How To Slant Text In Photoshop

Slanting text is one of the text-manipulation techniques available in Photoshop. You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for simple, quick, and effective methods to tilt or slant your text. We’ll demonstrate three different ways to slant text in Photoshop in just a few easy steps.

Text can be angled via three different ways. You can tilt your text with a free transform for the first method. If not, you can rotate the text layer to slant your text. The last method involves creating italicized text.

Keep reading below for more information.

How to Slant Text in Photoshop

You can slant text in Photoshop in three ways, and we will discuss each of these in this section.

For more information on how to slant text in Photoshop, watch this video below:

Option 1: Using Free Transform to Slant Your Text

To give your text a slant in this first method, you will essentially skew it. This is the fastest and easiest approach to slant your text.

The key benefit of this approach is that because the slanted effect is applied directly to the text layer, you are not required to rasterize it for it to function. As a result, you may alter your text whenever you want by simply turning on the Type Tool (T) and making any desired changes to the typeface.

There are some disadvantages to this strategy in addition to its benefits. For instance, it may be difficult to pinpoint the precise angle at which the text is slanted, which may result in undesirable results. The second option demonstrates a more exact method of text tilt.

Step 1: Add Your Text

  • Start by writing your text. Activate the Type Tool (T) from the Toolbar for this purpose.

Step 2: Turn on the Skew and Free Transform Tools

  1. Press Control + T (Windows) or Command + T (Mac) to activate the Free Transform Tool at this stage You may also select Edit > Free Transform.
  2. A bounding box will be created around the text as a result.
  3. Right-click the text and then select Skew.

Step 3: Adjust the Anchor Points

  1. Now, in the text field, select the center anchor point. Either the anchor point on the right or left side of the bounding box may serve as the starting point.
  2. Next, raise or lower the midway point. Drag the center point upwards if you would like the text to be inclined upwards.
  3. Drag the center point downward to make your text tilt downward.
  4. Your text will get more tilted the further you drag the mouse upward or downward. Keep in mind that too much text slanted might make it difficult to read.
  5. Once you’re done, hit Enter on your keyboard. Thus, the Free Transform Tool will be disabled.

Option 2: Rotate the text layer to slant your text

This method involves rotating the letters to create an angle. With this technique, you may slant your text while maintaining control over its slanted angle. 

This is the best option when you merely want a diagonal text and don’t want the characters of your text to be distorted.

 Step 1: Write the Text and Activate the Transform Tool

  1. As was demonstrated in the last portion of this tutorial, after creating the text, you must turn on the Free Transform Tool by hitting Control + T (Windows) or Command + T (Mac).
  2. Your text will be surrounded by anchor points.

Step 2: Change the Text

  1. Once your cursor changes to a double-curved arrow, move it across the text’s corner.
  2. Next, whilst holding Shift, slide the text upward or downward. Your text turns by 15 degrees at a time while holding down the Shift key. If you want to create a flawless diagonal text, you may continue to hold Shift and drag the text upward or downward until it is slanted at a 45-degree angle.
  3. When completed, press Enter to turn off the Free Transform Tool.

Option 3: Using Italics to Create Tilted Effect

Your text will instantly seem slanted if you select the Italic text style. Even if your font doesn’t come with an italic variant, you can make any text italic with Photoshop. How? Read on.

Step 1: Enter Your Text Into The Canvas

  • As was seen in the previous section, start by creating your text. There are two methods for making your text italic, as you’ll see in the section below.

Step 2: Check Whether Your Font Has an Italic Version

  1. To use the first option, you must confirm that your typeface has an italic font style. Double-click the text to highlight it.
  2. Then select Italic as the font style from the Options menu.
  3. Your content will be bolded and skew upward.

Step 3: Produce a Fake Italic Effect

  1. Don’t worry if your font doesn’t have an italic variant; you can easily convert it to italic in Photoshop. Write and highlight the text as shown above before you can do this.
  2. After that, select Window > Character.
  3. Select the Faux Italic option in the Characters section.
  4. Your text will become italic as soon as you do this.
  5. Remember that the results will only sometimes be ideal as this is a manual method of turning a text italic.
  6. When you’re done, press Enter on your keyboard.


It’s crucial to consider if you actually want to slant text in Photoshop now that you understand how to accomplish it. If you are tilting text to fit the angle in an existing image, that is OK. However, if you are tilting text for the purpose of designing it, we strongly advise you to think again. It could have a better effect on the reading and legibility of writing.