Find and Replace Words or Characters in Photoshop

Now that more people are using Photoshop to produce larger quantities of text, it's possible to encounter a situation where you need to replace a word that appears multiple times within a single file. Suppose, for example, you created an animation in Photoshop that contained 30 type layers. Each layer contained essentially the same text, but moved the text to a different location on the screen, so when the animation was played back, it appeared to jump all over the page. What if you needed to change one of the words that happened to be located on all 30 layers? Photoshop's Find And Replace Text command makes this task quick and painless.

TRY IT To find and replace words or characters on a single layer in Photoshop, select the layer that contains the text in question from within the Layers palette (choose Window I Layers). Then choose Edit I Find And Replace Text. (If you're hoping to find and replace text across multiple layers, simply choose Edit I Find And Replace Text.) In either case, you're presented with a dialog box such as the following, where you can specify the text to find and, if necessary, the text with which to replace it.

Enter text to be found

Enter new text if found text is to be replaced

Uncheck to search only the current layer

Uncheck to search layers below the current one in the layer order (within the Layers palette)

Check to limit the search to only whole words (for example, a search for "jump' would not find "jumping")

Check to only search for words with the same case you entered

Click to only find, not replace

Check to only search for words with the same case you entered

Click to only find, not replace

Click to change a single occurrence after it's been "found" with the Find Next button

Click to change a single occurrence after it's been "found" with the Find Next button

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