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Another new Type tool -- the Text on Shape tool -- lets you create text around a custom shape. You don't have to have anything to select to use this tool. In fact, you can use it on a completely blank canvas. This tool is also located in the flyout menu of Type tools. I will select it from there, and then I will go up to the Options bar for the tool. From the first menu, I can see the various shapes that I can use with this tool: a Rectangle, a Rounded Rectangle, an Ellipse, which is also a circle, a Polygon, and for scrapbookers, Heart, Speech Bubble, and Butterfly.
I am going to go with the Ellipse, and I'm going to draw a path in the shape of a circle with this tool by holding down the Shift key to constrain its proportions. I am going to leave all the options for this tool at their defaults, but you can change the font, the font style, the font size, and the font color if you want to. Then I'll move over the edge of this shape. My cursor changes to an I-Beam with a diagonal line through it, which means that I'm in the right place to click, and start typing.
I'd usually type some words; I am just going to type some nonsense type here, and for now, I am just going to go part way around the circle, and when I'm done adding type, as I always have to, I will click the green check mark in the Options bar to commit that text. Now in the Layers panel, I have a brand new type layer with my text on it. If I click off that type layer, you can see how the text looks going part of the way around my circular path. Now let's say that I want to change something about the appearance of this text; its size, or its font, or its color.
To affect all the text on this layer, I will just select the type layer, and I will select one of the Type tools. It doesn't have to be the Text on Selection tool. I will go over to the toolbar, and I'm going to select the Horizontal Type tool and whatever options I change in its Options bar will affect the entire layer of text. So, for example, if I change the color by going to the arrow to the right of the color field, and picking another color from the color picker, all the text on the layer changes. I will close the color picker by clicking in the Options bar.
Because all this text is on a separate layer, I can position it wherever I want it in the image by clicking on the Move tool, and then clicking inside of this bounding box, and dragging. And I can reposition the text around the circle by using the Shape Selection tool, and this tool is located in this flyout menu of Shape tools. I am going to zoom in, so you can see this better. And with the Arrow tool, I am going to move over this small circle, just before the first word that I typed, and I'm going to click, and drag down, and what I'm doing is moving this small circle that represents the end of the area where I can add type around this path.
Now I can see a tiny X here at the beginning of my text, and if I want to move the text around the circle with the Arrow tool, I will click there, and then I can drag my text in this direction, or back the other way. I am going to drag the text all the way down, so that it's almost touching the endpoint, and then I'll go up to the Options bar, and I'll click the green check mark. Now let's say that I want to add some more text, so that it goes completely around the circle. With any of the Type tools, I will just click inside of the text, and I will add some more.
Of course, if I were writing actual words, I'd want all this to read correctly, and when I'm finished, I will come up, and click the green check mark. And when I click off of the type layer, you can see how the type looks without that path. I will zoom back out, so you can see the entire effect. So that's how to use the new Text on Shape tool. There is one more new Type tool, and that's the Text on Custom Path tool, which I will show you next.
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