Wrap Text Along a Path using Photoshop CC

Be creative! Stop using only horizontal or vertical text. Instead, use Photoshop CC to wrap text along a custom shape. This will make it curve along the path to produce an interesting design. Try it!

  1. Open Adobe Photoshop CC.
  2. From the File menu, select NEW.
  3. In the New box, set the document options. Select U.S. Paper from the Preset box and CMYK from the Color Mode box.
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  5. Select Custom Shape Tool from the Tools panel.
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  7. Choose Path from the Options Bar. Click the Custom Shape arrow on the Options bar.
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    Pick Path and then select a custom shape.

  9. Choose a custom shape from the panel. (To see all the custom shapes click the Custom Shape menu picker and select ALL. Click OK)
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    Select a custom shape. Pick a shape with a simple outline.

  11. Click and drag to draw a shape.
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    Draw the shape.

  13. To add text, click the Horizontal Type Tool.
  14. From the Options bar select a font, style, size, and color of the text. Set the size to 12.
  15. Text Formatting Photoshop CC

    Format the text using tools on the Options bar.

  16. Move the mouse pointer over the edge of the shape. The pointer changes to an I-beam with a wavy line. Click on the shape border in the spot where you want to start adding text.
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    Click on the edge of the shape.

  18. Type and the text will automatically wrap around the shape.
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    Type and the words bend along the shape path.

Change the Direction and Position of Text

  1. Select the Path Selection Tool from the Tools panel.
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  3. Drag the mouse pointer over the text to move it along the path AWAY from the END POINT.
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    Drag the text along the path of the shape.

  5. Drag the mouse pointer ACROSS the path of the shape to flip the text and reverse it.
  6. change direction

    Drag across the shape border to make the text move to the inside.

Make the Text Look Great!

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  • Format Font: Select the Horizontal Type Tool. Click and drag to select the text. Use the tools on the Options bar to make changes.
  • Position Text: Select Path Selection Tool from the Tools Panel. Drag the START and END points to change the location of text.
  • Adjust the Size of the Shape Path: Select Move Tool from the Tools Panel. Drag a control point to increase or decrease the shape.
  • Grab the Start Point: If you are having trouble moving the text, drag the START point instead of the letters themselves.

Do you like using Photoshop CC? There are many fun and easy activities in TechnoPhotoshop. Lessons include digital worksheets for middle and high school students.

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About Christa Love

Christa Love, Vice President - Christa Love has a passion for education and technology. A graduate from Brock University she has an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Child Development, Bachelor of Education in Primary and Junior divisions, and Masters of Education in the area of Curriculum Studies. Her work at TechnoKids Inc. began more than ten years ago as an instructor at a local learning center. Since that time she has operated the summer camp program, taught at the research and development center at John Knox Christian School, trained educators throughout the province on issues related to technology integration, and overseen the curriculum development of hundreds of technology projects. In recent years, Christa has become the vice president of TechnoKids Inc.