You can use this tutorial with any version of
PSP. Pictures shown are from PSP 9.
1. Open a picture. For this
tutorial, create a 250x250 space, then color the background as you desire.
2. Add a new layer. (Layers
- New Rasta Layer)
3. Click on Preset Shapes
tool, drop that menu down, and choose "Ellipse".
Leaving the defaults, draw an ellipse on the blank page. It does NOT
matter if it is color filled or not. We're going to delete it later
circle will determine the shape of your text, so take your time
creating it. Making it longer and wider makes longer, wider text.
Making it a big round circle will make very round text. You'll see
what I mean in the next step.
Click your text tool and move your cursor over the edge of your
ellipse. You'll see a tilted "a" graphic appear when you're
in the right place. Click that.
6. Write your text. You'll instantly see where your
text is going to go. If it's overlapping down under, cancel and
click again more toward the left side of the ellipse or resize your
font. You can always redraw the ellipse too, if you don't like what
*NOTE* If your text is coming out flat, you didn't
click at the right moment. You must see that angled "a"
shown in the picture above and click then. Just keep trying, it's
there! Don't give up!
7. Now we're going to remove the ellipse. On your layers menu
you'll see a "vector" layer. Open that up by clicking the
+ sign. This will now show you your text layer, as well as your
Click your text layer and then right click on it. From that big
menu that appears, choose "convert text to curves" and
then "as single shape" and click.
Click your ellipse
layer so it's the active (highlighted) layer, and delete that layer using
the delete key! If you choose "layer, delete" it
will NOT work. It will delete everything,
and we only want to remove the ellipse.
You should now have curved
text. You can now delete the extra "raster 2" layer (which is
blank), and cut your graphic to size. You can add 3D effects like
beveling, drop shadows, or cutouts to your text. Anything you normally
do to your text, you can do either with the curve technique, or after
you've curved it. Have fun!
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