Text on a path in CS+

Text on a path in CS+
Difficulty: Easy
Description: A tutorial explaining how to make text follow a path of your choice.
Author: Daniel St. Jules; Date Added: 2005-10-28; Views: 20597
This tutorial will teach you how make text follow a path of your choice. This effect can be great for logos and such but it's only available to users using Photoshop CS or newer. There's a few different ways to do this although only two methods will be explained.

Method 1

Step 1: Open or create a document in which you'd like to use the text on a path by either going to File->New or File->Open from the top menu.
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Step 2: Select the Freeform Pen tool preview by right clicking on one of the pen tool icons preview in the tool bar and clicking on the Freeform pen tool.
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Step 3: In the options menu (go to Windows->Options if it isn't available) select Paths. preview
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Step 4: Left click and drag your cursor in the document to create the path in which the text will follow.
Example:
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Step 5: Select the Horizontal Type tool preview from the tool bar and place the cursor over the beginning of the path. The cursor should change when over the path. Simply left click while the cursor is over the path.

Step 6: Type the text you'd like to follow the path and click on the checkmark preview in the options menu.
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Method 2

Step 1: Open or create a document in which you'd like to use the text on a path by either going to File->New or File->Open from the top menu.
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Step 2: Select the Custom Shapes tool preview by right clicking on one of the shape tools in the tool bar and selecting it. (ex: Rectangle Tool preview, Ellipse Tool preview, etc..)

Step 3: In the options menu (go to Windows->Options if it isn't available) select Paths. preview
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Step 4: Select the shape you'd like to use for the path the text will follow by clicking on the downwards facing arrow beside "Shape:" and clicking on the shape.
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Step 5: Create the path of the shape by clicking and dragging the cursor in the document. You can hold Shift while doing this to constrain the shape to it's normal aspect ratio.
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Step 6: Select the Horizontal Type tool preview from the tool bar and place the cursor over the beginning of the path. The cursor should change to instead of when over the path. Simply left click while the cursor is over the path.

Step 7: Type the text you'd like to follow the path and click on the checkmark preview in the options menu.
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[note: The path will show when the text layer using the path is selected. To see what the text looks like without the path, simply select another layer.]

And there you go! You've created your own text that follows a path of your choice. Try being creative with this effect to come up with some very original designs. Here's an example of a signature that uses this effect:

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