Text In A Shape In Photoshop

Text inside a shape is a great way of making your layouts and designs more interesting,
plus its fun and really easy to do in photoshop.
In this tutorial i am going to show you how to get your text to fit perfectly inside a shape by using a path,
i am using PSCS3 but you could probably do this in most versions.

File>New, create a new image 800x800px, 300dpi with a transparent background.
Click and hold your Rectangular Shape Tool then choose the Custom Shape Tool when the options pop up.
Go to your top toolbar and choose a custom shape to use from the dropdown menu, i am using a tear drop shape but you can use whatever you prefer, make sure the Paths option is selected (see below)

Hold down the shift key and draw out your shape on your canvas.
Click and hold on your type tool (make sure horizontal type tool is chosen),

Hover your mouse inside the
path on your canvas and you will see a little I shape with dots around it,
click once then start typing, your text will stay inside the shape of the path, you can also change the size, colour
and type of your font, adjust the kerning etc by using the options
in your character map, if you cant see your character map go to Window>Character.
Once your happy with the way your text looks, right click on the text layer on your layers palette and choose Rasterize Type.
You can now delete the path you used, if you cant see your paths palette go to Window>Paths and either right click on the path and choose delete or drag the path to the little bin in the corner of the palette.

Heres mine.

You can turn anything you like into a path by holding Ctrl and clicking on the thumbnail in the layers palette to select it then use the Create Path From Selections option on the Paths palette.

I hope you enjoyed my Tutorial.