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Tutorial Tuesday: How to do Text On a Path

by Steph on 18 September 2012
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Have you ever wanted to put your journaling around a circle or square or any other shape? Well, this technique is called text on a path. It’s not too hard {yay!} and I am going to show you 2 ways to do it.

Today we are going to be using a circle. But you can do this with any shape. First using the shape tool { “U” } make a circle. Do not rasterize this circle. You will know it isn’t rasterized because you can see the clipping mask in the layers panel {red arrow}

Next, activate your text tool “T”. Hover over the circle. If you hover ON the path {you can see a faint outline} you will see a T with a sort of squiggle. If you were to click now, you would be able to write around the perimeter of the circle. If you hover on the inside, you  will get a slightly different symbol. T with  (). that will let you write IN the circle. Click where you want and type away!

Now, if you don’t want that circle in your LO, simply rasterize it and delete it. Not too bad right?

Ok, but what if said circle is actually on a template and it’s already rasterized? Well lucky for us there is another way to do it! First, put marching ants around your circle. Do this by clicking in the circle in the layers pallet while holding command or control. When you have the circle outlined switch to the Marquee tool “M”. Right click to bring up a little menu. From that menu choose make work path. Next a little box will pop up asking you for a tolerance level. I find the 2 works best.

From here we proceed as before! Switch to your text tool and type away! You can use this technique on any shape, even on letters. Have fun putting your text on a path!

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1 ScrappyMama 18 September 2012 at 4:31 pm

I’ll definitely be giving this a try, but, can you tell me what “rasterizing” is/means & how do I do it (for the 1st example you shared)?? I appreciate all the tips ya’ll share with us & I refer to them often…THANKS!!!

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2 SnickerdoodleDesigns 19 September 2012 at 3:26 am

Great explanation, Steph! Thanks for sharing both methods!

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3 SnickerdoodleDesigns 19 September 2012 at 3:27 am

Great tip, Steph. Thanks for showing us both methods.

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4 Jill Schwegel 19 September 2012 at 4:00 am

I always wanted to know how to do this in Photoshop … I’ve been doing it in Illustrator then doing a copy/paste over to Photoshop. Not the best workflow … THANK YOU!!!

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5 Pam West 22 September 2012 at 8:01 pm

Thanks so much. I’m going to try this right away.

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