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4.2 Warped Type and Type on a Path

Now we’re going to take type to the next level, learning how to type on a path in Photoshop. Creating curved text is easier than you may think—just watch this video to learn how to warp type in Photoshop into interesting shapes and how to get text to follow a curved line. In the final project for this course, we will create a text badge.

4.2 Warped Type and Type on a Path

Hi there. In this video we are going to do things like this where we get the, say, photographer's name to flow along the edge of the leaf here, okay, along a path. And down the bottom here we are gonna make this particularly ugly badge where we get the text to flow along a circle. And then we are gonna make some bulgy text in the middle, okay, all learning cool skills using text in Photoshop. All right, so to get started, let's open the file to get started with. Let's go to File, Open, and in your source files, okay, you can open up 08-warped-text. Now, if you are following along this tutorial series in order, okay, you can just use the file that you created in the last video rather than opening up this one. Okay, but if not, open up this file. And what I'm going to have to do, what you might have noticed is that I picked some new fonts. I just couldn't handle Garamond anymore. So I picked some fonts. The trouble is, is you're not going to have these fonts. So what I'm going to have to do is I don't want there to be any kind of trouble when you're trying to open the document and it's saying you've got no fonts. So what I'm going to have to do is click the top one, hold Shift, grab the last one and [SOUND] we're going to get a layer and we're going to do the Merge Layers. Now your file is going to open, it's not going to have any trouble, but the text is not editable. Sorry about that, cool. So let's start with the kinda curve that goes around here that identifies the photographer. Okay, and we'll get, it's called typing on a path. Okay, that's the kinda term for it. Now, what we need to do is create a path to follow. And we're going to do two versions, we'll do that plus the little badge down the bottom you saw. And we're going to start with, if you find the pen tool over here, and hold it down. So click hold, hold on the pen tool. Okay, and these extra options pop out. We're gonna use the free form pen tool. If you're already master of the pen tool, use that one. Okay, the freeform pen tool's for people that don't even know what these are, okay? So nice quick, easy version. So let's grab freeform pen tool. There's kind of two things before we get started. Along the top here, you can pick shape or path. Let's be on path, okay. And on the top here, there's a cog, click on the little gear wheel thing and curve fit, bump it up a little bit, okay? It goes, I think maximum is ten, but go up to five. All it does is when you draw, it's gonna help you kind of smooth out the line. So if you're drawing with a mouse and you're finding that the line's not very nice, just go into the cog and adjust this curve fit. Cool, so what I'm going to do is I wanted to kind of curve around here. It's best to start where you want the text to start. If I start up here and start drawing down but I want my text to come up this way, it can cause problems. So I'm gonna undo, step backwards. So I'm gonna down here. And I'm gonna try and up and over. It's a really hard movement to do if you're finding it hard. I've practiced a couple of times off screen. Okay, so that was okay. And you'll notice that it's curved that out nicely. That's to do with the settings in the cog. So that's an okay start for me. Okay if you get it wrong, hit it, step backwards, give it another go. Once you've got your path, though, the interesting things about paths is you don't see them as, they're one of the few things that don't appear in the layers panel. They end up in this paths panel. Don't go in there, it's messy and scary. But for this technique, we're gonna stay out here on the layers. So all we need to do now to get the text to follow along is grab the type tool and there's no extra settings. You just gotta watch this icon change. You can see by default it's this kind of like, I don't even know how to describe that drawing, that thing there, but you can see it in front of you, right? And when it changes, look, ooh, see the little line going through it? Bad, good, bad, good, that's the icon you're looking for. And wherever you start clicking is where the text is gonna start. So I'm gonna start somewhere down here, doesn't have to be perfect. You'll notice my cursor is flashing. Now if the last thing you did in Photoshop was a really big font, okay? It was up to like 200. It's going to be this giant flashing cursor. So before you start typing, just pick an appropriate size. I'm