Solution

Use the Pen Tool (p) or the Shape Tool (u) to create a path, as shown at right. If you're using the Shape Tool, remember that this won't work if you've got the Fill pixels option selected.

Select the Text Tool (t) and move the cursor over the path until it changes to an I-beam with a curved baseline, as shown in this example.

Click once, and type your text—it will follow your path! In the example shown below, I've typed my text along a curved path.

Text on a curved path

Text on a curved path

You can change the orientation of your text by clicking on the Text orientation button on the top-left of the options bar, as shown below.

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Changing the text orientation

Changing the text orientation

Use the Direct Selection Tool (4) to move or flip your text on the path, as shown in this example. Position the cursor near the beginning of the text. When it changes into an I-beam with a small, black arrow, you'll be able to move the text by clicking and dragging the cursor along the curve; flip the text by dragging the cursor downwards.

Moving and flipping the text

You can also use the Direct Selection Tool (4) to alter the shape of the path, as shown below. Make sure that the text layer is selected in the Layers palette when you do this.

Modifying the path that the text is on

You can enter text along any kind of path, including a vector shape. In the example shown here, I've put two snippets of text along a circular path.

You can enter text along any kind of path, including a vector shape. In the example shown here, I've put two snippets of text along a circular path.

Text on a circular path
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