How to Make a Circle of Text in Photoshop CS4

Written by linda tenenbaum
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How to Make a Circle of Text in Photoshop CS4
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A circle of text is a design element that can create a professional look on business cards, websites, flyers and logos. It is easier than ever to do, using Adobe Photoshop CS4. There are various techniques to warp text in Photoshop, but only this method will give you a perfect circle without distorting the text. When choosing the font or style of text, selecting a simple typeface will make it easier to read the words.

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  1. 1

    Start the Photoshop CS4 program by double-clicking on the icon. From the "File" heading on the top task bar, select "Open." A pop-up menu will show your computer files. Select the file you wish to add text to.

  2. 2

    Click the "Paths" icon on the top task bar right below the heading "Edit." It is the second of three "shape" icons. You will see the word "Paths" when you hover over it.

  3. 3

    Select the ellipse shape from the "Shapes" tool in the tool palette on the left side of the work area. Move to the work area of your image. While holding down the "Shift" key, click and hold down the right mouse button and drag the circle to the desired size.

  4. 4

    Select the text icon "T" from the tool palette. Place the text cursor over the path; it will show a letter "T" with a diagonal slash through it when positioned properly. Start typing your text after selecting the font, size and colour. The text will automatically type around your circle.

  5. 5

    Adjust the text to fit, if it does not fully complete the circle, by increasing the spacing between the letters. Click on the top task bar on the heading "Window" and then check off "Character" on the drop-down menu.

  6. 6

    Increase the space between the letters on the "Character" pop-up window by selecting the "A-V" with a double arrow icon pointing outward. Increase the numbers in that box until the text completes the circle or however far you wish.

  7. 7

    Move the position of your completed circle on the canvas by selecting the "Path Selection Tool" icon on the side tool palette.

Tips and warnings

  • Adding an adjustment layer to work on instead of just creating a path on your existing image makes it easier to move or adjust later.
  • You can edit the text at any time on the path by double-clicking on that layer.

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