Creating Type on a Path in Adobe Photoshop CS5
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In Photoshop, you can create type that follows along a path you create with a pen or shape tool. The direction the type flows depends on the order in which anchor points were added to the path. When you use the Horizontal Type tool to add text to a path, the letters are perpendicular to the baseline of the path. If you change the location or shape of the path, the type moves with it.
You’ll create type on a path to make it look as if questions are coming from the model’s mouth. We’ve already created the path for you.
- In the Layers panel, select the Background layer.
- Select the Paths tab in the Layers panel group.
- In the Paths panel, select the path named Speech Path. The path appears to be coming out of the model’s mouth.
- Select the Horizontal Type tool. Then, choose Window > Character to display the Character panel.
- In the Character panel, select the following settings:
- Font Family: Myriad Pro
- Font Style: Regular
- Font Size (): 16 pt
- Tracking (): -10
- Color: White
- All Caps ()
- Move the Type tool over the path. When a small slanted line appears across the I-bar, click the beginning of the path, and type WHAT’S NEW WITH GAMES?
- Select the word “GAMES,” and change its font style to Bold. Click the Commit Edits button () in the options bar.
- In the Layers panel, select the What’s New with Games layer, and then choose Duplicate Layer from the Layers panel menu. Name the new layer What’s new with MP3s?
- With the Type tool, select “GAMES,” and replace it with MP3s. Click the Commit Edits button in the options bar.
- Choose Edit > Free Transform Path. Rotate the left side of the path approximately 30 degrees, and then shift the path up above the first path. Click the Commit Transform button in the options bar.
- Repeat steps 8-10, replacing the word “GAMES” with PHONES. Rotate the left side of the path approximately -30 degrees, and move it below the original path.
- Choose File > Save to save your work so far.