How to Wrap Text Around a Shape Into a Spiral in Photoshop

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How to Wrap Text Around a Shape Into a Spiral in Photoshop
Shaping a line of text into a descending spiral can be accomplished with Photoshop filters. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Adobe Photoshop's filters allow you to apply a wide array of visual effects to graphics. Combined with the ability of newer versions of the program to generate text paths from selections, you can shape a block of text in a theoretically infinite number of ways. One of the filters used to distort images in Photoshop is known as the Twirl filter. Using it and the Paths palette, you can easily wrap your text in a spiral shape.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Create a new image in Photoshop of medium to large dimensions.

  2. 2

    Create a new layer in your image and use the rectangular marquee tool to select half of the canvas.

  3. 3

    Fill the selection with a solid colour using the paint bucket tool.

  4. 4

    Click on "Filter" in the top navigational menu. Select "Distort" and then "Twirl" from the submenu. Apply an angle of 999 in the pop up that appears and click "OK." Hit CTRL+F to apply the filter a second time. (See Reference 1) You should now have a noticeable spiral on your canvas.

  5. 5

    Hold CTRL and click on the icon for your spiral layer in the "Layers" palette on the right side of the screen. This will cause it to be selected.

  6. 6

    Open the "Paths" palette on the right side of the screen. Click the "Make new path from selection" button at the bottom. This will create a new work path in the Layers palette.

  7. 7

    Hide the spiral layer in the Layers palette by clicking on the eye icon next to it.

  8. 8

    Click on the Type tool on the left menu and set the text to right-aligned. Move the cursor over the centre of the spiral path and left-click to open a new text object. Begin to type and you will see that the text follows your spiral path outward from the centre.

Tips and warnings

  • The ability to make text paths from selections is only available in the first CS or later versions of Photoshop.

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