How to Move Text Lines Closer Together in Photoshop

Updated February 21, 2017

Your focus when using the Adobe Photoshop graphics program may be on the picture you're editing or drawing on screen, but adding text can be an ideal way to caption your image or add a bit of detail to the graphic. Text may be your entire graphic, as well, and with Photoshop, you have the ability to move and position your text on the screen and in the picture. With a couple of clicks, you'll be able to close the gap between your lines.

Open Photoshop, click "File" and select "Open." Browse to the image with the text to move closer. Look for a file with a ".psd" extension, which means that the picture is a Photoshop file, with text on movable layers. A graphic file such as a JPG or GIF would have flattened text layers, which are unmovable. Double click the file and it will open in the Photoshop workspace.

Pull down the "Window" menu and click "Layers" to open the "Layers" palette--it may already be open in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Review the layers; you should have a main graphic layer that may be called "Background" with your image, and at least two text layers, which have your words on the layer lines and a white rectangle with a "T" symbolising the layers are text layers.

Click one of the layers to highlight it; the layer becomes blue. Click the "Move" tool, which looks like a black arrow head and cross, on the top of the "Tools" palette. Drag the text layer into place with your cursor or use the arrow keys on the keyboard to nudge the text line up, down, left or right.

Click another layer of text on the "Layers" palette to give it focus. Repeat the dragging or nudging process until the lines are closer together as preferred. Continue to move any other additional lines of text you may have going layer by layer on the "Layers" palette.

Click the "File" menu and click "Save As." Type a new name for the image to ensure you don't overwrite the original and keep the ".psd" extension so your text lines remain editable for the future.

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Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.