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Setting type around a shape

From: Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials

Video: Setting type around a shape

Following on from type on a path, let's look at putting type around a shape, because we needn't to limit ourselves to paths that we've drawn with the Pen tool. We can create vector shapes. In this case, I'm just using a simple vector shape from Photoshop's vector shape library and obviously it is the cat shape. You can use any vector shape that you have created in Illustrator or in Photoshop and attempt to put type around it. The more complicated the shape, the harder it's going to be to get a good result, but let's see how this is going to work.

Setting type around a shape

Following on from type on a path, let's look at putting type around a shape, because we needn't to limit ourselves to paths that we've drawn with the Pen tool. We can create vector shapes. In this case, I'm just using a simple vector shape from Photoshop's vector shape library and obviously it is the cat shape. You can use any vector shape that you have created in Illustrator or in Photoshop and attempt to put type around it. The more complicated the shape, the harder it's going to be to get a good result, but let's see how this is going to work.

So I'm going to turn off our starting layers, and I'm going to click at the bottom of the Layers panel there, so that we deselect that active path. Then I'm going to come and choose my Custom Shape tool, and the shape that I want is obviously the cat. If you don't see the cat as part of your custom shapes, make sure that you have all of the shapes loaded. It's actually in the Animals group, but you may as well go ahead and load them all. So I want to choose that one, and then I'm just going to draw myself a cat like that.

That's going to create a shape layer for me. I'm going to pop over to my text editor where I have this nursery rhyme. I'm going to select all of that. Command+C to copy it. Back to Photoshop and then press T to go to my Type tool. I'm going to start around here. I'm going to click, and then I'm going to press Ctrl+V or Command+V to paste the type. Which way is the type going to go? Well, putting type around the shape is going to be tricky. Sometimes the type will go inside the shape, sometimes it might go outside the shape.

The direction of the type can vary, but regardless, we will get to position the type exactly where we want it. I'm going to come and turn off the visibility of the shape layer, and there we can see the type. It's actually going inside the shape, and it's going in the opposite direction to how we want it to go. So I'm going to zoom in, and I'm going to come and choose my Path Selection tool. And then I'm going to pull that outside of the path, and I can then extend the length of the story just by pulling the right-hand handle around.

There we see the whole of the nursery rhyme. I'm almost tempted to leave it there because that doesn't look too bad at all, but let's see if we can make it move around more of the cat shape because ultimately, we want it to suggest the cat shape without having the shape layer or the path outline visible. So I'm going to choose my type tool and then click in that type. When you get into this type, you saw me click in, but I actually ended up at the end of the story, and that's likely to happen to you as well.

If it does, you can move around here by pressing Command+Left Arrow or Ctrl+Left Arrow will move you to the beginning of the previous word, or Command+Right Arrow or Ctrl+Right Arrow will move you to the beginning of the next word. Let's zoom in. What we want to avoid are any nasty gaps between the letters that are caused by changes in the shape direction. So I'm going to select all of that type and I am going to increase my type size.

We'll go up to 14 points. So here's our first problem. So right there, I'm just going to add a space in front of that and then move to the next problem, which I think is about right there. I'm going add another space and another space just so that that moves comfortably around the curve. Having done that, I'm losing the end of the rhyme, so I'm going to switch back to my Path Selection tool and I'm going to grab that marker at the end and then pull that down again.

Just go back and keep fiddling with the type, starting at the beginning, working towards the end, until we've smoothed out all of the kinks. This would be our last resort, but if necessary, we may find that we need to modify the shape of the path ever so slightly. Like here, for example, on the paw, if we were to get around that paw of the path, we might find that this indentation is going to cause us problems, in which case, we can choose the Direct Selection tool, and then click on that, and we can maybe just smooth that out a little bit, so that the type will run around it more easily.

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Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials

60 video lessons · 16995 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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