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In this course, author Jan Kabili introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, the less expensive version of Photoshop that’s ideal for casual photographers who want to achieve professional results. The course covers importing, organizing, and finding photos with the Organizer. It explains how and when to use each of the editing workspaces—from the simple Quick Fix and Guided Edit workspaces to the Full Edit workspace for enhancing your photos—including making photo corrections, retouching, compositing images, and adding text. The final chapter offers creative ways to share photos with Elements, including print projects like greeting cards, calendars, and books, emailing photos, and posting them on Facebook and Flickr.
With the Text on Custom Path tool, you can create text in any shape that you can draw. This tool, like the Text on Shape tool, doesn't require a photograph, but if you want, you can use the tool to trace an object in a photograph, or you can use it freehand. I'll select the tool by going to the flyout menu of Type tools. and choosing Text on Custom Path tool. When I move my cursor into the image, it looks like a pen point. With this tool, I can click and drag a nice big swoopy path like this, and when I'm done, I'll click the green check mark.
If I want to modify the shape of the path, in the Options bar for this tool, I'll click this icon that looks like the Move tool. Now I can see anchor points on my path, and I can use those anchor points to modify the shape. So if I click this anchor point, and drag a little, the path goes with me. If I want to reshape the path further, I can try adding points to it. To do that, I'll hold down the Shift key as I click on the path, and now I have another point that I can click and drag. If I want to delete a point, I can do that too, holding the Alt key -- that's the Option key on a Mac -- and clicking on a point, and that will change the path shape as well.
When I'm done refining my path, again, I'll click the green check mark. Now I'm going to choose some options for my text. In the Options bar for the tool, I can choose a font, a font style, a font size, and a font color. I'm going to leave everything at its defaults for now, and just come in and start adding text on the path. To do that, I'll move my cursor over the path until I see a diagonal line there, and that means I'm ready to click and type. I'm just going to type some nonsense type, and notice how the type follows the path all around its curves.
When I'm done adding text, I'll go up to the Options bar again, and click the green check mark. In the Layers panel, there's now a brand new layer with the text that I added to this path. I'll click off of that layer, so you can see how the text looks without the path line. The next steps, which are editing the text, and repositioning the text, are just like in the preceding two movies. If I want to change something about the appearance, or content of all the text, I'll select the type layer. I'll make sure I have one of the Type tools selected over here in the toolbar, and then I'll make a change in the Options bar.
So I'll choose a different color for the text. If I want to edit just some of the text, I'll move in, and select that bit of text, and I'll make a different change. I'll select a different color for that. And as always, when I edit text, I need to click the green check mark. If I have room on my path, I can reposition the text on the path using the Shape Selection tool, which is located in this flyout menu of Shape tools.
With that tool, I'll come to the beginning of the text, where there's a tiny X. I'll move my mouse over that spot, and the cursor changes to this bold arrow next to an I-beam. I'll click and drag along the path to move the text. It can only go so far as that tiny circle at the end, and then I'll start losing text off the end of my path. I can go back the other way if I want to, dragging in this direction. If I want the text to be on the other side of the path, I'll drag toward the other side of the path like this, and the text flips, and I can go back again, dragging in the other direction to flip the text back on top of this path.
And finally, if I go back and get one of the Type tools, I can click inside the text, and if there's room on my path, add some more to fill the path out. And when I'm done, I'll click the green check mark in the Options bar to commit all those changes. And of course, because this text is on a separate layer, I can always move the whole layer into position by getting the Move tool, and clicking and dragging. Finally, I'll click off of the type layer in the Layers panel to view the text in the shape of my path. I think you can really get creative with this tool, the last of the trio of new Type tools: the Text on Selection tool, the Text on Shape tool, and the Text on Custom Path tool.
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