common object example


Type Along a Path in Photoshop

  ●     Make a path.

  ●     Get the Text Tool and link the text to the path.

Learn About:

Pen ToolPathsTextShape Tool

  •  This tutorial is used in the Renaissance Poster Project.

Other People's Work:

These are examples created by students following this tutorial.

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type on path

Step #1: Open your Project in Photoshop ~

Open your Project in Photoshop …



… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …


Remember: The Rubric for this project says:

Text includes required information:

  ●   Annual County Academic Decathlon 

  ●   July 4

  ●   “The European Renaissance” 

The phrase “Annual County Academic Decathlon” is the most prominent text at a minimum of 1” height for at least the initial letter of each word.

Step #2: Make a New Layer ~

Make a New Layer by going to: Layer > New > Layer …


… or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Shift(⇧)+n.

+ shift key + n key

Step #3: Find a Font ~

Find a Font that matches your project. Go to and search for a font that fits your project theme -

  •   For instance, if you want a text or font that looks Old, search for that at


  •   If you want something that looks like Money, search for that. Get it?

Step #4: Download the Font ~

When you find a font that matches your project, Right-Click and save the file to your desktop, or somewhere you can find it …

download font

Step #5: Open Font Book ~

Go to where you downloaded the font, open it, and double-click on the .tff file(s) …

ttf file

… when Font Book opens, click Install Font.

font book install

Step #6: Make a Circle ~

Get the Ellipse Tool which is behind the Rectangle Tool …

… make sure Paths is selected on the Menu Bar …

… draw a circle holding Shift(⇧) key shift key down to keep it perfectly round.



  •   What does the Shift key do?



  •   Try it without Shift & see …

Step #7: Type Your Text ~

Select the Text Tool or just hit the letter "t" …


… hover over the line you drew and watch the cursor change:


Step #8: Pick Your Font ~

Highlight your text …


… click on Font Family in the menu bar and select your downloaded font.

Step #9: Change the Position of the Text ~

You can push the text along the line using the Direct Selection Tool

direct selection tool

… then hover over the text, click and drag.

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Step #10: Layers Style …

Then go to: Layer > Layer Style > Outer Glow

layer style outer glow

Raise the size and spread of the glow so you can see the text clearly …

Step #11: Bevel and Emboss …

Next, add Bevel and Emboss

bevel and emboss

Again, adjust the settings to make your text contrast against the background …

Step #12: Drop Shadow …

Add a little Drop Shadow

… adjust the angle of the shadow …

… and lastly, add Stroke - adjust the width …

The goal is to make the text contrast against the background …

Step #13: Other Possibilities (Optional) ~

Click the Pen Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (p) …

pen tool

… and select Paths in the Options bar.

paths image

Draw a wavy line you want your text to follow.

Hover over the line you drew and watch the cursor change …

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Step #14: MORE Possibilities (Optional) ~

There are many possible variations to this technique. Behind the Ellipse Tool pull down the the Custom Shape Tool

… then pick a custom shape from the menu …

… and type something along that path.

Try using different custom shapes and make your text follow them! Be creative!

Last Step: Save and Attach ~

Go to: File > Save as … and save your file as a .psd

save as


  •   ALWAYS save your projects like this:


  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.


  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.