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Warping Text

One of the major complaints about Photoshop used to be that you couldn't set type on a path within the program. If you wanted, say, a wavy line of text, you could either position the letters one by one or set the type in Illustrator or something similar and import it into Photoshop. It was a nuisance, at best. About two years ago, Extensis published a plug-in called PhotoGraphics, which drew shapes and paths and let you drag your text onto them. It's still worth investing in, although Photoshop 6 has added both Shape tools and a new feature called Warp Text. It's not quite text on a path, but it's close.

Instead of drawing your own path, the Warp Text dialog box enables you to select from 15 preset paths. You can also warp and distort the paths as necessary. Figure 17.22 shows a list of the presets.


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