Wrap Text into a Shape Using Photoshop CC

Photoshop CC Lesson

You can easily shape text so it forms a custom shape using Photoshop CC. This is a great way to express yourself. For example, you can write a poem in the shape of a heart. Report facts in the shape of an animal. Or describe your personal interests in the shape of a star. Try it!

  1. Open a new document in Adobe Photoshop CC.
  2. Select Custom Shape Tool from the Tools panel.
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  4. Click the Custom Shape arrow on the Options bar.
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  6. Choose a custom shape from the panel. (To select more shapes click the Custom Shape menu picker)
  7. Custom Shape Tool Photoshop CC

    Select a custom shape.

  8. Click and drag to draw a shape.
  9. Use the tools on the Options Bar to adjust the Fill and Stroke.
  10. Draw Custom Shape

    Draw a shape. Use the Options Bar tools to set the Fill and Stroke.

  11. Click the Horizontal Type Tool from the Tools panel.
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  13. Position the I-beam inside the shape. Wait until the cursor has a dotted circle around it.
  14. Photoshop CC mouse pointer

    The mouse pointer changes to an I-beam inside a circle.

  15. Type inside the shape.
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    The smaller the font size the better the words will form to the shape.

  17. Select the text. Use the tools on the Options bar to format the font, style, size, and color. When finished,click the Commit checkmark.
  18. format text

    Use the tools on the Options bar to format the text.


  • The smaller the font size the better the words fit the shape.
  • Select the text layer. Click the Move tool. Drag the words away from the shape.
  • If you need to edit the shape, select the Shape layer. Use the tools on the Options bar to adjust the Fill and Stroke.
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Move and resize the shape or text to create an interesting image.

Other fun Photoshop CC activities can be found in TechnoPhotoshop published by TechnoKids Inc. This technology project has lessons that use Photoshop to produce a digital scrapbook.

TechnoKids has updated TechnoPhotoshop for the LATEST version of Photoshop CC.

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.

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