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Text on a Path

To type text along a path, follow these steps:

  1. Draw the path for your text to appear on.
  2. Click the Type tool and select the font, size, and color. Hold the mouse over the path until it turns into an I-beam cursor. Click and type the text; it appears along the path (see Figure 7).
    Figure 7

    Figure 7 Draw a path using the pen or any tool capable of drawing paths; a shape is shown. And then type your text along that path.

  3. To move the text along the path, click the Path Selection tool and drag on the beginning of the text to move it up the path. You can also reposition the text underneath the path by dragging it below the path.

The text and the path remain editable, so if you change the shape of the path, the text will change, too. You can also place text inside a closed path by creating the closed path using the Pen tool; then click the Text tool and type inside the area enclosed by the path. If you change the shape of the path, the text inside readjusts to fill the shape.

Paths are a useful Photoshop tool for working with and saving selections. While working with paths brings you into contact with the sometimes complex Pen tool, its power to make and edit paths makes these two tools combined important additions to your Photoshop skills list.

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