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How to Warp Type in Photoshop Elements 11

The great automated Photoshop Elements 11 Warp feature can twist your type in a variety of ways that are not only repeatable but also, thanks to the controls in their dialog boxes, customizable. The cool part is that even though type has been warped, it remains fully editable until you simplify it.

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Type-warping is fun and easy to do. Select the Type tool on the Tools panel and then click the Create Warped Text button in 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 pop-up menu with descriptive names such as Bulge, Inflate, and Squeeze. 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 preview the results while you adjust. The best way to see what they do is to just play with them. The figure shows some of the warp styles. The names speak for themselves.

Web designers take note: You can’t warp text that has a Faux Bold style applied.

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