Put Text on a Circle with Photoshop Elements

You can put text on a circle with Photoshop Elements.

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 a circle with Photoshop Elements.

How To Put Text On A Circle With
Photoshop Elements

STEP ONE- Create A New Blank Document.

We'll start out by making a new document to put our text on a circle onto.

Go up to the File menu and choose New>Blank Document.

The "New" dialog box appears.

Let's make a 10 by 10 square document. Click in the Width field and type 10.

Press the Tab key to highlight the Height field and also type 10 in there. Then click the OK button to close the dialog box and accept the changes.

Now we can see our new 10x10 blank document in the work area.

STEP TWO- Locate The Center Of The Document.

Next we'll place a horizontal and vertical guide line to locate the center of our document.

To do that go up to the View menu and choose New Guide... from the bottom of the menu.

The New Guide dialog box appears.

We want to position the new guide at the halfway point of
our document.

We know that our document measures 10x10. Half of that is 5. So
type 5 in the Position field and click OK to close the box and accept
the change.

Since the vertical button was active in the dialog box we get a vertical guideline in the middle of our document.

Now we need to add a horizontal guideline. So choose New Guide... from the View menu again.

This time click the Horizontal option.

And again type 5 in the Position field and then click OK to close the dialog box and accept the change.

Now we have a horizontal guideline halfway down our document and the place where the two guidelines intersect is the exact center of our document.

STEP THREE- Set The Text Options.

Now lets setup our text.

Click on the Type tool from the Toolbox to make it active. It looks like the letter T.

Next go down to the Tool Options and set up the text.

I'm going to make three changes to the text options. First I want the text to be bold, so I'll click the little arrow next to the Font Style box and choose Bold from the popup menu.

Next I'm going to change the Font Size by clicking on the little arrow next to the Size box and choose 60 point from the popup menu.

And finally I'll change the Text Alignment to Center Align by clicking on the middle of the three alignment choices.

STEP FOUR- Create The Text On A Circle.

Select the Text On Shape tool by clicking on it in the Tool Options. It looks like the letter 'T' surrounded by a scrolling line.

Also from the Tool Options click on the Ellipse shape to make it active.

We want our Ellipse shape to be a perfect circle. To constrain it to a circle we need to hold down the Shift key as we hold down the mouse button and drag diagonally.

We can also force the Ellipse to draw out from the center of our cursor if we hold down the Option key on a Mac or the Alt key on a
Windows PC

So place your cursor in the middle of the page which is where our two guidelines cross each other. Then press and hold down the mouse button and also the Shift and Option keys (Mac) or the Shift and Alt keys (Windows) as you drag diagonally.

Click-and-drag diagonally from where the guidelines intersect while holding down the Shift and Option or Shift and Alt keys

The text will be added to the outside edge of the circle so don't make the circle too close to the edge of the document or there might not be room for the text.

Once the circle looks about the size you want it release the mouse button and then release the Shift and Option or Shift and Alt keys.

Now that we have the circle part of our "Text on a Circle" lets add our text to it.

Move the cursor towards the line of the circle. Once your cursor gets on top of the line it will change to an I-beam with a wavy dotted line. Once you see that you can click to add the flashing text icon indicating that you can start typing your text.

I'm going to turn on the caps lock on my keyboard and type "PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS".

Then I'll click on the green check mark to accept.

Now we have the circle part of our "Text on a Circle".

If you want to know how to center text on a circle, keep reading.

STEP FIVE- Center The Text Along The Top.

Now let's center our text along the top of our circle.

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

The Custom Shape tool.

Next go down to the Tool Options and click on the Shape Selection tool to make it active. It looks like an arrow.

The Shape Selection tool.

Now move your cursor towards your text. When you get  close to your text it changes to an I-beam with an arrow on either side of it. That indicates that you can click-and-drag around the circle to re-position the text.

When the cursor looks like this, click-and-drag to re-position your text.

Once the cursor gets to the vertical guideline the arrows on either side of the I-beam will change from black to white.

That indicates that the text is now centered at the top of the circle so you can release the mouse button.

Here's our text centered at the top of the circle

Be aware that the blue guidelines and the line that forms the circle are both non-printing items. So if we were to output this to a printer or put it on the web or send it in an email you would only see the text.

In Photoshop Elements you can hide or show the guidelines by going up to the View menu and click on Guides.

If there's a check mark next to "Guides" the guidelines will be visible in the work area. If there's not a check mark next to "Guides" the guidelines will not be visible in the work area.

Notice in the View menu it shows over to the right of "Guides" that there is a keyboard shortcut that you can use to show or hide the guidelines. It's Command-;(semi-colon) on a Mac or Control-;(semi-colon) on a Windows PC.

You can temporarily hide the circle by going to the Layers panel and clicking on the Background layer to make it active.

To show the circle again click on the Text layer to make it active.

To hide the circle, click on the Background layer (outlined in red above)

Here's how the text looks with the guidelines and the circle hidden:

STEP SIX (OPTIONAL)- Text Around The Entire Circle.

If you want your text to go completely around the circle one thing you can do is increase the size of your font.

To do that you need to use the Text tool. To get to the Text tool first click on the Text On Shape tool in the Toolbox.

Text On Shape tool

Next place your cursor over your circle and between any two letters until it changes to the I-beam with a wavy dotted line.

Then triple-click with your mouse to highlight all the text. Or as an option, click once to get the flashing text insertion icon and then press Command-A on a Mac or Control-A on a PC for Select All.

Now that the text is selected go down to the Tool Options and use the Size box to change the font size until it goes around the entire circle.

You can try different sizes by first clicking inside of the Size box. Then use the up and down arrow keys on your keyboard to increase or decrease the font size while watching the results in the work area.

Once you get your text sized right, click the green check mark to accept the change.

You can use the techniques we used earlier to hide the guidelines and the circle to check out how your text on a circle looks without any distractions.

That completes this tutorial on how to put text on a circle.

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

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