• Filling Shapes with Text in Photoshop and PSE: Text Wrap in More Complex Shapes

    This week we are continuing a series of tips for creatively shaping text in Photoshop and/or Elements.
    We are exploring ways to add pizzazz to your pages by journaling in interesting shapes. This week, we are moving on to even more complex shapes. This technique will help you fit text into oddly shaped places on your scrapbook page, template, or project.
    When the shape you want to fill doesn't conform to a regular square, rectangle, oval, circle or custom shape, it often helps to add or subtract a section from a custom shape to achieve the text path you need. For example, some of the shapes in this template have cut-outs. Here's how to fill those odd shapes with text:

    Multi-step Text Wrapping:

    •With your document open, begin by getting the Custom Shape tool.

    For Photoshop Elements, locate the Tool Options at the bottom of the screen.
    Choose a shape, select a color that contrasts with your document and tick the Create New Shape Layer icon. For the tutorial, leave the shape size unconstrained and no style selected.

    For the full version of Photoshop, find the Options bar at the top of the editing window. Choose Tool Mode: Shape, Choose a fill color that contrasts with the background, No stroke, and New Layer under Path Operations. Then choose a shape from the shape picker.

    •Click and drag out the shape on your page.

    •Now choose the shape you want to cut out of the first shape.
    Select the background layer in the Layers panel, then select the shape layer again. (This is quirky, but it works.)

    In the PSE Tool Options, choose Subtract from Shape Area icon.
    In the Photoshop Options bar, choose Subtract Front Shape icon from the Path Operations section.

    Click and drag out the second shape. (Note: DO NOT hold the Shift key as you do this because holding the Shift key can change the function.)

    Press the Spacebar to reposition the shape as you are clicking/dragging. Once you release the clicker, it's too late to reposition.

    If you want to add to the original shape, choose Add to Shape Area instead of using the Subtract option. You can create a bumped out section using the Add option.

    Keep adding and subtracting areas from the main shape until you achieve the customized journaling area you need. You can scroll through the Custom Shapes to find a shape that will help you alter your text box to fit whatever shape you are filling.

    •Switch to the Move tool if you need to reposition the shape over a tag or journaling shape. You can resize the shape with the Move tool by dragging the side or corner handles. Press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get the Transform controls for resizing.

    •When the shape matches the space you are filling, tick the checkmark (below the shape in PSE or in the Options bar of PS) to confirm the shape changes. Get the Type tool and select a font, size and color in the Options bar.

    •Make sure the shape you drew is selected in the Layers panel. Move the cursor over to the shape on your document. The cursor changes to an "I" surrounded by a circle when you are inside the shape. Click anywhere and begin typing. Your text will be constrained to the shape. Tick the checkmark to confirm the text.

    •Finish by hiding the shape layer. Just click the eyeball (layer visibility icon) on the left side of the shape layer in the Layers panel to hide it.

    This technique helps you journal in a shape that will fit the journaling space on your project.
    In the next tip, we'll use a different tool to create a text wrap path in Photoshop.