gonna go real small on mine. It's gonna be about 6 pt. Pick any font you like. I'm using Museo Sans Rounded. Okay, but you can use anything you like, and we're gonna type in the artist's name. Erol Ahmed, okay? And yeah, that's type on a path. If you can draw it and you can use the type tool, just click on it, will follow along. There's a couple of things you probably want to do, is you can select all the text like normal and make some adjustments. Okay font and size and color, mine's white. And the other thing you might want to do is this starting position for it. So I'm going to zoom in, remember Cmd++ on a Mac, Ctrl++ on a PC. Okay, and I'm gonna use my little sliders here. Can't use my space bar shortcut that we learned earlier on because I just learned if you hold down space bar it just puts in lots of space bars. Cool, so we've got this, now we want a begin and ending point, you can kinda see them there. There is this little cross icon, that's the beginning, and that's the ending. To adjust where it starts on this line and where it ends, you have to use this tool here. It's just underneath, okay? It's the path selection tool. Now, again, you can hold down this tool. If yours is stuck on the white area, that's fine, just click and hold it down and just grab the path selection tool. Cool, and if you click hold you can drag the beginning point. Drag it back. It's a little bit tough, if you're finding like, man, this is a little confusing, it is. It's a little bit tough to do. And the ending point, I don't really change that I want to be as long but you can see If it's too small, it doesn't have enough room to fit that word and just kind of drops them off. So if you are finding everything's disappearing, you might have to find that little circle, okay, and drag it out to the end of the line. Another thing you can do is click hold and drag anywhere in the middle of the line. You can see that little icon, it's all about icons here, see the little arrow there? If you click hold and drag it, okay, you can drag it and flip it underneath, and it's kinda flipped underneath. I'm gonna go to Edit > Undo, it's not what I want, step backwards. Okay, I'm going to though go get mine to kinda move to about there. And the other thing is, do you want to edit the path? Okay, now I can kind of grab any of these points and just kind of drag them along, sometimes though if you are not used to using vector paths it's easier just to go to things like edit, transform path and go to Rotate just say you just need to kind of like of like adjust it a little bit. Hit Return, okay, and you can kinda just make some adjustments. Don't just click anywhere on the line [LAUGH] step backwards. If you want to physically move this now, okay, go back to your Move tool, okay, that's probably the easiest to do. What I might do, it's quite bright. I'm going to lower the, not lower the opacity, I'm gonna change the color. So I'm clicking on the color of my type, okay? And I'm just going to lower it down to something just a little bit more off white. We're gonna look at drop shadows a little bit, if you're like, man, I wish I could add drop shadows. Why aren't we doing drop shadows? It's in a later tutorial. We'll do that real soon. Trying to segment everything out here, it's a little tough. All right, the next thing we'll do is we are going to create the badge, okay, that we saw at the beginning. So I'm gonna use a little shortcut to zoom right out completely. We can just hold Cmd+-, and it works. But if you hold Cmdon a Mac, or Ctrl on a PC, and just hit the o. It's the one along the top, okay, above all the letters. So not o, not o then, zero, okay, next to nine. Click on that, and it just kind of puts it in full screen, it's a handy little trick, little shortcut. All right, so to do the badge is quite similar. Instead of using the freeform pen tool to draw the shape, we're gonna use the Ellipse tool. So if you click and hold down, you probably got the rectangle tool selected by default. Click, hold the mouse down for a while, and then go to the Ellipse tool, okay? And the same thing with this, you can draw with a shape, okay, but it's better to draw with a path, okay? Remember the path is this kind of like hidden invisible line that the ticks can follow. So, ellipse, path, now we're gonna draw out a circle. I want mine in the bottom right here, okay, somewhere in here. Now if I draw out a circle, okay, I can draw any sort of ellipse that I want. If I want it to be a perfect circle though, the height and width, who can guess what we need to hold down on our keyboard? Have a guess, you might be wrong, you might be right. It's the Shift key, okay. That Shift key constraints the height and width. We did it when we transformed early, remember, when we scaled it up and down, we hold down the Shift key. Okay, get it to a right sorta