How to Spell Check in Photoshop

If you have been working with Adobe Photoshop for a while now, you may have noticed that when you add text in Photoshop, you may not see if that word is spelled correctly or not. 

Not to worry, Photoshop has a way to spell-check your wording. 

First and foremost, Photoshop is a sophisticated image editing program and is not intended for use with word processing. Photoshop’s spell check is adequate, but you should use a word processor for things like heavy-duty text formatting and other word processing functions.

My name is Aly, I am Adobe Photoshop certified and will be showing you how you can turn on Photoshop’s spell check. 

How to Turn on Spell Check in Photoshop

Again, Photoshop is an image editing program, so its spell check is very simple and not created for pro-level text formatting.

Step 1: Make sure that you have your text ready in Photoshop. The image below is my example. 

Step 2: Clearly you can see that there are a few spelling errors, now to fix that we want to go up to the top menu and click Edit > Check Spelling

Step 3: Once you have clicked on Check Spelling, the wrong words will begin to be highlighted one by one, starting at the top, in the Check Spelling dialog box.

Step 4: Usually, the software is pretty accurate in picking up what you meant to type but not always so you need to manually go through and look for the correct word. As you can see in my above image, I meant to say “Hello”.

Photoshop’s spell check thinks I want to say “Hole” which is incorrect, so I would scroll down the Suggestions below until I find the correct word choice. As you can see the correct wording I need is four words down so I will select that one. 

Once you have found the correct word you need, go ahead and click on Change if you have multiple spelling errors of the same word you can also click Change All, and Photoshop’s spell check will go ahead and change all the incorrect wording to the correct wording. 

If there are more errors, once you press Change the program will move on to the next incorrect wording and have you choose the correct word you were looking for. 

The other options listed are Ignore and Ignore All

  • Ignore: By selecting this option, the highlighted wrong spelling will be ignored, and the highlight will move to the following one.
  • Ignore All: In the entire document, Ignore All will ignore the wrong term that has been underlined.

Add will add the incorrect word to its vocabulary. Only do this if you know that your wording is correct but Photoshop did not offer an alternate word choice. 

Once you finish making the modifications, you can accept the changes made and exit the Check Spelling dialog box by clicking the Done button.

Bonus Tips

  • You can add your own words to Photoshops vocabulary list by clicking Add, because usually, these are words that Photoshops program is not familiar with.
  • Make a habit to spell check every time you have a project with wording incorporated into it. 

Final Thoughts

Although Photoshop’s spell checker isn’t top-notch, it does a great overall job of simple spell-checking quickly. This saves you time from having to look up the word somewhere else, or maybe you completely missed the incorrect word and it caught it for you. 

This option is great if you are working with clients or working professionally where you need to have your designs flawless. This spell check just adds to another level of knowing your wording is correct. 

Any questions about spell checking in Photoshop? Leave a comment and let me know.

About Aly Walters
As a graphic designer who uses the entire Adobe Suite on a daily basis, Photoshop is my inspiration, especially since I'm Adobe certified and use it most often for my graphics and web-designed images.

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