**Note: I have searched HIGH & LOW for a way to do this in Photoshop Elements and have come up with the same answer everytime. "You can't do Text on a Path in Elements". I have read that there are special Plug-Ins that you can get that will allow you to do this, but (from what they have said), it will slow your PSE waaaaaaaaay down. (This tutorial was created using Photoshop CS3.) If anyone has figured out a loophole... I would LOVE for you to either post a comment here or shoot me an email so I include those instructions here. There are some PSE users out there that reallllllllly want to be able to do this! :)
1.) Once you're ready to add your text circles, choose your Ellipse Tool from your tools palette as shown below. (If your Rectangle Tool is showing by default like mine was, simply right click on that icon to pull down your list of options and choose Ellipse Tool.)
2.) Once you have chosen your Ellipse Tool, refer to the top of your screen for your shape options. You will want to choose select the Paths icon as shown below:
3.) Now... if you want an oval, you will simply click and drag your mouse diagonally down to draw your shape. If you want a perfect circle (as I did), simply hold down your Shift key while you click and drag your mouse diagonally down.
4.) Once your path is drawn, choose your Text Tool from your tools palette (or type "T" on your keyboard... this also activates your text tool.)
5.) Now (after choosing your desired font and size), place your cursor somewhere on the path you just drew. (Your cursor should change from a regular text cursor to the text cursor with a sort of squiggly line through the bottom of it). Now click. A blinking cursor should appear with a small dot underneath... this is where your text will begin. (Don't worry... you can move it around when you're done if needed.)
6.) Now simply begin typing. Your text will follow the circle! Sooo cool... well... to me anyway. :)
7.) Now... in order to move your text around, you can do a couple of things here. Since this is a circle we are working with, you can simply choose you move tool and then place your cursor right outside the little box that appears around it, click, hold and turn to rotate it to where you want the text placed:
8.) Or... you can choose your Direct Selection tool from your tools palette (or type "A" on your keyboard, this will also activate the Direct Selection tool.)
9.) Now... you can place your cursor where your text begins until your cursor changes to a text-like cursor with a small thick black arrow next to it. When you see it change, click and drag in your desired direction. Couple of things here... 1.) If you drag your mouse inward toward the center of your circle, it will move your text to the inside. 2.) If you start moving your mouse along the outside of your circle, some of your text will disappear as you move your mouse. Don't panic. You should see an "x" where your text starts and a little circle with an "x" inside of it where your text ends. Once you get your text to "start" where you want it to, you can move your cursor to the end of your text and drag it out until the rest of your text become visible again.
Start out the same way you did before, choose your Ellipse Tool and then up top, choose your Paths icon. Hold your shift key down to draw a perfect circle and then choose your Text tool. Place your cursor inside your circle and begin typing. Here's a layout I created using this method:
Now... last thing for now on text and paths. Let's actually "create" a path in the shape of an element or a brush. For instance... let's use this heart stamp:
1.) Stamp your brush onto a new layer. Now, hold down your CTRL key and click on the thumbnail part of your heart layer. (You should see marching ants around your heart now.)
2.) Now, there should be a tab called "Paths" at the top of your layers palette. (If there isn't, simply go to Window and choose "Paths" to show your options box.) Once you are inside your Paths tab, choose the icon as shown below which will allow you to create a path from your selection.
3.) Once you click that icon, you will see a layer appear in your Paths tab called "Work Path" and your marching ants around your shape will turn to a solid line.
4.) Now, choose your text tool and place your cursor somewhere on your heart and begin typing. Your text will type out in the shape of your heart.
5. Now... to get rid of the heart and just have your text show, right click on your Work Path layer and choose delete path (or choose the little trash can at the bottom of your layers palette to delete that layer). Then, return to your layers tab and either click on the little eye to make it invisible or delete it. (I chose to just make it invisible.... just in case.)
There you have it. Text in the shape of a heart.
I would LOVE to know what you think of this tutorial. Feel free to leave comments.
(For layout credits, simply click on the above images of each layout. The heart stamp is from my From the Heart Brushes and Stamps set.)
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