Knowing how to underline text in Photoshop is a useful skill, especially if you’re a graphic designer creating images for websites or producing other types of marketing materials. Photoshop offers many ways to change the appearance of text, such as the font of the text, and almost any design change you need to make can be done in the software.
The following steps show you how to underline text in Photoshop when the text is in a layer. Photoshop automatically creates new levels of text every time you add text to an image in the software, so you can get the underlined text result as long as your Photoshop file contains that layer.
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How to Underline text in Photoshop
This article explains how to select all or part of the text in a type layer and underline the selected text. If the text you are trying to underline is part of an image and not a separate text layer, you must manually draw a line under the text or create a new text layer.
- Open the file containing the text you want to underline in Photoshop
- Click the text layer in the Layers panel that contains the text you want to underline.
- Click Window at the top of the Photoshop window, then click the Font or Character option. If there is a checkmark next to the font or character option, you do not need to click it, as this indicates that the Character panel is already visible.
- Click the text tool in the toolbox on the left side of the window.
- Use the text tool to select the text you want to underline.
- Click Underline in the Character panel on the right side of the window.
How do I make an underline thicker in Photoshop and also add color?
From the Character panel menu, choose Underline Options or Strikethrough Options.
Do one of the following and click OK:
- Select Underline On or Strikethrough On to enable underline or strikethrough for the selected text.
- To increase the weight, select a weight or value to determine the thickness of the underline or strikethrough.
- For type, select one of the options underlined by the Strikethrough menu.
- Offset, determines the vertical position of the line. Displacement is measured by the baseline. Negative values adjust the underline above the baseline and the strikethrough below the baseline.
- Select Overprint line if you want to ensure that the line does not wash out underlying inks in a printer.
- Choose a color and shade. If you select a line type other than solid, choose a white color or shade to change the appearance of the area between the dashes, dots, or lines.
- Select overprint stroke or overprint space if the underline or strikethrough is printed over a different color and you want to avoid errors that can occur with incorrect print registration.
How to Remove Underlined Text in Photoshop
This is most likely the underline (baseline) when creating a text layer and should disappear when you commit the text. I think this represents the baseline of the text and is for visual reference only. You can hide it while typing by pressing the keyboard shortcut key Ctrl/Cmd+H or by selecting the hand icon.
The text must be underlined if the text is on a text layer in a Photoshop PSD file. You cannot underline Photoshop text if it is part of an image using this method.
The same method can be used to remove underlines from the text in a type layer. However, if it’s part of the text on a layer that you want to underline, select only the portion of the text. You don’t have to apply the underlined text method in Photoshop to the entire text layer at once.
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