Post by Sepiana on Jun 22, 2017 4:25:18 GMT
The text you create in Elements is a vector text, i.e., each character consists of lines and curves instead of pixels. This means that your text will be editable as well as scalable. Just like in a word processor, you can edit your text after you enter it. You can also make it smaller or larger and it won’t get blurry when you print it. Unfortunately, as text in Elements is not made up of pixels, there are certain things that you cannot do to your text because the tools used are pixel-based. Ex.: Apply filters; paint with the Brush tool; use the Clone Stamp tool, the Eraser tool, etc. If you insist in doing any of these things, Elements will display this pop-up message.
Once you click on the OK button, Elements will simplify your text, i.e, it will convert it to pixels. Now you will be able to use pixel-based tools such as the ones mentioned above. Keep this in mind though! Simplifying text (converting it to pixels) has a few downsides:
1. You can no longer edit your text.
2. If you try to enlarge your text, it will display jagged edges.
3. You cannot revert the process and change your text back to vector.
Fortunately, this can be addressed with a very simple workaround.
1. Duplicate the text layer (Ctrl-J, Cmmd-J on a Mac).
2. Turn off the visibility on the original text layer.
3. Simplify the duplicate text layer by doing one of the following:
- Layer>Simplify Layer
- Right-click on the text layer and select "Simplify Layer" in the drop-down menu.
It is not necessary to simplify your text layer if you need to merge it with a photo layer (or another text layer). Why not? Because there are some situations in which Elements will automatically proceed with the simplifying process without first opening that pop-up dialog to ask for your permission. This means that, if you jump the gun and simplify your text before doing the merging, you are just creating an extra step in your workflow. Let Elements do its job! You paid for it!