Wrap Text Along a Path Using Photoshop CC

Photoshop CC Lesson

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 a new document in Adobe Photoshop CC.
  2. Select Custom Shape Tool from the Tools panel.
Custom Shape Tool Photoshop CC
  1. Choose Path from the Options Bar. Click the Custom Shape arrow on the Options bar.
option bar for custom shape tool
Pick Path and then select a custom shape.
  1. Choose a custom shape from the panel. (To see all the custom shapes click the Custom Shape menu picker and select ALL. Click OK)
photoshop cc wrap text to shape
Select a custom shape. Pick a shape with a simple outline.
  1. Click and drag to draw a shape.
wrap text on path
Draw the shape.
  1. To add text, click the Horizontal Type Tool.
  2. From the Options bar select a font, style, size, and color of the text. Set the size to 12.
Text Formatting Photoshop CC
Format the text using tools on the Options bar.
  1. 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.
text to path photoshop cc
Click on the edge of the shape.
  1. Type and the text will automatically wrap around the shape.
shape path
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.
path selection tool
  1. Drag the mouse pointer over the text to move it along the path AWAY from the END POINT.
bend text
Drag the text along the path of the shape.
  1. Drag the mouse pointer ACROSS the path of the shape to flip the text and reverse it.
change direction
Drag across the shape border to make the text move to the inside.

Make the Text Look Great!

photoshop cc


  • 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.

Christa Love

Christa Love, Curriculum Developer & Teacher ~ I am passionate about blending technology into curriculum. Whether it is programming, video production, graphic design, or digital citizenship, I am interested in how apps and tools can be used to enhance learning. Throughout the years I have designed many TechnoKids technology projects. My favorite part of curriculum development is field-testing the ideas to determine the activities that work best in real classrooms. I write about what I have learned that can save teachers time in their own curriculum planning.

You may also like...