Using the Warp Text panel

Photoshop won't let you warp text along a path, but there are still plenty of Warp options s get groovy

When you select a 'live'type layer,

m which you can choose numerous distortion types.This is a simple Arc Warp, set to Vertical mode.

E you can access the Warp Text panel by clicking its icon on the Options bar.The panel opens and allows you to distort the selected type using some simple controls.

There is a Style pop-up menu,from m which you can choose numerous distortion types.This is a simple Arc Warp, set to Vertical mode.

Be patient

Because Type Layers are vectors the distortion does not degrade the quality of the type.

However, large amounts of text will take longer to distort than a single character.

B 3 | Warps can be subtle or pretty severe, depending how you set the sliders. The Horizontal and Vertical sliders control a kind of perspective distortion of the type layer, making it appear to tilt towards or away from you on either axis.

E Using nonsense fonts or symbols together with the Warp panel you can get some weird shapes and patterns. It can be fun and - like all the best features - it takes some playing with.

Extra text tools

Photoshop has Paragraph tools as well as Character tools. These can be found in the Paragraph palette, which is docked with the Character palette by default.

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