Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate
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Creating text along a path


Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

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Video: Creating text along a path

In this movie, I'll show you how to create text along a path. And this could be any path outline, a circle or any other shape you can draw on the side of Photoshop. For our part, we're going to be creating text along a slightly arcing line. We're looking at the final version of the composition, and I'm zoomed into the lower left corner along the model's glove. And you can see the words are arcing ever so slightly, that is, the baseline is arcing. So lets see how that works, I'll go ahead and switch to our composition in progress and I'll zoom in to that lower left corner of the image like so.
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 1h 1m
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
    2. Content-Aware Fill and Color Adaptation (CC 2014)
      7m 44s
    3. Combining two layers with a layer mask (CC 2014)
      5m 37s
    4. Content-aware healing (CC 2014)
      10m 17s
    5. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    6. Using Content-Aware Patch
      7m 17s
    7. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch
      3m 45s
    8. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 41s
    9. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    10. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    11. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    12. Protecting skin tones
      3m 31s
  3. 32m 55s
    1. Editing the histogram
      1m 50s
    2. The new automatic Levels adjustment
      4m 33s
    3. Customizing a Levels adjustment
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the Gamma value
      2m 7s
    5. Opening up the shadows
      2m 48s
    6. Previewing clipped pixels
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching with Output Levels
      4m 25s
    8. Making channel-by-channel adjustments
      2m 19s
    9. Faking a gray card in post
      2m 51s
    10. Assigning shortcuts to adjustment layers
      3m 29s
  4. 57m 43s
    1. How sharpening works
      1m 38s
    2. Introducing the Smart Sharpen filter
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding the Radius value
      5m 20s
    4. Gauging the best sharpening settings
      5m 45s
    5. Addressing color artifacts and clipping
      5m 49s
    6. The Remove and Reduce Noise options
      4m 22s
    7. The Shadows/Highlights options
      7m 36s
    8. Correcting for camera shake
      6m 47s
    9. Sharpening with the Emboss filter
      5m 45s
    10. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      4m 44s
    11. Painting in sharpness
      3m 1s
  5. 1h 12m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text
      8m 8s
    3. Font and type style tricks
      7m 58s
    4. Type size and color tricks
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters
      8m 9s
    6. Creating and editing area text
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs
      6m 50s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path
      5m 34s
    9. Creating text along a path
      6m 12s
    10. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 45s
    11. Creating and stylizing a logo
      6m 49s
    12. Masking text into image elements
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 9m
    1. The other vector-based layer
      1m 39s
    2. Dotted borders and corner roundness
      8m 14s
    3. Drawing and aligning custom shapes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating your own repeatable custom shape
      5m 43s
    5. Selecting and modifying path outlines (CC 2014)
      6m 5s
    6. Isolating selected layers (CC 2014)
      6m 39s
    7. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones
      6m 31s
    8. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes
      8m 49s
    9. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    10. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    11. Turning a small image into a huge one
      8m 38s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Depth, contour, and texture
      1m 28s
    2. Imparting depth with a layer effect
      9m 9s
    3. The power of the drop shadow
      7m 37s
    4. Modifying a layer and its effects
      6m 21s
    5. Saving custom default settings
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a custom contour
      8m 5s
    7. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      8m 8s
    8. Multiple effects and multiple layers
      7m 45s
    9. Global Light and rasterizing effects
      8m 5s
    10. Gloss and surface contour
      6m 4s
    11. Adding texture to Bevel and Emboss
      7m 21s
  8. 34m 48s
    1. Styles store settings
      1m 38s
    2. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      3m 41s
    3. Redefining a style and styling a word
      5m 38s
    4. Creating and styling a placeholder style
      5m 43s
    5. Applying and creating layer styles
      5m 45s
    6. Loading and customizing layer styles
      5m 42s
    7. Merging and saving layer styles
      6m 41s
  9. 56m 48s
    1. Meet the transformations
      1m 55s
    2. Transformations and Smart Objects
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting the interpolation setting
      5m 10s
    4. Rotating a layer with Free Transform
      5m 22s
    5. Scale, duplicate, and repeat
      4m 30s
    6. Creating a synthetic star field
      5m 20s
    7. Warping a logo with Arc and Flag
      5m 34s
    8. Distort, perspective, and skew
      4m 15s
    9. Using transformations to draw and correct
      7m 0s
    10. Bolstering text with layer effects
      5m 43s
    11. Adding highlights with Lens Flare
      6m 13s
  10. 43m 36s
    1. Removing the weight that the camera adds
      1m 7s
    2. The Warp and Reconstruct tools
      6m 44s
    3. Brush size, hardness, and opacity
      4m 29s
    4. The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools
      7m 12s
    5. Saving and reapplying Liquify settings
      4m 9s
    6. Lifting and slimming details
      9m 42s
    7. Warping legs, arms, and fabric
      5m 33s
    8. Improving a model's posture
      4m 40s
  11. 58m 46s
    1. Shoot in color, convert to black and white
      1m 55s
    2. Three ways to grayscale
      5m 36s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      7m 31s
    4. Simulating an infrared photograph
      6m 39s
    5. Creating a sienna-infused sepia tone
      5m 38s
    6. Creating a hyper-saturated image
      5m 26s
    7. Introducing the Black & White command
      3m 16s
    8. Customizing the Black & White settings
      4m 50s
    9. Black & White meets the Channel Mixer
      7m 29s
    10. Infusing an image with tint and color
      5m 9s
    11. Grayscale and Split Tone in Camera Raw
      5m 17s
  12. 41m 34s
    1. The many ways to print
      1m 41s
    2. Using the test document
      3m 18s
    3. Print, position, and size
      5m 57s
    4. Description and printing marks
      3m 3s
    5. Establishing a bleed
      3m 44s
    6. Getting reliable color
      5m 54s
    7. Special printing options
      5m 1s
    8. Previewing an image at print size
      4m 16s
    9. Creating contact sheets
      4m 49s
    10. Creating a multipage PDF
      3m 51s
  13. 31m 9s
    1. Making Internet imagery
      1m 6s
    2. Introducing Save for Web
      4m 39s
    3. Creating the perfect JPEG image
      5m 14s
    4. Creating a high-contrast GIF image
      6m 23s
    5. The two varieties of PNG
      3m 57s
    6. Downsampling for the web
      5m 59s
    7. Adding copyright and contact info
      3m 51s
  14. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
      1m 3s

