Put Text on the Bottom of a Circle with Photoshop Elements

You can put text on the bottom of a circle with Photoshop Elements and have that text be right-reading up.

In the images below the one on the left has the bottom text upside down. The image on the right has the bottom text right-side up (or would it be downside down?).



Click on the video below to see exactly how it's done.

Under the video is an illustrated step-by-step guide showing how to put text on the bottom of a circle with Photoshop Elements.













How To Put Text On The Bottom Of A Circle With Photoshop Elements


STEP ONE- Add A New Circle.

We'll start where we left off in the last tutorial where we saw how to put text on a circle.

So let's assume we already have the text at the top of the circle and we have added guidelines to locate the center of our document.


Now let's add a new circle for our text on the bottom of a circle.

First go over to the Toolbox and click on the Text On Shape tool to make it active.

Text On Shape tool

Next place your cursor in the center of the document which is where the two guidelines intersect.

We can use that trick that we used in the last video to draw a perfect circle from the center of our cursor. So hold down the shift and option keys on a Mac or the shift and alt keys on a Windows PC as you click and drag out a new circle.

Make it so the circle is just resting on the top of the current text. Then release the mouse button and the modifier keys.




STEP TWO- Enter New Text For The Bottom Of The Circle.

Move your cursor over the new circle near where you want to enter the new text.

When you get over the circle your cursor changes to an I-beam with a wavy dotted line.


Click once to get the flashing text insertion icon which indicates you can start typing your text for the bottom of the circle.

For this example I'm going to type "ZEN EDITS" in all caps.




STEP THREE- Center Text And Flip To Right Side Up.

Next we'll see how to center text on the bottom of a circle.

Double-click on the Shape Selection tool in the Toolbox to make it active.

Shape Selection tool

Move your cursor over towards the new text until the cursor changes to an I-beam with an arrow on both sides of it. That indicates you can click-and-drag to move your text along the circle.

Once your cursor gets close to the text it will change to the above icon which indicates you can use it to move your text along the circle.

Drag until the cursor is over the top of the vertical guide line. The arrows on either side of the I-beam cursor will change to white indicating that your text is centered along the bottom of the circle.

White arrows on either side of I-beam cursor indicates that text is centered.

To make the text right-reading up continue holding down the mouse button as you drag straight up.

Once your cursor gets inside the circle the text will flip up and be right reading.




STEP FOUR- Space Out The Text.

The problem when you use this technique to put text on the bottom of a circle is that it tends to get squished together.

So we need to put some extra space between the letters and words of the text.

Make the Text On Shape tool active again by clicking on it in the toolbox.

Text On Shape tool

Place your cursor on the circle and between the first two letters and click once to get the flashing text insertion icon.

Use the spacebar on your keyboard to add a space between those two letters. Then press the right-facing arrow key on your keyboard to move the text insertion icon between the next two letters and add a space there.

Continue adding a space between each letter with this process until you get to the end of the text. Also add an extra space this way between each word if you think it will look better.

After you've added a space between each letter and word click on the green check mark to accept the changes.

After adding a space between each letter and word click the green check mark to accept the changes

That completes the lesson on how to add text on the bottom of a circle.

If you want to see how to add a round symbol inside the text, read on.




STEP FIVE (Optional)- Add A Symbol Inside The Text.

Now let's add a symbol inside the text to tie it all together.

To do that we need the Custom Shape tool. To get to it, first click on the Shape Selection tool in the toolbox to make it active.

The Shape Selection tool.

Next go down to the Tool Options and click on the Custom Shape tool to make it active. It looks like a blob.

The Custom Shape tool.

Next, click on the little arrow net to the Heart shape.


Click on the box labeled "Shapes" which right now is set to the Default set of shapes.


From the popup list that appears choose the "Symbols" set by clicking on it.


I'm going to scroll down the list until I see the symbol that I want to use which is the Yin/Yang symbol. And I'll double-click on it to select it.


We can use that same keyboard combination to both constrain the shape to a perfect circle (Shift) and to also draw out from the center of the cursor (Option on a Mac or Alt on a PC).

I'll place my cursor in the exact center of the document using the guide lines. Then as I click-and-drag diagonally to draw out my shape I'll hold down the Shift and Option keys on a Mac or it would be the Shift and Alt keys on a PC.


Once the symbol is the size you want, release the mouse button and the modifier keys.

By default these symbols are Smart Objects. You can tell that by the little square in the Layers thumbnail. It also looks a little jagged in the work area.


To convert it from a Smart Object you can go down to the Tool Options and click on the box that says "Simplify".


Now the shape looks a little smoother and we no longer see that little square shape on the thumbnail in the Layers Panel.


Here's a look at our final image:

Text on the bottom of a circle with Photoshop Elements.




That completes the 2nd and final part of this tutorial on how to put text on a circle and how to put text on the bottom of a circle.

Make sure to check out the 1st part if you missed it.

Until next time, this is Rick saying . . . Take care!







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