Elements: My text is not showing up on my photos.

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Can someone please help me? I seem to have messed up my text in Adobe Elements 9. When I try to add text to a photo, the font size is on 36, but when I go to type it, all that shows up is a small box. I can drag the box around, but when I type, nothing is showing up. I've also tried changing the font and that didn't make any difference. What have I done?!?!
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OK Brett, here is my latest screenshot....as you can (hopefully) see, I have the type tool pressed - as it was in my previous shot! - and all I have is the little blue box with the move tool next to it. Now, how do I make a text box because using the move tool, without text typed does not allow it. Only if I put in text - that I do not see - and THEN press the move tool and it shows tiny handles, do I get text. Is what you are saying, that I have to type text first, and then go to the move tool to enlarge it before I see it? If that's not it, then I'm confounded! As for linking computers, I'm not so sure I'm comfortable with that - I don't know about Valerie. Thanks, Jeanne
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I don't know if this is coming through for you but it's not showing for me. Maybe we can try again tomorrow at about 1 pm if that's ok.
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Finally below! Even though your mb reqmts said less than 2mb my orig picture was at 1mb...don't know why it didn't go through! Will talk more tomorrow if that's ok. Jeanne
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Jeanne and Valerie,

I ran into the same problem a few months ago -- text not appearing in the image and bizarre point sizes listed in the Options Bar.

I solved it by resetting the Text tool, rebuilding the Preferences and rebooting the computer. None of those methods initially fixed the problem, but out of frustration (and madness) I kept repeating those steps until it worked.

Hope this helps. Good Luck!

Ken
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I'm having that exact same problem with PS CS5! Tiny box and no text shows unless I put a ridiculously humongous text size...
Already reseted the tool and the preferences and nothing!
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I'm having that exact same problem with PS CS5!
Tiny box and no text shows unless I put a ridiculously humongous text size...
Already reseted the tool and the preferences and nothing!
Everything was working normally yesterday...
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Generally that means that your desired text size and the document resolution are out of whack. (like trying to use 12 pt type on a 1 dpi document)
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Thanks for the tip Chris. I think you've nailed this one.
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If resetting the tool doesn't work check the settings in Image>Resize>Image Size... (Elements) or Image>Image Size... (Photoshop CS5) dialog.

You probably have the resolution set really low or really high (in the example below it's set really low [ 1 ] which would exhibit this behavior):



If you set the resolution to something reasonable like 72 or 240, this behavior should work more like you expect.

I think this is the problem that MaryT, BlameTheCat and Valerie Potter are seeing with type being really small and point sizes not making any sense.
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Jeffrey, I was trying to put text on a 300 ppi photo, so that was not it...
But after some closing and opening and a few computer resets, it started working again!
I guess the mystery continues...
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I resized the resolution to 99 made a text box wrote in it same problem as before
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You can only use numbers up to 100 in that box it won't allow anything higher
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The resolution field is limited to between 1.0 and 9999.9999 -- it would only be limited to something smaller if that resolution made the document larger than Photoshop can support.

You probably should post a screen shot of your image size dialog on a document you can't change the resolution on.
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Is anyone still working on this issue?
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I've basically given up on it Valerie....I don't understand why no one over at PSE can figure out a seemingly common problem with THEIR program. It's now been going on for over 2 months and I am not a happy camper that I cannot just call them without having to pay EXTRA for the call to get it resolved once and for all!
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It's really not a common problem. There are millions of Photoshop users. There are two people encountering this issue. We are trying to help. Chris posted a request 1 day ago to post an screen shot of your Image Size dialog when you're seeing this issue. No one responded to Chris.

The other thing I would try is culling your fonts using a binary search to see if it's a problematic font causing the issue.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binary_s...
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I think I've finally solved it based upon the resolution size - see below. I do not know how it got to be this size as I had stated previously that I have my resolution set at a default of 72 and only change it manually UP higher! I also do not understand though why the width and height are so huge too.
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Glad to hear.
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Actually there are probably quite a number of people that may have it but fiddle faddle around until they can type. This post has about 4 or 5 people that had the problem. At any rate though, it would help us all if this issue could be put in the help menu.
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I seriously doubt it.  6 years later and it is STILL a POS.
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Thanks. Yup. That's the issue/solution we posted back in December. Glad you finally tried it.
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Where the F is the Resolution on the new version?????????????  This little box shown above does not exist inthe last PoS as of 11/2017.  So many people have this problem why can;t you fix it? Give a warning? Document? something instead of wasting HOURS reading this forum from 6 years ago ---0 this should not still be a problem.  Now what the hell do I do , go read more forums for more loser information??????????????
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This is what I got when I did resize>image>image size

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found the resolution and now it works but I reinstalled Photoshop as I had tried this in December and it did not work Thanks for your help
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I have elements 8 and I am having the problem with my text on pictures being very tiny, even on 72pt. Can someone offer help? I am totally new with this editing stuff! I reset the tools as suggested in earlier posts but it doesn't help.
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Hi Marsha, that's an extremely high rez image (you're zoomed out to 16.7 percent). You'll just want to specify a larger font size.
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OMG!! THANK YOU JEFFERY!!! resetting method works!! TYPING HAS NEVER BEEN SO FUN!
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I found a solution, personally, to this problem I was having too.

On the bottom right-hand side of the screen, there should be the "Layers" section.
I found that the "background" layer kept getting selected, instead of the layer I was working on.
By selecting the layer I was working on, I was then able to add a text box on that layer and see the text come up.
I hope that helps.
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I can not get text in the Horizontal Text Block as the text is huge! See attached image. The size is set to 6. the photo is normal. I have not been able to add any text to any photo.
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Looks like your text is going behind a mask. If you put your text on the top most layer does it show correctly?
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Also when opening Horizontal Text Box there is no cursor seen inside the box.
Where is the cursor?
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The only time I've seen that happen is when the type size was HUGE compared to the size of the type box (i.e.: 4 inch type for a half inch box).
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What is the resolution on the image? Text Point size is tied the to the resolution of the document. For example, if your image is using a resolution of 300, a 6 point font is kinda small. If your image has a resolution of 1, a 6 point font is really, really, very small. In fact, a 12 point font on a 300 dpi image is the same size as a 3200 point font on a 1 dpi image.

This is 3200 point font in a 1 dpi image. There is a whole bunch of text between the "s" and "d" that is 6 point.
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my resolution pixel/inch size is 32,768. (scanned photo)
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Ok....zeroing-in on problem. It's my image resolution 'size'. If I open a 72 pixel/inch photo I can put text on it. When I open a 32,768 pixel/inch photo I can't find a way to put text on it. Question: how do I get text on a scanned photo showing up at 32,768 pixels/inch? (since most of my recently scanned photos are at that resolution!) Thanks for your reply!
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That's a pretty insane number to use when scanning, I don't think your printer will support such a thing. But really resolution/dpi is just a print setting. It has little meaning to the quality of the image, except in how text is rendered. Just change the DPI setting of your images (Image > Image Size, turn off Resample). Probably a good idea to change the setting in the scanner as well. Just set it to whatever the maximum size your printer handles.
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Does anyone at Phoroshop have instructions for 2017?????
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not sure how to change the dpi. I changed the pixel size from 32,768 to 1000 and the photo looks terrible. Exactly what do I need to change to get the dpi down for text?
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Choose Image>Resize>Image Size...

uncheck "Resample Image" and put a smaller value in the Resolution field. (72-300)
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Criminy! I had to change the COLOR of the text to see it!