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How to limit text area using paths in Photoshop

A nice little and commonly useful Photoshop trick that helps you limit the text area in a custom way using selections and paths, check it out.

 
  Author: mat | Version: CS5 | 25th September 2013 |  
 
 
1.
 

Open a random photo. My goal is to enter some text around the cake.

 
 
2.
 

Choose the Rectangle Tool.

 
 
3.
 

In the toolbar above, choose the Paths option (see picture).

 
 
4.
 

First select the area where you want to add text to. Select the object where you don't want the text to appear over as well.

The cake in my case.

 
 
5.
 

No choose the Ellipse Tool.

 
 
6.
 

In the toolbar above, choose the Subtract from path area option (see picture).

 
 
7.
 

Now select the area where you don't want the text to appear.

 
 
8.
 

Choose the Horizontal Type Tool.

 
 
9.
 

Click in the selected path area ...

 
 
10.
 

... and enter text of your choice.

 
 
11.
 

After you are finished with the text and you are satisfied with the way it turned out go to Paths, choose Work Path and click the Delete current path icon (see picture).

 
 
 
   
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