Justify Text in Photoshop Elements

Photoshop Elements (PSE) is keeping a secret from us! Did you know you could do a “full” text justify in PSE?  Let’s take a look at this feature.

I am using PSE 2018 for this tutorial and screenshots, but I believe this might work in other PSE versions as well. (PSE 15 has been tested successfully).

When you select the Text Tool, you see 3 options in the Tool Options at the bottom of the page:  Left Justify, Center Justify, and Right Justify.


Here is an example of each type of justification.

You would think because there are only 3 options in the Tool Options, that there are only 3 options available, right? Not true!

Select the Type Tool, and draw out a text box. Type your text in the box.

There is a shortcut you can use to get a full justification:  With your text selected, Control + Shift + J will fully justify your text, expanding each line to give you straight edges on the right and left sides.

Full justification looks really nice, especially when writing in column format. So if you decide to write a Christmas newsletter, and decide to use columns, remember this trick: Control + Shift +J!



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Comments (5)

  1. Cathy L Vernon

    Thank you Karen, You are always teaching us such awesome tips! I can honestly say this is one I did not know but will truly use!

    December 9, 2017 at 11:40 am
  2. Lynne Faulknor

    I have wished for this option many times when journaling on a digital scrapbook page. I had no idea this was possible. Thank you so much for sharing!

    December 11, 2017 at 5:04 am
    • Karen

      I’m so glad this was helpful for you, Lynnne! Thanks for letting me know!

      December 11, 2017 at 7:34 am
  3. Maybe I missed this tip, but it should be noted that you will need to type all of your dialogue directly into the box after it is created… You cannot cut and paste text directly into the “justify box”, which would be really helpful if it was possible (lousy typist – no auto correct in Adobe).

    February 11, 2019 at 1:12 pm
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