How To Highlight Text Background In Photoshop

How To Highlight Text Background In Photoshop

A simple tutorial to highlight text in Adobe Photoshop

If you’re wondering how to change the text box background color in adobe photoshop, you’re not alone.

Unfortunately photoshop doesn’t have a text background effect built in (which is quite odd), but luckily there are some easy workarounds to add a highlighted text effect in photoshop.

Whether you’re a photoshop beginner still learning how to work with text in photoshop or you’ve been using photoshop for graphic design for a while, this tutorial breaks down editing text, working with the rectangle tool, converting text to shapes and the easiest ways to add background color to text. We’ll also cover how to change text background color and how to center align layers in photoshop to make editing easy and simple.

How To Highlight Text In Photoshop – 2 Simple Ways

Essentially there are two ways to add a solid color background to your text in photoshop. Neither is perfect, but they get the job done.


The first way is simply to create a rectangle with the shape tool in photoshop. Set the color of the rectangle to your desired background color, and then drag and resize that rectangle underneath your text layer.

adobe photoshop beginner tutorial working with text


The second method is similar to the first, but instead of manually creating the rectangles, we’ll create them by duplicating our text layer, turning the text into an object, and then transforming that object into one cohesive text background. Use a color overlay of your choice. It sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is – Watch the video for an easy step by step tutorial for adding background colors to your text.

adobe photoshop beginner tutorial working with text

That’s how to add a background color to your text in photoshop.

The highlight text effect is a super simple way to make your text pop, and hopefully in the future Photoshop will add this feature by default so you don’t have to recreate the look manually!

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