size and then remember, what do I let go first? Let go of my mouse first and I've got a kind of circle, we can adjust this later on. Just like before, okay, we've got our path, now grab the type tool and we're looking for the right icon. This is a little bit more important because so a bad icon, good icon, but then sneakily, there's another one. Okay, this is a third group. So you might wanna do this on purpose, okay? But if I use this icon where the dotted circle around the outside, if I click once, it's going to turn it into a shape that I can type into. So I'm typing and putting in a few spaces to break the lines up. That is a technique. We're not doing it in this course. So we're gonna go Edit > Undo typing. Okay, actually, I'm gonna go what I want to get it because you're halfway through typing, okay, I'm gonna hit the Escape key on my keyboard top left. Just kind of like Escape key is like, I didn't mean it, let's get out of there button. Okay, and let's go to Edit > Step backwards and we're back. Cool, so we've got our path, and we're gonna look for the right icon bad, bad, good, okay. And try and get it where you want it to start. I want mine to start in the middle there. Kind of, all right, and we're gonna start typing so I'm typing in all caps so FRESHNESS, can never spell this word. I'm totally gonna pause this and come back and spell it right. [LAUGH] Okay, what you'll notice is freshness guaranteed. Okay, and, man, it's probably wrong, it's okay. And what I'm gonna do is I could rotate this around or what I'm gonna do is my cursor's still flashing and he can see a little flashing there. It can be anywhere. I'm just gonna go and be centered text, okay? So that's gonna kinda try and center it. The problem is it kind of centered upside down. That's okay. So instead of trying to play around with these markers, okay, there's that little cross and then this little circle, they're actually mixed up together here. They're really a bit of a pain. So what I'm going to do is I'm just going to go through and do this. Edit > Transform path and I'm gonna go to Rotate, and this is just easier. Okay, so I'm going to rotate it around so it's at the top. I hit Return, and that's just a nicer way of doing it. These little targets are painful. All right, again, the font size is going to be up to what you're doing. I'm going to go down to five points probably pretty low. We'd have print this out and double check whether it's legible on our postcard. It's always a interesting thing when you're working on a screen and need to print, always print it off. So, budget one in your office just to see can you read the text at five point? Probably not, but heigh-ho, this is an example. So I want to leave it there and go on to doing the squeegee text in the middle but people will inevitably go, hey, how do I put text along the bottom there? And the thing about it is that you can't do it on the same path, okay? So what you do is, you duplicate this path, and you have two of them, and flip it over. Doesn't make sense? Probably not. Let's learn by doing. So what I'm going to do is right click freshness guaranteed. And I'm gonna say duplicate layer, give it a name. What was it called, next day. It doesn't really matter what you call it. I never name my layers, okay. You should though. Okay, I'll just call it next day. But you see it hasn't changed the text. What's happened is, if I grab my move tool, there's just two of them sitting on top of each other. Now, this is a bit of a hack because say Adobe Illustrator, which would be perfect for doing this exact same badge thing and you know, there's tutorials on how to do that. But Photoshop does it okay, so let's just look at it. So, I've got two of them now. I want to flip it upside down, so let's grab the type tool, okay. And, like before, okay, if I click in here, remember what I can kind of drag this so it kind of flips upside down. Where are you? I'm not using the text took, that doesn't work, okay? I'll leave that in there because you'll probably do the same thing. Grab the Direct Selection Tool over here, okay? The black arrow and then click hold and drag, and flip it over to the other side. Cool, and it's on the wrong way. So I'm gonna use my Edit > Transform Path > Rotate, I'm gonna flip it around. Now, I'm flipping this around. You might have seen before that mine just happen to magically snap like this into these nice little degrees. You can manually do it at the top here. You can see those are degrees, okay? But if you hold Shift while you're dragging the corners, it just kind of locks it into 45 degree angles. And that's going to work for me. Hit return, [LAUGH] I'll do it one more time. Return, eventually you'll get it. Okay, so what I want to do is I want it to be kind of what you'll notice if I grab my move tool and I drag him up, he's kind of in