What's the easiest way to do it? I know CSS could just set background color of text very easily. And fireworks was able to do that. But I can't make it work now. I know there is a harder way: putting a rectangle below the text. Or putting the text inside the rectangle.

  • Are you asking simply how to change the color of text in Photoshop?
    – Hanna
    Oct 14, 2012 at 4:21
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    :) I'm asking about changing the background color, not text color. It could be think of as the fill color of the invisible textbox containing the text.
    – randomor
    Oct 14, 2012 at 4:56

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There is no text box colour in Photoshop. The only way is to draw rectangular shape layer below the text layer (you could also use a bitmap layer).

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Yep, that's different to some other design software.


Another way would be to:

  1. make a layer behind
  2. make a rectangular selection and fill it with color


use a thick stroke XD

  • For the stroke, simply right-click the text layer and select Blending Options.... Then activate Stroke, select it, set the Size to 10, set the Position to Outside and change the Color, because black on black doesn't look so good! ;D
    – qräbnö
    Aug 8, 2019 at 17:07

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