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Putting type on a path

From: Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Putting type on a path

Another new feature in Photoshop Elements 10 is the ability to put type on a selection, shape or path. This new feature really allows you to express your creativity. Let's take a look. I'm beginning this video in the Elements 10 Organizer. And I'm just going to find a picture in my Media Browser that I would like to use to create type on a path. Now the image I'm going to use in this example is the image called img_1244.jpg. And with this image selected, I'm going to open this up into the full edit mode in the elements editor.

Putting type on a path

Another new feature in Photoshop Elements 10 is the ability to put type on a selection, shape or path. This new feature really allows you to express your creativity. Let's take a look. I'm beginning this video in the Elements 10 Organizer. And I'm just going to find a picture in my Media Browser that I would like to use to create type on a path. Now the image I'm going to use in this example is the image called img_1244.jpg. And with this image selected, I'm going to open this up into the full edit mode in the elements editor.

So I'm going to come up here to the Fix tab, click on the triangle to the right, and choose Full Photo Edit. Now the Type on a Selection tool is a first we're going to use here and if we click on this icon here we're going to click and hold on that. You're going to see that we have 3 choices towards the bottom of the text options that allow me to create type on either selection. A shape, or a path. So I'm going to choose this option which is the Text on Selection tool. Now the way that this tool works, is that if you click and drag, you can create a selection, and this is another tool that's based on the Quick Selection tool. And essentially what I'm doing is creating a selection around the area in which I want to create type on a selection.

Now, one more thing I want to show you before I continue too far is, I'm going to click on the Cancel button right here. And one thing that I found helpful Is that, if we go up to the regular horizontal type tool. What I found is that if you adjust your text options before you start doing the type on a selection. It really helps you in proceeding from that point forward. So one thing I'm going to do is set my text alignment to align left. You can pick your color if you'd like so I'm going to click on the color icon. Pick like this dark blue in the ocean down here. Click OK.

We can set our font, style, as well as size. So I'm going to keep my size somewhere around 150 for this example. Just type 150 and press Return, and I think I'll leave my font at Myriad Pro Bold for now. So now I can click on the Type tool, go back down to the Text on Selection tool. And I'm going to click and drag once again to create a selection of the beach area and the ocean, but I'm going to leave the sky unselected. Once I have that, it has created a selection around that area. Now, while that selection is still active, we can come up here to the offset slider.

And we can drag that to the left to contract that selection a little bit or to the right to expand this selection or essentially make it bigger. So I'm going to keep that all the way in the right to just offset it a little bit. And then once again I'll click the green check mark to commit the change. Now, you'll notice that if you hover over the path that was created, so I should point out that when we commit that operation, it changes the selection to a path.

And you can see that path being highlighted around that area. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to position my cursor on the left side of the top of that path and I'm going to click. And you'll notice that there's a cursor there that I can now enter some text. So I'm going to type in here, come visit the Atlantic Ocean. And now that we have some text on there, we can highlight it once again, and if we want to make our text a little bit bigger, maybe I'll change this to about 160.

We can even go a little bit higher than that. Let's try 175. That looks pretty good. Once again, you can apply different properties, we can make it bold if we want to which is called a faux bold or a fake bold. I'm going to turn that off for now. You can also underline it if you wish, you can apply a strike through to it as well. And you can even make it italic. So I'm going to leave those options off but I am going to commit my change. And now we can see that over here in the Layers panel we have a new layer that's been created and the text is now appearing on the top of that path. So it's a really great way to enter type on the path and if you want to turn that layer on and off to see before and after you can see that. And that looks pretty good.

So what I'm going to do here, is I'm going to go to the File menu and choose Save as and I'm going to go ahead and include in the organizer. Save it in a version set with the original. I'm just going to change the name to width type. And I'll go ahead and click the Save button. Now we can close this image and I'm going to come up here to the Organizer button And we're going to open up a different image this time. I'm going to scroll down a little bit, and there's a file I want to use, and what I'm going to do is come down here to this image of my daughter swinging a sparkler around, near the fourth of July. And the image is called _mg_1093.jpg.

Now, what I'm going to do is select that image, this time to open it in the Editor. I'm just going to right-click on that image, and I'm going to choose Edit with Photoshop Elements Editor. And that'll open that file within the Editor. Now, back over here to my Type tools, I'm going to click and hold on that. We can also create text on a shape tool. Now if I choose this option, what you'll see is up here in my Options bar if you click on the drop down menu you can create several different shapes that you may want to create.

For example I could go with maybe a basic ellipse and if I click and drag I can create an ellipse shape. And what I can do is I can actually apply text on this path. So if I click on this path, I can go ahead and start typing. And you can see that it remembers all the properties that I had set from the last time I used this operation. So my text is Miread pro bold, it's blue, it's a hundred seventy-five points in size.

Now, I didn't really want to use this for this example, but you can see how this works. So what I'm going to do is I'm just going to click the Cancel button up here. And now I'm going to actually go ahead an create type on a custom path. So what I'm going to do here is I'm going to change my tool, I'm going to go to the Text on custom path tool, that's this last option here. And with this tool you basically click and drag with your mouse to create a custom path. So what I'm going to do here is I'm going to click and drag with my mouse and it's basically just drawing freehand with like a pencil. And you can see that it has drawn a custom path where I have dragged with my mouse.

So, what you do is you can refine that path a little bit. I'm going to zoom in a little bit by pressing Cmd+on the Mac or Ctrl+on Windows, then I'll just hold down my spacebar to reposition the image at the location I desire. Up here my Options bar, I can switch from the Draw Custom Path to the Refined Path tool. When I click on that, you can see it shows me all the points on this path. And if I hold down the Option key on Mac or the Alt key on Windows, I can click to remove some of these paths. And this can help to make your path a little less jaggy, as you're putting the type on that path.

Sometimes when you have too many points on that path, the text can follow that path a little too precisely. So I think that looks pretty good. Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to commit my change. I'm going to click on the green checkmark, and then once again, I'm going to hover my cursor over the path, I'm going to click and I'm going to type celebrate. I can tell already that this text is going to be too big so, while I have this cursor here I'm going to press Cmd+A on Mac or Ctrl+A on Windows to select all that text. And I'm going to reduce the size a little bit.

I'm going to go down to about 140 and I think that will give me enough room here. So I put my cursor back there and then I'll type the word July. Now I'm going to select it once again and I'm going to change the color, so up here I'm going to click on the color swatch. I'll pick maybe part of this bright. Yellow color here. Maybe I'll go with like the orange. There we go. Click OK. And if we click in there we can now see that the text has taken on the color that I had selected. So I'm going to select that text again by clicking and dragging on it. And another way that you can increase or decrease the point size using a keyboard shortcut Is by holding down Shift+Cmd on Mac, or Shift+Ctrl on Windows. And using the period and comma keys on your keyboard. So the period key or the greater than symbol, will make it bigger, and the comma key, or the less than symbol, will make it smaller. So I'm going to go ahead and change the size to what I want. That looks pretty good.

And then when I'm happy with this, I can go ahead and click the green check mark to commit my change. So I'll go ahead and close this file by clicking on the X. It's going to ask me if I want to save it. I'll go ahead and click the Save button, and I'm going to save this as another version. I'll call this one with type as well. And I'll go ahead and click the Save button. As you can see, with a little experimentation and a dash of creativity, these new tools can help you to create projects that are fun and exciting as well.

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