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Setting type around a circle

From: Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials

Video: Setting type around a circle

Here we're going to create type on a circle--not just one circle, but two--so that the type reads correctly from the top and the bottom. So I am going to turn off the visibility on that group, and then I am going to come and choose my Ellipse tool, and I'm going to draw myself a circle. Now so that that circle doesn't end up in that group, I'm going to select the bottom layer, layer 0. So I'm going to start drawing my circle and as soon as I've started drawing, I'm going to hold down the Option or Alt key, so I can draw it from the center point.

Setting type around a circle

Here we're going to create type on a circle--not just one circle, but two--so that the type reads correctly from the top and the bottom. So I am going to turn off the visibility on that group, and then I am going to come and choose my Ellipse tool, and I'm going to draw myself a circle. Now so that that circle doesn't end up in that group, I'm going to select the bottom layer, layer 0. So I'm going to start drawing my circle and as soon as I've started drawing, I'm going to hold down the Option or Alt key, so I can draw it from the center point.

And so that I can constrain it to a perfect circle, I'm going to hold down the Shift key. Now I'll choose my Type tool, and before I do anything with my Type tool, I'm going to come to my Character panel and from the Character panel menu, I'm going to choose Reset Character, so that we start with a level playing field, all of the default values for my type. Now, I'll just move my cursor over the edge of that path, and you can just see that when I'm on the edge of that path, I get a flowing line through my type cursor. That indicates that I'm about to input text on a path.

So I'll click right there and just start typing. I didn't check this, but I got lucky. I had center alignment, so it's a good idea to have center alignment here, so that when we do the next step, which is to increase the size of that type, the type will grow around the circle rather than aligned on the left or the right of the insertion point. So I'm going to pump that up in size, and then I'm going to come and change the font to Poplar Std, increase the size a little bit more.

Possibly, and this is going to very according to what typeface you're using and to your personal preference, possibly also add some positive tracking, but maybe not that much. All right! Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to come back and select that shape layer again, and now I want to click on the bottom of this shape layer. Now if I don't see the path, what I'm about to get is just a new type layer. Let me show you. If I click right there, it just gives me a standard type layer, not what I want at all.

So I need to make sure that the path of the vector mask is active. We know that it is if it has frame edges around the four corners. So I should now be able to click right there. To make my insertion point, I'm going to get the same size type as before. I won't worry about that. I'll just go ahead and type it in, and then I will press Command+A to select all. I'll come and change my typeface. This time I'll use the Character panel since it's already open.

I'll change that to Myriad Pro, and I'm going to dramatically reduce the size of that. I want to start out at around 48 pixels. Then making sure I'm actually in the type, I'm going to increase the size now, Command+Shift+>. So the trick now is I need to flip this around so that the type is reading the right way, and this is a bit tricky--it has to be said. I'm going to come and choose my Path tool. You'll see now I have a diamond in the middle of that area of type.

That's because it's in the middle because this is center aligned. I need to sort of flip this around and put it inside the circle, which indeed I've done, but of course the circle is black, so we can't see the type. But if I now hide the visibility on that, there is my type now inside the circle. Well, that's fine, but it does look rather confined in there. If you've been watching this title all the way through, my hat is off to you if you have been, but if you have been, you will remember when I spoke about baseline shift, I said that there was this very particular time when baseline shift might be useful when you are working with type on a circle. This is that time.

So to now move the type down so that the top of the caps of 'roundabouts' is on the same line as the baseline of 'swings', I need to use my baseline shift. So I'm going to come and click in the baseline shift field and just press the down arrow, moving that out from the center of the circle, and I may need to make a few adjustments to the tracking. Let's have it slightly less. So now the shape layer that we used to actually put the type around, or more specifically, the vector mask of the shape layer, that has served its purpose, so we can make sure its visibility is turned off.

