To convert existing type to a work path, choose Layer S Type S Create Work Path. You see the path outline around the characters, as when you convert text to shapes, and the new text-based path item appears in the Paths palette. All the standard path-editing techniques apply. You can edit, stroke, and fill the path, export it as a clipping path, or convert the path to a selection outline. Chapter 8 provides a full explanation of working with paths.
Note After you create a work path, Photoshop does not trash the original text layer. You can continue to edit the type as usual or delete the layer if you want to keep only the path.
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