New to Photoshop: I want to enlarge the text box ... it's stretching the text box instead


I'm very new to Photoshop, as you'll be able to tell by this question. I have a text box in a .PSD file that I want to enlarge, so I can add more text. When I drag the text box handles, all it's doing is stretching the text, making it look very weird.

How can I only enlarge th text box and leave the text itself the same height and width? Thanks.
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Make sure you are using the Text Tool and NOT the Move tool.
In Photoshop you can actually have two kinds of text: artistic text and paragraph text.

The artistic text is created when you click any where with the text tool and begin typing. The paragraph text is created when you DRAG with the text tool on any area of the image.
Now, if you select a layer with artistic text and try to move the text box, the text gets deformed, not the same happens with the paragraph text box: if you move the control handles you´re simply transforming the width of the column of text.

Hope this helps!

So to sum up just drag out your text box first
Cactus1993OwnerAuthor Commented:
I guess I'm not explaining this very well.  

If I click on the layer of text box I want to make bigger, and click the Move pointer (Arrow with cross in first slot under Ps on the left side toobar,) a box surrounds my text, and has handles on it. If I grab the right side handle with the arrow and drag to the right, it just skews all the text, and stretches it sideways.

As I think Philip suggested, if I click on the T, or text, tool in the left side toolbar, and drag across the text, it highlights the text and I can type in there, but a box never appears around the text that I can drag to make the text box bigger.

I just want to make my existing text box bigger -- not stretch it or the text within it. I can't believe it's this hard for me to figure out. Thanks.
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If you've already done the type, and there's quite a lot, I would just highlight this text copy it. Delete that type layer, then select the type tool again and click and drag a text box on a new type layer. It seems bonkers that adobe don't give you the chance of defining whether the text box is either artistic or paragraph text after the fact.


once you've defined your paragraph text box on it's own layer, when you have the text tool selected if you press the cmd or ctrl key the box will appear so you can adjust without switching tools.

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Cactus1993OwnerAuthor Commented:
I thought about just doing it that way, but that was kind of giving up. I can't believe after I've created a text box with text in it, I can't change the size or shape of the text bounding box without changing the font size with it.
I just wanted the type to wrap in the box as the box size was changed, and make the box size fit the text and not the other way around.

Sure it can't be done, with copy and pasting my existing text into a new text box?

afraid not :(
Cactus1993OwnerAuthor Commented:
David BruggeCommented:
Perhaps I can show by example what JF0 was saying to do, and what Philip was expanding on.

You can make a text layer active without making the text object active. To make the text object you have to double-click on the text "T" icon. You will know when you have made the text active, when all of the text on that layer becomes selected (Highlighted and reversed out)

Your bounding box will be a dotted line. (fig 1) If you mover your cursor over one of the anchor points and move them, the bounding box changes sizes and the text re-flows inside.

If, however, your text object is not active, you can still select the text object and resize it. Under these conditions, the bounding box will be a solid line (fig 2) When you move one of the anchor points, your entire object will change size along with the text inside.

BTW, once you have made the text active, you can click anywhere inside of the text block to deselect the text, (much like you would do if you were adding additional text to the end of a line. Doing this will hide the highlighted and inverted txt, but you can still change the bounding box. This is why the example in fig 1 does not have highlighted text.

Cactus1993OwnerAuthor Commented:
Hi D Brugge:

Thanks for your help. I think my problem is I'm not getting the bounding box. I select the text layer, click the T tool, double-click the text, and all that happens is the text becomes underlined. I can't get the dotted bounding box you're referring to.

Am I somehow not activating the tool or the text box correctly?  I attached a screen shot of what I'm seeing when I follow the instructions above. Thanks. Tim.
Your problem is you're not clicking and dragging to make the bounding box, you must just be clicking and releasing too soon.

When you have the text tool selected click and drag to create your text box, you'll know you're doing it right because the box you can see will be like when you use the marquee tool a dotted line. From your screenshot that's the artistic text, not paragraph text, paragraph text never underlines.

I've uploaded a movie to show you
David BruggeCommented:
You are not seeing a bounding box because you have artistic paragraph and not text paragraph type. I can see that by the anchor point under the circle in the example below.

You create artistic type by selecting your text tool, clicking anywhere on your image and starting to type. The text will continue in a straight line until you use the enter key to put in a carriage return/paragraph mark at which point, the text will continue on the next line.

Artistic type does not have a bounding box, so you can't adjust it. You can go back and delete some paragraph marks and put them in somewhere else if you want you line breaks to appear somewhere else, or you can do as Phillip suggested earlier and cut and paste into a text paragraph.

I actually had a hard time recreating your example. In the end, I had to type your text, putting carriage return/paragraph marks at the end of each line.
Then I had to select the text and click at the end of the line to turn off the highlighted text, then hit Ctrl+T (transform) to get the bounding box at the same time that the text was selected.

Try looking at Phillips first post again. Highlight your text and cut it. Then, with the text tool still active, click and drag a rectangle the size of your new text box. Release your mouse key and paste into this area. You will have to go in and remove your carriage returns, but you will now be able to resize your bounding box at will.
David BruggeCommented:
opps, forgot to post the example...

Just a silly point, but when I say click and drag, the action is click and keep holding the mouse button down and drag. I know it seems daft to mention this but that would be where you would come a cropper if you didn't hold the mouse button down. Now I'm away to add music to my youtube example LOL (then again maybe not)
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