a different sort of, he's on the inside of the line now. So this is where Illustrator has an option to go through and kind of flip it to the outside of the path. What I mean by that is, you can see he's sitting on the inside, okay, where I want him to kinda be spread around the outside. And I can't figure out a way to do this in Photoshop. I don't think you can. So if you can, leave me a comment, I'd love to know how. Okay, I don't think you can. So what we can do is just make the circle a little bigger. So the same part, Edit > Transform path. Let's go to scale. Okay, I want to make it bigger, but I wanna hold down Shift to get it to kind of be proportionately bigger. Okay, and then it's just kind of working out what seems to work for your design. Try not to click on the line. Okay. Move tool. Little bit of transforming, a little bit of wriggling around. And this one down here is not gonna be freshness guaranteed any more. This one's going to be next day delivery. Now look. Cool, I'm gonna rotate it a little bit longer. You notice I'm not going out to the Edit menu much anymore. Okay, if I want to rotate, Edit > Transform. Okay, there are some shortcuts. Free Transform is the cool shortcut that does a bit of scaling and a bit of rotation all at once. So if you are like I'm getting really sick of going up to all these menus, you'll notice that the really common things have like undo is Cmd+Z on a Mac or Ctrl+Z on a PC. So if you are doing something over and over, just check, is there a little shortcut and you might want to save some time. All right, so we've got the top one and the bottom one, they're just things on their own layers doing their own thing. Okay, but it's the way to get them top and bottom. Next thing I wanna do is grab my Type tool, I'm gonna click in the middle here. I'm gonna be centered. I'm gonna type 100%. I'm gonna pick a font and a size. Bit big, pick a bold one. So you go off, pick a font and a size. I'm gonna stick mine in the middle here. And we're gonna use one of the easiest features. So with it selected here, go to your type tool. Okay, well it's selected, sorry, just had to make sure is the layer is selected, it's kinda this light gray. Make sure you're in your type tool and there's this little icon here. Okay, this little icon here is the warp text tool option. Okay and watch this. Let's get down here. So Style none, let's go to arc and it's gonna arc it. Lower arc, arch. I'm just reading stuff out now, flag is cool. And the best one of all, there's never not a good time to use fish. [LAUGH] Okay, so have a play around with them. They've all got options you can make, just drag these left and right, decide which say the fish head goes. There's lots of kind of adjustments on them all. And if you do find you've kind of destroyed it and they're not really working anymore cuz you've changed too many settings. A little trick is hold down the Alt key on a PC, or Option key on a Mac. You see the cancel, so I'm just tapping that key. So I'm on my Mac, so I'm holding down Option, and just click Reset, and everything goes back to normal. And what I want is Bulge, there you are. Cool, now I'm just gonna find a thing that works for [LAUGH] my thing. That looks good. [LAUGH] it doesn't, but that's okay, we've learned the tool. Let's click OK. All right, so that is the end of the tutorial, but now it is time for your homework. Okay, I would like you to take your new found skills, doing type on a path, okay, and make a badge for another company, okay? It's a real association. It's this one here. If you go to your exercise files or your source files, it's OAB called badge exercise. There's the text, okay? So it's the Association for Obesity Prevention. Check out their website, okay, and I'd like you to create a badge kind of similar to what we did here in our exercise. Okay, doesn't have to be exactly like this. Use a bit of creativeness in there, okay? And yeah, I'd love to see what you come up with, okay? So pick fonts, colors, ways of using the type in here, and I'd love to see either a JPEG or a screenshot of it, okay? And either post it in the forum as outlined at the beginning there or send it to us on social media. So for Envato Tuts Plus, they are Tuts Plus design on Twitter, on DanLovesAdobe on Twitter. But for Instagram, find me at bring your own laptop and just tag me in it. I'd love to see what you do or give me some feedback if you ask for it, or let's just share what everyone's doing, we'd love to see what you're up to. >> All right, friends, that is it for this video. Let's get into the next one where we start looking at drop shadows. Finally, you're like, man, let's add some drop shadows to this text so it's more believable or readable? It's time to do that next in the next group of videos. See you there.

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