How to underline text in Photoshop

If you are a Photoshop user, knowing how to underline text using this software is a vital skill. Whether you are making illustrations for websites, or creating different sorts of advertising materials, Photoshop gives you numerous approaches to make any adjustments, includinging altering font styles. In this article, we will show you how to underline text in Photoshop easily.

In order to work this out, you need to have a Photoshop file containing a text layer. If the text you want to underline is contained within the text layer, you can get the desirable result by following the instructions below.

Add underline in a current text in Photoshop

If you want to reformat a current text layer in a Photoshop picture, read the guide below to underline this text.

Step 1: Open your picture using Photoshop.

Step 2: Select the text layer in the Layers panel. If there is no Layers panel on your screen, you can press F7 on your keyboard and it will appear.

Step 3: In the toolbar, choose the Type tool.

Step 4: Click in the middle of the text which you want to underline.

Step 5: Select the entire text layer by pressing Ctrl + A (or Command + A on Mac).

Step 6: In the Character panel, click on the Underline button (which looks like the underlined letter “T”). If the Character panel is not present, you can display it by clicking the tab Window on the top of the screen, then choose Character.

Add underlined text in Photoshop picture

These are step by step instructions on how to underline text in Photoshop

Step 1: Run Photoshop. Click the File menu, select “New” to create a new image.

Step 2: On the Character pane, click the Underline button (which looks like the underlined letter “T”). If you cannot find the Character pane on your screen, click the Window tab and choose Character. You can also select the text font and color on thí pane.

Step 3: Choose the Type tool (T) on the toolbar. Click on the image where you want the text to be.

Step 4: Type the text. The result appears with an underline.

Note: If you are sending your picture to somebody whose PC does not have the necessary fonts, consider converting your text layers into images to ensure that your picture content will display correctly.

Method to create highlighted text in Photoshop

Step 1: Take a screen capture of the text section you want to highlight and open it in Photoshop. Choose the Brush tool from the toolbar or pressing B on the keyboard. A standard round brush will work, but a market brush can make it look more realistic. You can download such set of brush online and install to your system.

Step 2: From the tabs on the top of your screen, select Layer > New > New Layer or use the keyboard shortcut Shift + Ctrl/Cmd + N to create a new layer. You can rename this layer “Highlight”. Before proceeding to the following step, make sure you are on the new layer (“Highlight”) and not on the layer with the screen capture.

Step 3: Select the bright yellow color. Drag the brush over the whole content while holding down the Shift key to make the line straight. Make sure to cover the entire text with color.

If your text contains two lines or more, Photoshop may attempts to connect the recently highlighted line with the next one. To fix this problem, you can undo it by pressing the keyboard shortcut Ctrl/Cmd + Z, then paint the line again.

Step 4: Once all the text you want to highlight has been covered with color, right-click the “Highlight” layer and choose Blending Options. Under General Blending, select the Multiple blend mode from the drop down menu. You can also modify the opacity if you want to.

While highlighting a section of text, making all changes on a subsequent layer can help you experiment various settings without coincidentally ruining your original photo.


  • Your content should be in a text layer in order for these methods to work. If the text you are trying to underline is a piece of an image, you cannot use these techniques to underline it in Photoshop.
  • The same method can be applied to omit underline from any text in a text layer
  • To underline only a part of the text, select that particular section instead of the whole text. The instructions above on how to underline text in Photoshop can be done with or without the entire text layer.


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