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How to Warp Type in Adobe Photoshop Elements

If horizontal or vertical text is just way too regimented for you, try the Warp feature. Adobe Photoshop Elements allows you warp your type in your image. The best part about the distortions you apply is that the text remains fully editable.

This feature is fun and easy to use. Click the Create Warped Text button at the far right of the Tool Options. (It’s the T with a curved line below it.)

This action opens the Warp Text dialog box, where you find a vast array of distortions on the Style drop-down menu with descriptive names such as Bulge, Inflate, and Squeeze.

After selecting a warp style, you can adjust the orientation, amount of bend, and degree of distortion by dragging the sliders. The Bend setting affects the amount of warp, and the Horizontal and Vertical Distortions apply perspective to that warp.

Luckily, you can also view the results while you adjust. But the best way to see what they do is to just play with them. See the figure to get a quick look at a few warp styles. The names speak for themselves.

You can also use the Transform command, such as scale and skew, to manipulate text.

Text remains fully editable after you apply distortions with the Warp command.
Text remains fully editable after you apply distortions with the Warp command.
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