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How to add text to shape layers in Photoshop

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
November 7, 2012

A tutorial for using the Type tool to add words around the outline of a shape

Step 1

Start by selecting the shape’s layer, in this case the silhouette of the woman. Head to the Toolbar and find the Type tool (T). Set the font in the Options bar to Poplar Std, with a size of 11pt.

Step 2

Hover the cursor over the edge of the shape where you want the text to begin and click once. Press Cmd/Ctrl+Enter and then move the layer to very top of the layer stack. Double-click on the thumbnail of the Text layer to reactivate the cursor.

Step 3

Type your message and the text will follow the shape of the edge. Where text looks wonky, apply extra spaces between these. Randomly adjust the size of some of the letters for artistic effect.

Text on a path layer


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