How To Underline Text In Photoshop

It’s more complex to underline text in Photoshop than you think. Its default workspace does not show all the options required to allow you to edit the text. Instead, you must employ a quick workaround that can be discovered in the Character Panel.

Choose your text layer in Photoshop, then choose Window > Character to display the Character Panel to underline text. You can underline text by clicking the T icon that looks like a T but has an underlining beneath it. To add an underline to your text, all you need to do now is click on this symbol.

Now let’s look at this procedure and move on to more complicated methods of adding an underline, such as dotted or dashed text underlines!

How to Underline Text In Photoshop

When adding text from scratch, you must enable the underline option in Photoshop before creating your text. 

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

  1. Click Window > Character to get started.
  2. Choose “underline” from the character panel.
  3. Afterwards, activate the text tool by selecting it from the toolbar and clicking the Text Tool icon (T).
  4. When you write on the canvas using the text tool after selecting it, your new text will be underlined.

You can follow these steps if you already have text you wish to underline. 

  1. Select the text by double-clicking it or by pressing Control + A (Windows) or Command + A. (Mac).
  2. After that, select Window > Character.
  3. Next, select the icon in the panel to enable the underline option. Now, the highlighted text will be underlined.

How to Make a Dotted or Dashed Underline in Photoshop

Although Photoshop’s default underlines function is fine, you cannot alter its thickness, location, or style. Fortunately, you can design your underlines in Photoshop and alter them in many ways, eliminating the need to continuously employ the same underline effect. 

Making dotted or dashed underlines is one method of doing this.

Step 1: Choose Your Tools

  1. Use the Text Tool to enter your text on the canvas.
  2. Use the line tool from the Shape Tool menu on the toolbar afterward.

Step 2: Adjust Settings

  1. After choosing the line tool, you can adjust some settings in the Settings menu. As a first step, switch the tool Mode to Shape.
  2. Then, make the Stroke black and the Fill transparent (or any color you would like the stroke to be).
  3. Pick a good value for the Stroke Width next. We usually recommend 2.5px.
  4. After that, select between dotted and dashed lines from the Stroke Type option. 
  5. By selecting Additional Options at the panel’s bottom, you can modify the appearance of your dotted or dashed lines.
  6. Choose the dash length in Dash and the space between the dashes in Gap in the display dialogue box.
  7. We advise you to experiment with the Align, Caps, and Corners settings as well for more distinctive dotted or dashed underlining.

Step 3: Start Drawing

  1. Place your cursor at the beginning of your text after making all the aforementioned adjustments to the line tool’s parameters.
  2. Use Control + R (Windows) or Command + R (Mac) to check where the start point is if you can’t see it. Doing so will bring up the rulers in the working area’s top left and top right corners.
  3. To align your text, click the left ruler and then drag a guide to the edge of the first letter.
  4. Drag a second guide to the text’s endpoint to further refine your line.
  5. Once everything is ready, place your cursor at the text’s beginning (on the left guide).
  6. Next, while holding Shift, drag the guide to the text’s endpoint.
  7. To erase the guides you applied to your text, use Control + ; (Windows) or Command + ; (Mac) after pressing Enter on your keyboard to confirm your choice.
  8. After building your dashed or dotted underline, you must link the underlining to the text layer. To do this, open the Layers panel and click each layer individually while holding the Shift key to select them all.
  9. Then, right-click (on a Windows computer) or control-click (on a Mac) one of the chosen layers, and select Connect Layers.


You may now underline any text in Photoshop using any of these techniques. Using a single line of text is recommended if you want to underline it with dots or dashes. It is easiest to use the underline settings in the Character Panel when underlining many lines of text.