Bend And Shape Text On Photoshop

This tutorial teaches you how to bend and shape text on Photoshop using the Puppet Warp tool, making cool typographical images. For the purpose of this tutorial, I’m going to show how you can bend text to form the shape of a leaf.

Step 1: First, open a New document on Photoshop. Click on File>New (or Command+N). I opened a 800×600 sized document for this. 

Step 2: Import a silhouette image of the object you want your text to be shaped as. Don’t worry, you can always turn off this layer later to hide the image! I found a simple image of a leaf on Google that I’m going to use as a guide to shape my text. Open the image on Photoshop, click Command+A to select it, Command+C to copy, and click on Command+P in your New document window to paste the image.

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Step 3: Select the Horizontal Type Tool on the left side tool bar (or press T on your keyboard) to start typing in your text. I typed in the word “LEAF” and changed the font color to green. You can adjust the font, color, size, etc. from the tool bar on the top of the screen, right below the menu bar. 

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Step 4: Using the Free Transform tool (Command+T), you can re-size the text so that it roughly is the same size as your leaf design. This is what it looks like:

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Step 5: Now, we’re going to warp the text. Make sure that the text layer is selected, then click on Edit>Puppet Warp.

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The following dialog box will appear. Click OK.

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This is what your Text layer will look like now:

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Step 6: Now, drop pins on the edges of the individual letters. Drop many pins as close to each other as possible, as these pins will become your point of reference for changing the shape of the text.  

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Step 7: You can drag inwards or outwards from each pin until you are satisfied with the shape of your text. Helpful tip: Make sure you shape each letter before moving on to the next one! Once you’re satisfied, press Enter.

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Step 8: Turn off the Image layer from the layers menu by clicking on the “eye” next to the image layer (In this, it’s Layer 1)

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And that’s it, you’re done! This is what your final image looks like:

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– Vidushi 

~ by vs1085 on October 18, 2013.

 
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