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10h 37m Intermediate Aug 19, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2014

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Photoshop CC One-on-One is back, and this installment teaches you how to build on your basic knowledge and achieve next-level effects with this premiere image-editing program. Industry pro Deke McClelland shows you how to seamlessly move and patch areas of a photo with the Content-Aware toolset; stretch the brightness of a scene with automatic and custom Levels adjustments; create intricate designs with text and shapes; and morph an image with layer effects and transformations. Deke also shares his techniques for sharpening details, whether addressing noise and highlight/shadow clipping or camera shake, and converting a full-color image to black and white. The final chapters show you how to best print and save images for the web, making sure all your hard work pays off in the final output.

Topics include:
  • Performing automatic retouch, scaling, and more with the Content-Aware tools
  • Editing the histogram
  • Customizing a Levels adjustment
  • Making channel-by-channel Levels adjustments
  • Sharpening with the Smart Sharpen, Emboss, and High Pass filters
  • Working with vector-based type
  • Kerning and tracking characters
  • Creating text on a path
  • Drawing and customizing shapes
  • Creating depth, contour, and texture with layer effects
  • Liquifying an image
  • Simulating an infrared photo
  • Adjusting print position, size, and color
  • Creating the perfect JPEG image
  • Downsampling for the web
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Creating text along a path

In this movie, I'll show you how to create text along a path. And this could be any path outline, a circle or any other shape you can draw on the side of Photoshop. For our part, we're going to be creating text along a slightly arcing line. We're looking at the final version of the composition, and I'm zoomed into the lower left corner along the model's glove. And you can see the words are arcing ever so slightly, that is, the baseline is arcing. So lets see how that works, I'll go ahead and switch to our composition in progress and I'll zoom in to that lower left corner of the image like so.

Then I'll switch over to the Paz panel and you can see that I have a second path called down left. Go ahead and click on it to select it. Its a little hard to see here but its this arcing line set between two anchor points and that's it. So its pretty simple to draw, as we'll see when we take a look at the Pen tool. In the advanced course, but for now we'll just take this path outline for granted. Now, before you set about creating text on a path which is somewhat of a precarious proposition inside of Photoshop. You have to create the text along the path directly.

You'll want to go ahead and establish a few base line formatting attributes. So I've got my Type tool selected, I'll press the enter key to select the font. And I'll go ahead and type in MINI which gets me Minion Pro which is exactly what I want. Then I'll tab over to the style and I'll enter semi which gets me semi bold. And then I'll press the down arrow key to switch to semi bold italic, even though the name is truncated, that's the style that I've selected. And then I'll tab over to the type size. And I'll change it to 12 points. And then finally you want to click on the left align text icon right there in order to make sure that the text aligns to the left.

