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How to Use the Text On Custom Path Tool in Photoshop Elements 11

If you want to create your own path or shape as the basis for your type in Photoshop Elements 11, the Text On Custom Path tool is the tool for you. Here’s what you do:

  1. Open a saved image or create a new, blank Elements document in the Photo Editor in Expert mode.

  2. Select the Text On Custom tool from the Tools panel or press the T key to cycle through the various Type tools.

    You can also select the particular Type tool you want from the Tool Options.

  3. Drag your tool over the image to create the custom path of your choice.

  4. Refine your path by selecting the Refine Path option on the Tool Options; drag the anchor points or path segments with the tool to get your desired shape.

    You can also transform your custom path by choosing Image→Transform Shape.

  5. Position your mouse over the path; when the cursor icon changes to an I-beam (capital letter I with a crooked line crossing over), click the path and type your text.

    The text wraps along the shape’s path. If you type more text than can fit on the path, an overflow icon appears.

    You can move the text around or to the inside or outside of the custom path by holding Ctrl (Command on the Mac) while clicking and dragging the mouse around the shape or to outside or inside of the path.

  6. When you finish entering your text, click the Commit icon.

    Elements creates a new type layer. You can edit any attributes, such as font size, just as you can with point or paragraph text.

  7. To create a new custom path, select the background layer and begin again.

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