I don't understand the issue entirely, esp. use of the magic wand tool in this instance. Perhaps you can clarify.
Using the text tool, the smaller "JOHN SMITH" is at 72 pt, the larger at 110 pt.. When using this tool, you are not limited to the pt sizes in the drop-down. Highlight the displayed value, and type in a larger size.
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If I understand what you want to do, try this:
1. Use the magic wand with contiguous OFF to select the letters.
2. Select>Expand, and then, depending on how many pixels you expand, your selection should look like this:
Set your foreground color to black (or whatever text color you want, and go to Edit>Fill Selection:
I have limited horizontal space, so increasing the point size makes it too long
That's it, Barbara! The unchecking Contiguous was the trick. Thank you! And to both you and Hatstead, thank you for the quick responses. I really appreciate all the help I have gotten here, and never feel like I'm asking a dumb question
ok. I understand now.
Type JOHN SMITH. This text will be on its own layer
Simplify the layer (Layer menu>Simplify Layer)
Get the Move tool out of the tool box. There will be a bounding box around the text. Drag with the side handle from west to east to spread out the letters. The height should not be altered with this maneuver.