. But yes the type is on the top layer, it is on visible, opacity and all of that jazz is 100% and normal. I am using the regular type tool as well. I tried even resetting the type character. It's strange that I can write on all my older documents except anything new that I have created. 

Emily
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Good Morning, Emily,

If you're running a new Dell, then you're on some version of Win10.

Could you either post a screenshot from Photoshop or send me the file (my email is <my first name> (dot) mohr <at> adobe (dot) COM) or could we do a web-hosted screenshare?  That way I can see (and possibly interact with) this file and get you working quickly.  For the screenshare, all you need is a phone line (the number is toll free from every country I've tried in the last 20 years!), modern browser (Chrome works best), and internet connection.  You'll probably be asked to install the Adobe Connect plugin, but that's not a big deal and takes only a few seconds.

Let me know and we'll get this working again for you...

Thanks,
David
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 I am having the same problem. I have been trying to put text onto some shapes but al lI get is a  line with no text on it.  It was working fine with the rest of my layers, but not this one. Will do invisible text or the line if put into a text box...like sheesh!  I have all the updates, etc, photoshop cc....sigh...back at it...!
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Hey found simple solution...don't forget to place you typing layer ABOVE the layer you are putting it on...whew!!!:)  Simple layer placement .....of course....! SiLLLY ME!!