HOW TO: put your text in a shape

Putting your text or journaling in a shape is one way to add more drama or artistry to your digital layout. Here's how:

1. In Photoshop, choose Custom Shape Tool. On your upper screen, you will see that there is a drop down menu that will let you choose from the different shapes available.

2. Choose a shape. Draw the shape by clicking and dragging your cursor across your working area. (Tip: Set the fill to 0%)

3. Go to Paths, then click 'Load Path as a Selection'. Then click 'Make Work Path from Selection'.

4. Using the Horizontal Type Tool, click within the shape where you want your text to start.

5. After you have entered your text, it would look something like this. (Tip: Make sure you delete your Shape layer).

That's all for now folks! Make sure to check out my freebie featuring this tutorial.

Happy scrappin'!


LifeAsDinkers said...

iv been wondering how to do that...thanks Shelly!

Anonymous said...

Great Tutorial. I can now personalize my layouts using words specific to my family

Thanks so much.

Rarole said...

Shelly - thank you for taking the time to hold our hands through this process. Sometimes teaching us the skills is better than a freebie. (but I would never turn down one of your special gifts) =) Thanks!!

ScrapScraps said...

You are all welcome...

@Ava, I hope you will have a safe trip back home and it looks like you really had a blast on your vacation!

@Rarole, thank you so much for dropping by. I hope we will get to see you again here!

Take care y'all!

Kerin Lee said...

Great tutorial!

Linda Walton aka bobbysgirlforever said...


I have wished to do this for just about ever and have not had a moment to Google using a path to create my journaling in any given shape!

Thank you SO much for such a QUICK and easily understood tutorial.

Now, this just might be another tutorial, but I am thinking, and if memory serves me correctly, that if one wishes for the journaling path to be an outline of any given shape, then one would click outside the shape as opposed to the inside?

Thanks again Shelly and have a GORGEOUS day!


ScrapScraps said...

Correct you are Linda! You're welcome and have a lovely day too!

Linda Walton aka bobbysgirlforever said...

Awesome! Thanks Shelly! I am playing in Photoshop as I type! :D

Hannah said...

Hi Shelly,
thank you for commenting on my new kit "Best Friend" at
do you want to be raked with that kit? send me a mail to
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hannah (scrapteam2008)

JellyBean said...

Just stopping by to say thank you for the comment about liking my pages its nice to know that there are others out there that love PSP and also like my work as well thanks so much and this star text writing was a big help i didnt know how to do that one so thanks again shelly!!! xoxo JellyBean

ScrapScraps (Shelly) said...


Thank you for the bestfriend kit, it is gorgeous!

ScrapScraps (Shelly) said...

JellyBean, it was my pleasure! I am glad you stopped by. Every now and then I really drop by other blogsites to see the wonderful layouts of my fellow scrappers... and I am glad I did visit your site... your pages are wonderful! Keep it up!