• Using the Text Path Tools in Photoshop Elements

    The most recent versions of Photoshop Elements have three tools for creating text on a path. They are the Text on Selection Tool, the Text on Shape Tool and the Text on Custom Path Tool. These three tools make wrapping text around a shape a quick and easy task and are a great addition to your digital toolkit.

    Here's how to use each of these tools.

    Text on Selection Tool

    To use the Text on Selection tool, open an image in Photoshop Elements (version 10 or later.) Get the Text on Selection tool by choosing the Type tool and then clicking the Text on Selection option in the Tools Options at the bottom of the screen. The icon looks like a T surrounded by a dotted box.
    Choose the Add to Selection icon, a font, font size and color from the Tool Options at the bottom of the screen.
    With this tool selected, your cursor is a circle with a plus-sign inside. You can increase the size of the cursor by pressing the ] key or decrease by pressing the [ key.
    Scribble on the portion of the image you want to surround with text and click the green checkmark.
    o Note: If the selection goes outside the bounds, click the Subtract From icon in the Tool Options and scribble to erase away the extra portion of the selection.
    Now move your cursor over to the selection (marching ants.) It will change to an "I" with a wavy line through it. Click and begin typing. Tick the green checkmark to confirm the text.
    Get the Move tool to drag, resize or reposition the text on your image. Press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get the transform controls around your text if you need to resize it.

    Text on Shape Tool
    The Text on Shape tool can be accessed by choosing the Type tool in the tool bar. In the Tool Options at the bottom of the screen, select the Text on Shape icon which looks like a T on a piece of wavy paper.
    To the right of the tool icon, choose from the shapes offered: Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, Heart, Speech Bubble or Butterfly.
    Select a font, font style, font color and size.
    Click and drag out the shape on your document. When you position the cursor on the edge of the shape, it changes to an "I" with a wavy line through it. Click and type your text. It will surround the shape you drew. Click the green checkmark to confirm the text.

    Text on Custom Path Tool
    If you are good at freehand drawing, try using the Text on Custom Path Tool by clicking the Type tool and then selecting the Text on Custom Path icon in the Tool Options. It is the last icon which looks like a T with a wavy line under it.
    To the right of the tool icon, choose the Draw icon.
    Select a font, font style, font color and size.
    Click and drag out the shape on your document. Switch to the Modify icon (instead of Draw) to alter the shape you have drawn. Click on one of the anchor points and drag it to change the shape.
    Tick the green checkmark to confirm the shape.
    When you position the cursor on the edge of the shape, it changes to an "I" with a wavy line through it. Click and type your text. It will surround the shape you drew. Click the green checkmark to confirm the text.

    Using these PSE tools, you can surround embellishments, page mats, element clusters and other page elements with text. In the next tip, we'll work in the full version of Photoshop to type on a selection.