An anticipated feature to Photoshop and only available in Photoshop CS, and above, is the Text on a path Tool. The Path can be either an open or closed path as well as a vector filled path. Select either the Pen Tool (P), the Line Tool, the FreeForm Pen Tool or any of the Shape Tools with ‘Paths’ Option Bar feature active. Draw A Path (Open Path Example) In this example lets draw a sine curve using the Pen Tool with Paths active. Prepare Type Settings Next Select the Type Tool (T) from the Toolbar (Also open the ‘Window >, Character’ Palette and set your desired type parameters) then place the cursor at the beginning of the open path as I have captured below. Move Text Along Path To move the type along the path, first select the ‘Path Selection Tool (P)’ from the Toolbar and simply click and drag at the beginning of type as I have animated below. Re-Position Text along a Path To drop the text to the bottom of the path, select the Path Selection Tool (P), then click and hold, then drag the I-beam below. (Takes a little getting use to) Type on a Vector Shape. This example uses the ‘Rounded Rectangle Tool (U)’ with Options Bar ‘Shape Layers’ active. Pre CS user will find these alternative fake text on a path methods helpful. Circular Text: Using Vector Mask Circular (Editable) Text: Simplified Source.

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