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Another creative way of creating type is to have it follow a path. There are many tools in Photoshop that can create paths, including the Pen tool; however, in this lesson, we're going to use the Ellipse Shape tool. First, we're going to select the type that we're going to paste onto our path. If you can see the Note icon, double-click on it in order to show the Notes panel. If the icon isn't visible, use the Window menu and then select Notes. The note should be selected by default, and all we need to do is use Command+C or Ctrl+C to copy the text.
Then we'll hide the Notes panel. Now we need to draw our path. From the Tool panel, I will select the Ellipse Shape tool. I want to make sure that I am not creating a shape layer, but instead, a simple path, so I will select that from the Options bar. Then I will start drawing my path in the upper-left of the image and drag down in order to create my path. If I want to reposition the path, before I release the mouse, I will hold down the spacebar and then you can see I can move by dragging my mouse to reposition it.
When I have got it centered, I will let go of the spacebar and then I will also let go of the mouse. Now before we add the type to the path, it might be handy to turn off the Background layer, just so that we can see the path a little bit better. In order to hide the background, I need to convert it into a layer first. So I will hold down the Option key or the Alt key on Windows and double-click on the Background layer to make it into a layer. Then I will click on the Eye icon to hide that layer. Now I will select the Type tool, but before I click on the path to add the type, I am going to reset the Type tool by right-mouse-clicking, or on Mac, you can Ctrl+Click on the Text icon and choose Reset tool.
Now I know that we will all be at the same starting point. If I position my cursor in the image area but away from the path and I click, I would get point text. If I reposition my cursor inside the path, I would actually get area text within this path. If I position my cursor right on top of the path then I am going to get text on a path. Now if I knew where I wanted the text to begin, I would click right there on the path, but I also want to show you how to move the text, so let's just click somewhere around here.
Then I will use Command+V in order to paste my text. Now when you use the Ellipse tool to create a path, we are actually creating a closed path. Had I just used the Pen tool and created an open path, then I wouldn't really need to worry about the next step. But what's going to happen is that I am going to select my Path Selection tool and we can see that when I position the cursor on top of the start point of my type on a path, I get the Text icon with a triangle.
If I click and start dragging that to the right, that will reset my starting point of the path. But intuitively, I wanted to drag it to the left, but I can't do that because this is a closed path and this is the end of my path here. So if I want to move the start of my path down to the left, about midway down my image, I need to make sure that the end of my path doesn't stop before then. So I will just click and drag the end of my path around the circle to the right-hand side. You can see if I position my cursor inside, the text will actually flip to go around the inside of my text.
If I position my cursor on the outside of the path, then we get the type on top of the path. Excellent! So now I just need to change or move the start point of my text. We can see though that all of my type is not visible. So I will switch back to the Type tool by clicking on the T on the keyboard, and then I will triple-click in the text to select all of the type and I will change the type size down to 8 point so that we can see all of the text. You'll notice though that only the text that was visible was selected, the rest of this text was not.
So I will go ahead and select it as well and then type in 8 to change that to 8 points. Now in order to center this text, I will click on the Center Text icon, and now we can see it's balanced on both sides of the path. And then we will make the Background layer visible by clicking on the layer. However, it's difficult to read the black text, so with the type layer selected, I can click in the color swatch in the Options bar and then either use the color picker to change my type or click right inside my image to select a color from the image and click OK.
And just like the area type and the point type, when I save this file as a PSD file or as a TIFF file, I can always come back and re-edit to type at anytime. There you have it, a quick overview of type on a path in Photoshop CS6.
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