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I want to, sort of, stroke a textstring by using paths. I have not managed that. If thats not possible -> is there another way? some kind of filter?
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by:forkbeard
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If what you are trying to do is create an outline around your text...

After placing your text onto your document load the selection of the text.  (MenuBar:Select:Load Selection...)  In the popup window you have a few options to choose from but everything should be greyed out except the New Selection button.  Hit OK.  This will outline your text (or any shape on your layer).

Next you have to increase the size of your selection.  (MenuBar:Select:Modify:Expand...)  In the popup window select the amount you want to increase the shape.  Just a few pixels is advised.

Now you need to make a new layer and position the layer underneath you text layer.  Then just fill the shape w/ a different color than the text and it should appear as an outline.  If you feel the size of the outline in too big or too small just delete the new layer, deselect everything and start over.

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by:Snubbenx
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Once again I'm reminded of my poor english (am from Sweden). What I want to do is: Bend a textstring. For example: I want to write a textstring in the shape of a circle/triangle etc.

 
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by:Snubbenx
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What I ment about the stroking part was: You can stroke a path WITH the airbrus in the shape of an "S". What I want to to is to, somehow, "stroke" a path WITH a textstring = the text follws he path. If not possible with path -> any other idea? any filter?
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Photoshop by itself doesn't allow you to fit text on a path. An option is Vertigo Hot Text, a plugin where you can also use 3D text.
However, if you don't want to get the plugins, you can curve straight lines of text into arcs or waves (you can't wrap it into a circle though). With a little effort, the S shape is very possible. Here's how.
Type your line of text using the Type tool and Render Layer. Color it black for visibility, for now (you can always fill with a different color later).
Now launch the Distort>Wave filter. Reduce number of generators to 1. Now adjust max. amplitude and max. wavelength to give the wave you want. Hit OK to apply.
There you have it! You can now fill the text with any other color using Alt-Shift-Backspace (Option-Shift-Delete on a Mac), or do anything with it.
Hope this helps.
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