Copyright © 2020 Adobe. You apparently have to create a "shape" layer first. Photoshop Elements does not include the path or pen tool, so we have to work with the shapes that come with Photoshop Elements. The problem when you use this technique to put text on the bottom of a circle is that it tends to get squished together. It just gets around the fact that you can't have a hole cut out. In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to fill a shape with type and how to align type to a path in Photoshop. Type and the text will automatically wrap around the shape. Again, adjust. 3. Or describe your personal interests in the shape of a star. Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. However when the text tool is selected and the cursor moved over the shape it changes to the circle icon indicating it is placing the text in the shape. For example, you can use Layer Styles to completely change the appearance of the text with a single click. Is there anyway to put text inside a shape but constrained to the actual shape? Choose a custom shape from the panel. My first circle is 350pt, so this will be 375pt. This lets you create text around ellipses, polygons, and even custom shapes like a heart or an arrow. For example, you can write a poem in the shape of a heart. You can create everything from a single line of text, to a fully custom text box shape. Photoshop is not at the same level when dealing with large amounts of text but you can create some nice and unsusual type designs by using shapes as text boxes. How To Use The Custom Shape Tool In Photoshop. I am trying to put text inside a shape. A second smaller circle has Text Wrap (Object Menu). The pointer changes to an I-beam with a wavy line. They are not grouped or combined (aka "compound path"). All rights reserved. The smaller the font size the better the words fit the shape. In your example, the one on the left is exactly what I'm wanting to do. Warping items in Photoshop allows you to wrap an image or text around an object without making the image look distorted. So we need to put some extra space between the letters and words of the text. Create a graphic shape Step 11 Right-click on the first image layer and select "Create Clipping Mask" from the context menu. Photoshop is not at the same level when dealing with large amounts of text but you can create some nice and unsusual type designs by using shapes as text boxes. I tried to do it in Illistrator but couldn't make it work. I wonder if there is a way to open those layers in Photoshop and edit them there? If you need to edit the shape, select the Shape layer. You have to be careful with the positioning but it does work. Perfect instructions! Left click and draw a shape. I am working with Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Thank you. From the Photoshop toolbar select the Custom Shape Tool It is a hidden tool underneath the Rectangle Tool. 1. and the same problem. Try it! You're welcome, Joe. Open a saved image or create a new, blank Elements document in the Photo Editor in Expert mode. This tutorial will teach you how to create a shape from scratch and insert text that conforms to the edges of that shape. You can't have any holes in you shape with Photoshop, however. If i create a shape with the pen tool or even a freeform heart (a not very good one!) Manually position lines of text to fit either by line breaks or create separate layers for each line of text to position them more accurately. Thank you so much Jane! By adding the slot, there is no "hole", instead you have a continuous path around the shape, so text inside the shape then works. Place the Type tool inside the shape. Every couple of months I'll start it up and try to learn how to use it but it's confusing and unintuitive and just plain hard to learn. The cursor will turn to an I-beam with a dotted circular outline around it. I am trying to put text inside a shape. Then place the text cursor over the shape layer. I used the Ellipse tool and clicked to make an ellipse exactly 350pt x 350pt (you can change this). For some people, the two colors become one. You might want to group the 3 when you are finished though. That feature wasn't added until Photoshop CS (Photoshop 8.0). I am trying to put text inside a shape. Text on a Path. Posted on: April 21st, 2016 Author: barb.binder Category: Adobe Photoshop. Send the new larger black circle to the back. The first time I made the first two circles, added the text wrap, then added the text, and last I drew the biggest outer circle and sent it to the back instead of the way I'm showing you now. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging. Chuck, I tried it with a compound path and it failed. To add text to the image, hover the mouse over the path until the cursor icon changes to depict text mode. Everyone is excited about Text on a Path, but I love text *in* a shape best! 2. So now let’s talk about the text on a path. I have been out of my office. For this example, the Custom Shape Tool is used to create a heart shape. You can create shapes in a … Lets start : 1. Drag the words away from the shape. I have read the directions online as to how to do this, but it is not working. Dave. I love this Photoshop feature so much, I want to make sure you all know about it. Photoshop is capable of much more! I make a custom shape, then switch to the text tool and click on the shape, but the text does not go inside the shape as people say it should. Creating Text Inside Paths. I make a custom shape, then switch to the text tool and click on the shape, but the text does not go inside the shape as people say it should. I have one i created in CS4 which i can edit the text but i want to do a new one with a different shape… I've tried to learn it but none of the tools work the same as the ones in Photoshop and it's such a headache to switch between the two to do something that should be able to be done in one application. You'll see a small plus sign ( +) appear in the bottom right of your mouse cursor, letting you know you're about to add the new shape to the existing one. I do have illistrator but I have no idea how to use it. .css-kic09h{color:#f0f0f3 !important;background-color:!important;}.css-kic09h:hover{color:#40a3f5 !important;background-color:!important;}.css-kic09h:focus{color:#40a3f5 !important;background-color:!important;}.css-sskn3q{line-height:60px !important;}HOME, Sr. The Text On Shape tool in Photoshop Elements 11 enables you to create type that flows along the perimeter of any shape. No rounded T in the shape. In AI, you don't have to be careful with the positioning if that's a factor. Adobe Photoshop supports this […] I make a custom shape, then switch to the text tool and click on the shape, but the text does