So I'm going to change the color of my type. I'm going to choose an orange color, and let's do both layers in one go. So I'll select both, then I'll come and choose my Type tool, and I'll come and click on the color box, and scroll up and then find a nice sort of burnt orange color and that gets applied to both layers of type. In the finished version, we also had an ampersand. You don't need to see me recreate that. I'm just going to turn on the group, and I'm going to borrow the ampersand from that group, hold down my Option or Alt key, and drag that down to make a copy of that layer.

I'll come and turn off the group, and that ampersand has with it a couple of layer effects, which I'll know expand. It has a drop shadow and pattern overlay. I am not going to go into how I got them to look exactly like this. There is a whole title called Layer Effects by myself, which I strongly encourage you to check out, but I just want to mention now that I can copy those same effects from the ampersand to the other pieces of text by holding down the Option or Alt key like so and then to roundabouts like so.

So we have a nice textured letterpress effect within the letterforms as well as a drop shadow. So there we have type around a circle.

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Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials

60 video lessons · 16396 viewers

Nigel French
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  1. 1m 31s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 6m 12s
    1. The pros and cons of setting type in Photoshop
      1m 27s
    2. Exploring type anatomy and terminology
      1m 8s
    3. Setting type preferences
      3m 37s
  3. 34m 28s
    1. Interacting with type layers
      1m 53s
    2. Entering and selecting point type
      6m 27s
    3. Copying a type layer
      3m 6s
    4. Choosing fonts
      3m 15s
    5. Sizing type
      2m 20s
    6. Understanding pixel/point size and resolution
      1m 49s
    7. Entering and selecting paragraph type
      2m 42s
    8. Finding and replacing text
      2m 20s
    9. Spell-checking your type
      55s
    10. Converting point type to paragraph type and vice versa
      1m 23s
    11. Creating returns and non-breaking spaces in paragraph type
      1m 18s
    12. Entering glyphs and special characters
      4m 28s
    13. Applying anti-aliasing to type
      2m 32s
  4. 39m 35s
    1. Changing fonts across multiple layers
      38s
    2. Changing type color
      4m 5s
    3. Sampling color
      3m 19s
    4. Working with transparency
      1m 46s
    5. Applying a gradient
      4m 22s
    6. Setting leading
      3m 56s
    7. Tracking type
      3m 7s
    8. Kerning type
      3m 44s
    9. Using horizontal and vertical scale options
      1m 39s
    10. Using Baseline Shift
      2m 39s
    11. Casing and underlining options
      2m 36s
    12. Giving emphasis
      41s
    13. Using smart quotes
      1m 3s
    14. Working with OpenType fonts
      5m 9s
    15. Resetting the Character panel
      51s
  5. 28m 31s
    1. Aligning paragraphs left, right, and center
      2m 17s
    2. Setting justified paragraph alignment
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning type on an axis
      2m 51s
    4. Setting forced justified paragraph alignment
      3m 4s
    5. Evenly spacing type elements with unique lengths
      2m 29s
    6. Aligning type with guides and Smart Guides
      2m 20s
    7. Aligning type along a radial axis
      2m 32s
    8. Grouping layers
      1m 29s
    9. Adding space between paragraphs and paragraph indents
      2m 9s
    10. Creating a bulleted list
      1m 46s
    11. Setting the hanging punctuation option
      42s
    12. Resetting the Paragraph panel
      51s
  6. 9m 19s
    1. Using type mask tools
      3m 10s
    2. Creating masks from type layers
      2m 36s
    3. Masking with a clipping mask
      1m 41s
    4. Masking with Pattern Overlay
      1m 52s
  7. 37m 24s
    1. Setting type around a circle
      5m 55s
    2. Setting type along a pen path
      3m 42s
    3. Setting type around a shape
      4m 29s
    4. Create a work path from type
      5m 59s
    5. Rotating type with Free Transform
      1m 15s
    6. Working with vertical type
      1m 54s
    7. Working with stacked type
      1m 44s
    8. Transforming type using the Warp tool
      4m 9s
    9. Distorting type
      3m 50s
    10. Converting type to shape layers
      4m 27s
  8. 17s
    1. Final thoughts
      17s

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