I'm not a graphic designer, but, for some site maintenance work, I am an occasional user of Photoshop. I have v5.5 with ImageReady 2.0. I sometimes also use PSP 7 instead of Photoshop.
Recently, I had to change some text on a gif and decided Photoshop, with layers I could turn on and off, would be ideal. I converted the gif to a Photoshop file, activated the text tool, and assumed, per the documentation, that when I created some text, I would also automatically be creating a text layer. I found, though, that no matter what I tried, I couldn't create the text layer in Photoshop.
Finally, I did the text layer creation in ImageReady, where the text layers created themselves just fine. Had to go back to Photoshop to create a background layer... and of course all the masking layers had to be done in Photoshop... so it was back and forth between the two programs.
I can't understand why the text layer didn't appear in Photoshop, though. Damn near drove me crazy. I'd love to master the Photoshop text tool for next time, so all hints would be appreciated.
Also, I never really mastered whatever's necessary to unlock and reposition text layers, something else which would be helpful to know how to do.