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Tutorial Tuesday: Text Boxes

by Steph on 23 October 2012
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I am a font junkie. Seriously, I am. And I love to journal. It used to be a pain because I would simply select my Text tool and plop it anywhere on my page and type away. It was hard to make it look right and fit where I wanted it too. And what if I got it looking right and I decided to switch the font? It would mess everything up! So Here starts a little mini-series on the Text Tool and fonts and maybe a little bit on journaling. Hey! I said maybe!  Today- the text box.

If you aren’t using text boxes for your journaling, well, you are making life a little bit harder. Maybe. To make a text box you simply select your text tool- hot key T – and click a point to start and drag on your page. It will look like this- you can now type inside your box, and PS will automatically line up, go to the next line and hyphenate words for you. Nice of photoshop!

But sometimes, our journaling isn’t best put in a box. In this LO I wanted to journal around my elements. I used the polygonal lasso tool -hot key L- to draw my box. *Extra tip* if you hold shift while going from point to point, you will get perfectly straight lines.

Just one more step and our box will be journal ready. We need to make the box a Text Path.  With the marquee tool selected -hot key M- right click and a menu comes up. Select the option Make Work Path. I like to set my path selection at 2.0.

And now you can journal away to your little hearts content! Fun huh? This is the same method we used in the Tut here.

And here is what my LO ended up like. Fun huh? I used a template by me, AKA ScrappyCocoa, come soon to a DSS near you ;) Next week I am going to delve a little deeper into the text tool. We’ll discuss fun things like kerning and stuff. 

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carol 24 October 2012 at 3:29 am

Thanks so very much for this tutorial. I really appreciate these tutorials.


2 Jill Schwegel 25 October 2012 at 2:42 pm

Another great tutorial and another great Photoshop tip that I didn’t know how to do … Thanks!!!


3 Claudia 29 October 2012 at 7:01 pm

Hi, really like your tutorials (I’ve pinned them on pinterest: and your freebies.
Is there anyway you can do this in PSE?

Love from Holland, Claudia


4 Faith A 1 November 2012 at 3:05 pm

I didn’t know this, thanks so much


5 Lea 1 November 2012 at 10:09 pm

Thanks for the tutorial! Very helpful!


6 Heidi 17 December 2012 at 3:22 am

I am a font junkie as well and was excited to try this technique on a layout. I followed along until “With the marquee tool selected -hot key M- right click and a menu comes up. Select the option Make Work Path. I like to set my path selection at 2.0.” I use PSE10 and when I rt click I don’t get the Make Work Path option. Is this tutorial only for PS? It says at the top that it is a PSE tutorial.

Thanks for your help.


7 granny5pics 8 January 2013 at 3:47 am

I have the same question as Heidi, above. I use PSE9. Couldn’t find anything like you describe. Would love to be able to wrap text around elements, etc. like this.


8 Amberpony 11 February 2013 at 5:49 am

The Work Path Method is So Easy and Fun! Wish I could remember to use it more often. Thanks for Another Well Written Useful Tut.


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