How to Put Text on a Path or in a Shape in Adobe Photoshop CC

Type on a path in Photoshop CC 2019

Text on a path is an often-overlooked technique.

 Sue Chastain

Just as it's possible to type on a path in Illustrator, you can do the same using Adobe Photoshop. You aren't limited to preset shapes; you can create custom paths for text in Photoshop using the Pen tool.

Instructions in this article apply to Photoshop CC 2019, but all recent versions of Photoshop provide the text-on-a-path capability.

How to Create a Path or Shape for Text in Photoshop CC

To put text on a path in Photoshop:

  1. Select the Pen tool or one of the shape tools in the toolbox.

    Select the Pen tool or one of the shape tools in the toolbox.
  2. Draw the path for the text. When the Properties palette opens after you release the mouse button, set the Fill color to None and the Stroke Color to Black.

    Draw the path for the text, then set the Fill color to None and the Stroke Color to Black.
  3. Select the Text tool, and then click on the path where you want to start typing.

    You can enter text above or below the path. Move the cursor to where you want the text to appear and click when it changes to an I-beam with a dotted circle around it.

    Select the Text tool, and then click on the path where you want to start typing.
  4. Set the text to Align Left, and then input your text.

    Adjust the font, size, and color of your text in the tool options bar.

    Set the text to Align Left, and then input your text.
  5. Select the Paths selection tool (the black arrow under the Text tool), and then click and drag the text along the path to get it into position.

    The text will be cut off if you move it outside of the visible area. To fix this, click on the small circle and drag it farther along the path.

    Select the Paths selection tool (the black arrow under the Text tool), and then click and drag the text along the path to get it into position.
  6. To move the text above the path, adjust the Baseline Shift in the Character palette.

    If the Character palette isn't visible, select Windows > Character to open it.

    To move the text above the path, adjust the Baseline Shift in the Character palette.
  7. If you want to remove the path you drew, select it with the Move tool or the Path Selection tool and press Delete on your keyboard.

You can also move the whole path with type attached using either tool. Use the Direct Selection tool to change the shape of the path.

Select the path with the Move tool or the Path Selection tool and press Delete on your keyboard.

All of the type tools work with type on a path or type in a shape. Your text is fully editable, and though it may appear jagged on screen, it will print just fine.

A paw print below the text