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Text on a Path

By Thursday, April 30, 2020 (MDT) 7 Comments

Today Creative Team Member is sharing how to create Text on a Path in Photoshop Elements.

Text on a Path


Learn how to place text:

  • Around a Shape
  • On a Selection
  • On a custom Path

1. Create Layout Foundation

Establish a layout foundation using an Artsy Paper and a photo clipped to a FotoBlendz Mask.

  • Go to File> New and create a New Layout at 12 x 12 inches, 300 PPI.
  • Open a digital paper from an Artplay Palette into the workspace.
  • Move onto the layout foundation using the Move Tool from the Tools Panel.
  • Add a FotoBlendz clipping mask to the layout foundation.
  • Select photo of choice and move the photo layer on top of the mask.
  • Clip the image to the mask with Layer> Create Clipping Mask.
  • Resize the photo or FotoBlendz clipping mask layer as outlined in the Use Techniques in Photoshop and Elements video.

Tip. See Modify Clipping Masks for everything you need to know about using FotoBlendz to achieve successful photo blending.

2. Text on a Shape

Create a shape and add text so that it follows the outline of the shape.

  • Select the Type Tool from the Tools Panel.
  • Choose the Text on Shape option at the bottom of your screen.
  • Select the Shape option of choice and create a Shape.
  • Hover the mouse over the path until the cursor icon changes to depict ‘I-Bar’ cursor icon.
  • Click on the Shape outline to select a point for your text to begin.


  • Type or paste text as prefer.
  • Click on the ‘Check Mark’ on the Bounding Box to accept the transformation.


Change the position of where the text begins on the outline of the shape, or whether it tracks on the inside/outside of the Shape:

  • Click your cursor within the text.
  • Hold down the CTRL/CMD key and hold down the LEFT mouse button to change the cursor into a ‘double-sided’ arrow.
  • Move the text around, in or outside the edge of the Shape to reposition the text.
  • Release the CTRL/CMD key when you are happy with the results.

3.  Text on a Selection

Create a selection, convert to path and add text so that it follows the outline of the shape.

  • Select the Type Tool from the Tools Panel.
  • Choose the Text on Selection option at the bottom of your screen.
  • Place the cursor on the ‘subject’ or ‘object in your image and drag the cursor to create a selection.

  • You can adjust the size of your selection using the Offset slider.
  • Confirm the selection to convert the dotted lines to a solid line called a Path. 
  • Repeat steps above for Text on a Shape.

4. Text on a Custom Path

Create a custom path and add text so that it follows the outline of the shape.

  • Select the Type Tool from the Tools Panel.
  • Choose the Text on Custom Path option at the bottom of your screen.
  • Draw a custom path over the image.
  • You can commit/cancel the drawn path to redraw from the Options Bar.
  • Select Modify in the Options Bar to refine or redraw the path.
  • Use the nodes that appear on the path to modify it.
  • Click the mouse at any point along the path to add text.
  • Follow steps for Text on Shape or Selection.

5. Embellish Layout

Add Brushes, WordART and Embellishments to complete your layout design.

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Photoshop Elements makes it easy to add text to shapes

  • A picture says a thousand words, but the right photo with the right words can say a lot more.
  • Adding text to your images creates visual interest in your layout design.
  • Use creative text to better tell the story of your photos.


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Anna Aspnes

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