And we want the text to be white so click on the color swatch and go ahead and drag the circle to the upper left corner of the field. And then click OK. All right. Those are our formatting attributes. Now, let's create the text. And you do so by clicking with the Type tool on the path outline. Notice when I hover my cursor, it changes to an eye beam with a little dotted line going through it. And so whether we're working with a closed path outline or an open path like this one, the closed path would be a circle. That is it has no endpoints, it's continuous, whereas an open path has endpoints, it begins at one locations and ends at another.

Anytime you hover a path outline with the type tool you'll see this cursor and what you want to do is click and enter the text. Well we want our text to start up here and then go down but it's anyone's guess what the direction this path outline actually goes in. Photoshop knows the direction but if we've got the direction wrong it can mess things up. So rather than clicking at an endpoint you're better off clicking someplace sort of in the middle of the path outline just to hedge your bets. So I'm going to click right about there.

And you can see we've got a blinking insertion marker and everything looks to be good. Because the tallest portion of the insertion marker is on the top of the path which is what we want. That indicates the X height and the ascender. And the smaller portion of the insertion marker's along the bottom, that indicates the descenders. Alright then go ahead and type in The words September 2026 like so and you can see that 2026 just fell off the edge. If I press the backspace key a couple of times, in my case I happen to have room for 20 but as soon as I try to enter 26, the text falls off.

Which is great, because I want to show you how to modify the placement here. There's a couple of ways to do it. One is to use the Arrow tool which is the more surefire method. The other way is to press and hold the Control key or the Command key on the Mac. But that only works by the way, as long as you're. In the process of actually creating the text object. Later when you're editing it, this technique fails. But anyway, if you press the Control key or Command key on a Mac and hover over that X right there, you'll see your cursor changes to an I-beam with an arrowhead. Then you can go ahead and drag the text upward along the path like so.

In order to move it to a different location or, if that fails you just go ahead and press the enter key on the numerical key pad in order to accept your new text object and then switch to the Arrow tool and it doesn't matter which one it is. It could be the Direct Selection tool, it could be the Past Selection tool, either one. And then hover your cursor over the path out line and you'll see that I-beam with the arrow head and you can go ahead and drag the front of that text, the x which indicates the point of alignment there to whatever location you like.

Right about here is probably going to serve our purpose for now. One thing to bear in mind however, is you want to drag along the path, if you drag along the other side you'll flip the text like so, and that's not what we want. So I'll go ahead and drag back to the right side, to flip it where it needs to be. All right, now I'm going to press the T key to switch back to the Type tool. And I'm going to click inside the text, in order to set the blinking insertion marker, and then I'll press Ctrl+A, or Cmd+A on a Mac, to select all the type. Press Ctrl+H or Cmd+H on a Mac so I can see what I'm doing without the highlight there and I'll press Ctrl+T or Cmd+T on a Mac to bring up the Character panel.

I want this text to be all caps and you might ask me, well if you wanted it all caps why didn't you press the caps lock key and just enter the text that way. Because if you do that you limit your flexibility, whereas if you apply it as a formatting attribute. You can always change my in layer. So notice that you've got that little icon there that says 'all caps', you also have a keyboard shortcut as long as the text is selected Control Shift K or Command Shift K on the Mac. I'll go ahead and click on that icon in order to set my text in all caps like so and then I'll go ahead and hide the Character panel and finally I'll press the Enter key on the numerical key pad in order to accept my changes.

Once again notice here in the Paths panel that we have a new temporary path, we'll only see it as long as this specific layer is selected. And somehow I've ended up with the Work path, if you do as well you can tidy things up by just dragging that thing to the trash can. that may make you worry because our path outline just disappeared, however if you click on that temporary item once again, it comes back, and sure enough, that is the text object that we just created. Alright. We'll press escape this time since we just highlighted the text, so that's how you create text along a path inside Photoshop.

In the next movie I'll show you how to adjust the vertical alignment of the text along that path using Baseline shift.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate .

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Q: This course was updated on 09/18/2014. What changed?
A: Deke updated the course to reflect changes in the 2014 version of Photoshop CC. The updates are concentrated in "The Content-Aware Collection" and "Creating and Formatting Text" chapters, but there are new movies sprinkled throughout the course as well.
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