not go inside the shape as people say it should. Select Custom Shape Tool from the Tools panel. Double-click the SO to edit it using Illustrator. When you’re finished editing, click the check mark in the options bar. Please help! It just gets around the fact that you can't have a hole cut out. I did get text on it once, but the text went underneath the smaller circle in the middle of the big one. Jane, I've been trying to do this in Illistrator ever since I read your reply with the examples. Click and hold on the Rectangle on the toolbar and you’ll see the full set of vector drawing tools appear. This tutorial will teach you how to create a shape from scratch and insert text that conforms to the edges of that shape. For example I am trying to make buttons which will say home, email etc....but as I said, when I go to do this...I end up with the text undrneath the graphic. The type tool in Photoshop is more flexible than you might think. Thank you Jane for the instructions! Just figured it out. In the example below, the black ring/doughnut is the shape. In your Layers panel you will see three objects: The order of the steps does not matter, and all three objects can be resized and recolored, etc., when you have finished. If you know and have access to both - then Illustrator. Make the Text On Shape tool active again by clicking on it in the toolbox. Do you think it's easier in PS or AI though? The circle is Black. I'll be practicing this until I get it right! Click the Move tool. You can Option + Click the center or use Alignment on the three circles. Remember that once you convert your text, it will no longer be editable. Let me draw a shape as path so we can put some text on it. Text inside a Shape in PSE 10. To draw the path, I'll click and hold my mouse button down in the center of the golf ball. That is not what I want or need. You can do it in Photoshop but you have to pull off a little trick. Alternatively you could use Alignment here. Whenever I try to add text (place it on top of a shape in photoshop) it always appears underneath the object. I used the default of 6 pts, but that can be adjusted at any point. We’ll achieve this using vector shapes, the Pen, and Type tool. Click on the edge of the shape. by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Photoshop. Thank you Dave! Now all I get is an error message pop up that says, "You must click on a non-compound, non-masking path to creat text inside a path", which tells me nothing since I'm not familiar with it. Finale Output In the finale output you will see that your image will be visible only within the shape. Select the Text On Shape tool from the Tools […] Report facts in the shape of an animal. Add a small rectangle with path operations set to subtract to cut a slot into your circle, Then go to the shape and using the path select (black arrow key) and delete key, remove the slot. You can also select the particular Type tool you want from the Tool Options. Select the Path Selection tool in the Tools panel and position the cursor over the text. At some point you will need to change the color so you don't have black text and a black circle. But if i use one of the preset shapes i can only put text around. Instead of the paragraph text simply being in the shape of a Thank you Jane for the reply. In Illustrator you simply draw a circle, then use the Type tool and hover over the inside of the circle. How to Curve Text Around a Shape in Photoshop Step 1. Mine is 100pt x 100 pt. I've just now added a third larger circle in the back and made it black to look more like yours. In other words, what we have now is a shape that just happens to look like text: The text is now a shape that looks like text. 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If you only know Photoshop or have just a single app plan (or the Photography plan) then doing it in Photoshop is the answer. When I need to add text inside a custom shape, I would reach for either InDesign or Illustrator. I would like to be able to make a complex or simple shape, fill it with text and have the text flow throughout the shape without crossing the boundries of the shape. To any beginner, there are multiple ways to curve a text in Photoshop. It will stay inside the shape as shown below. First, you can use a shape in the warp style menu. Go to Layer > Type > Convert to Shape. And thanks for the color readability information. To put text on a path in Photoshop: Select one of the shape tools in the toolbox. Make the Text On Shape tool active again by clicking on it in the toolbox. You can create everything from a single line of text, to a fully custom text box shape. How did you come up with removing and reinserting a slot? Once the text is added - just remove the slot. You need a larger black circle in the back. This is brilliant, Dave! I did not, however, use red text on a black background, as that is one of the first things that comes up for readability warnings. Click the point to add text. There are two ways that you can warp an image. The same thing applies for paths, except for the fact that paths won’t be visible like shapes after the text is created. So we need to put some extra space between the letters and words of the text. Understanding how to curve a text in Photoshop may be one of the things we don’t realize are important in learning how to use the software. To me, Illistrator is a hard to learn program. Confirm there is a circle, not a square around the i-beam and click inside to get the Lorem impsum text, which can be replaced. Are either of these what you are looking for, and do you have Illustrator? You can type new text. Remember to change to text color either now or later. February 11, 2012 By Melissa Shanhun 9 Comments. For example, you don't have to stop after drawing the second point with the Pen Tool. I was finally able to do it in Illistrator. Learn more: Drawing Vector Shapes vs Pixel Shapes in Photoshop Step 3: Draw Your Path. To add the new shape to the text shape, we need to be in the Add to shape mode, and we can switch to it temporarily by holding down the Shift key. The text will still look like text in the document, but in the Layers panel, we see that the Type layer has become a Shape layer. The text shouldn't be covering the hole in the middle. Click on the shape border in the spot where you want to start adding text. Then, I'll press and hold Shift+Alt (Win) / Shift+Option (Mac) on my keyboard and begin dragging outward from the center. Then select the Direct Selection tool (the white arrow tool) by pressing Shift A and click-and-drag the points in the path to give the characters a new shape. Posted on: April 21st, 2016 Author: barb.binder Category: Adobe Photoshop. 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