How to Use the Text On Shape Tool in Photoshop Elements 11

The Text On Shape tool in Photoshop Elements 11 enables you to create type that flows along the perimeter of any shape. To do so, follow these steps:

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

  2. Select the Text On Shape 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. Select your desired shape in the Tool Options.

  4. Drag your tool over the image to create the shape.

    • To constrain your proportions, hold the Shift key down while dragging.

    • To draw from the center outwards, hold down the Alt (Option on the Mac) key while dragging.

  5. Transform your shape by choosing Image→Transform Shape and then your desired transformation from the submenu.

    The additional options you can use to refine your shape, common to all the Type tools.

  6. 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. Note that for some shapes the text wraps inside the shape. 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.

    If you type more text than can fit on the path, an overflow icon appears.

  7. 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.

You can also refine your shape path by using the Refine Path tool that appears in the Tool Options when the Text on Custom Path tool is selected. Just be sure you have your type layer selected before working with this option.

[Credit: ©istockphoto.com/ILLYCH Image #1731516]
Credit: ©istockphoto.com/ILLYCH Image #1731516
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