How to Use the Note Tool in Photoshop

This week’s tutorial is in response to a request from Susan:  “Can you recommend an easy way to remember fonts, kit names, designers’ names, or just anything at all that I want to be able to remember on a page I create?”

I’m happy to say that there is an easy way for Photoshop users to keep notes on their pages, and that is with the Note Tool. (Photoshop Elements has a place to store information as well:  File -> File info.  It is located about halfway down the dropdown. Click to open it and you can list whatever like.)

In Photoshop, the Note tool is nested with the Eye Dropper Tool in the Tool Panel.  Left-click on the Eyedropper Tool to access the other tool options, then click on the Note Tool.


Once you have clicked on the Note Tool, move your cursor into your document.  Your cursor will change into a small note icon. Click anywhere in the document, and a small yellow note icon will be added. It doesn’t matter where you click; you can move the note out of the way later.


A Notes Panel will open and you can type whatever reminders you would like to keep for reference.


Once you are finished making your notes, you can move the note icon off your document into the canvas, if you like.  Save your document as a PSD (or TIFF) file, and your notes will be available for you the next time you open your document.


Thanks, Susan, for this helpful tutorial suggestion!

I put together a quick video tutorial on this subject which you can view on the  Karen Schulz Designs YouTube Channel.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Comments (15)

  1. […] How to Use the Note Tool in Photoshop – 1 freebie(s) […]

    February 6, 2016 at 9:47 pm
  2. Barbara A Centeno-Cannon

    Thank you! Great tip!

    August 17, 2019 at 9:50 am
    • Karen

      You’re welcome, Barbara. I hope you find it helpful!

      August 17, 2019 at 12:20 pm
  3. Margaret

    Hello Karen, clicking on the “Using the Note Tool in Photoshop” provides me a 404 page.
    I do hope you can see some light at the end of the remodel tunnel!

    August 17, 2019 at 2:49 pm
    • Karen

      Can you try another browser, Margaret? Send me an email if you are still having trouble. Thanks for the remodel encouragement too! I need it!

      August 18, 2019 at 7:02 am
  4. Joyce Korenuk

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. It will come in handy

    August 17, 2019 at 6:46 pm
    • Karen

      You’re welcome, Joyce!

      August 18, 2019 at 7:01 am
  5. Pam K

    Thanks for the tip, Karen. When I remembered (actually had time), I would just type all the info on a blank page under the background of my layout. I use PSE & didn’t know about the “File Info” tool. Using that will be so much better!!

    August 18, 2019 at 7:12 am
  6. Judy

    Karen, you did offer up this tip a while back, and it is the best thing since sliced bread… I had notes on paper everywhere of font I used, kits, template etc.. and now I use this exclusively! It is a great, easy, accessible way to keep track of these things, thanks for sharing then and now! ?

    August 19, 2019 at 6:52 am
  7. Mary

    Is there anything in Elemants 19 like this? I don’t have photoshop

    August 19, 2019 at 12:41 pm
    • Karen

      Not to my knowledge, Mary. But there is something like this that you can use in ACDSee. Do you use that software?
      EDIT I opened PSE 2019 and it is available there: File > Info. I’m not sure about previous versions. 🙂

      August 20, 2019 at 6:31 am
      • Mary

        No I dont use that,but thanks fro responding

        August 20, 2019 at 9:21 am
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