Creating Text on a Path

You start by creating a shape using one of the Photoshop shape tools on the toolbox, and then adding type to that shape (which is called a path). Add type to a shape by clicking the Horizontal Type Tool. When the pointer nears the path, you'll see that it changes to the Type Tool pointer. Click the path when the Type Tool pointer displays and begin typing. You can change fonts, font sizes, add styles, and any other interesting effects you've learned to apply with type. As you will see, the type is on a path!


Don't worry when you see the outline of the path on the screen. The path won't print, only the type

In this lesson, you'll create a shape, then add type to it.


Type on a path


Type on a path

Path does not display when image is printed

Path does not display when image is printed

Create a path and add type

1. Click the Rectangle Tool |_| on the toolbox.

2. Click the Ellipse Tool on the options bar.

3. Click the Paths button on the options bar.

4. Drag the Paths pointer 4; to encircle the word "of" from 610 X/190 Y to 780 X/240 Y.

5. Click the Horizontal Type Tool T, on the toolbox.

6. Change the font to Arial Black, the font size to 20 pt, then verify that the Left align text button is selected.

TIP You can change to any point size by typing the number in the Set the font size text box.

7. Click the Horizontal Type pointer [Jj at approximately 620 X/205 Y on the left edge of the ellipse.

8. Change the font color by sampling the white of Worth type, turn on the Caps Lock, then type NOTES.

9. Commit any current edits, then turn off the Caps Lock.

10. Hide the rulers and save your work. Compare your image to Figure 26.

11. Close the Books.psd file and exit Photoshop.

You created a path using a shape tool, then added type to it.



Power User Shortcuts

to do this:

use this method:

Apply anti-alias method

Crisp v

Apply Bevel and

Bevel and Emboss

Emboss style

Apply blur filter to type

Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur

Apply Drop Shadow

Drop Shadow


Change font family

Tlm« New F'.oman... v

Change font size

SOpt V

Change type color

Close type effects

Commit current edits

Display/hide rulers

[Ctrl][R] (Win) or [&][R] (Mac)

Erase a History state

Select state, drag to Tf

to do this:

use this method:

Horizontal Type Tool

T, orT

Kern characters

Metrics v

Move Tool

or V

Open Character palette


Save image changes

[Ctrl][S] (Win) or [«][S] (Mac)

See type effects (active layer)

See type effects (inactive layer)

Select all text

[Ctrl][A] (Win) or [«][A] (Mac)

Shift baseline of type

Warp type


Key: Menu items are indicated by > between the menu name and its command. Blue bold letters are shortcuts for selecting tools on the toolbox.


You can manipulate type in many ways to reflect or reinforce the meaning behind an image. The appearance of type is very important; color and imagery are often used to complement the type. You can also change the appearance of type by using different fonts (also called typefaces) and colors. You can use filters and layer styles to create the illusion that type has special effects. Type is typically used along with imagery to deliver a message quickly and with flare. Type should be limited, direct, and to the point. It should be large enough for easy reading, but should not overwhelm or distract from the central image. After you decide on the content you want to use and create the type, you can experiment with its appearance by changing its font, size, and color. You can also apply special effects that make type stand out, or appear to pop off the page.

What You Have Learned:

• How to create and modify type

• How to change the type color

• How to adjust spacing between characters

• How to make characters look higher/lower than other characters

• How to add depth to characters with a drop shadow

• How to give characters an embossed appearance

• How to create type on a non-horizontal/vertical line

Key Terms

Baseline shift Vertical distance that type moves from its baseline.

Bitmap type Composed of pixels, and can develop jagged edges when enlarged.

Character palette Helps you control type properties such as kerning, tracking, and leading.

Drop shadow Creates an illusion that another colored layer of identical text is behind the selected type.

Layer styles Effects which can be applied to a type or image layer that can greatly enhance its appearance.

Rasterized Process of converting a type layer into an image layer.

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