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Burn Rubber: smokin' Type Tips > GETTING TYPE IN A PERFECT CIRCLE - Pg. 137

137 Chapter . Burn Rubber: smokin' Type Tips Do you remember the song "Burn Rubber" by the Gap Band from back in the early 80s? Remember it goes: "Burn rubber on me, Charlene... whoa, no...." Not ringing any bells? It doesn't matter. This chapter has nothing to do with burning rubber--I was just curious to see if you're as old as I am (which is young. Very young. I heard that song accidentally on an oldies station in my dad's car). This chapter is dedicated to making the time you spend using type in Photoshop more productive. Here's the weird thing about Photoshop type--back in version 6, Adobe added most of the high- end typography features found in Adobe's high-end page layout program, InDesign. Which made me think, "Why?" I can't imagine setting a book or magazine article in Photoshop, because when Photoshop type gets below 12 points, it starts to get fuzzy, so laying out columns of text and tweaking the balance, spacing, and paragraph specs for columns of type just doesn't make sense. Then I figured out what's going on. Somebody at Adobe must be hittin' the crack pipe. Could that be it? Or is it so not, that it freaks you out. GETTING TYPE IN A PERFECT CIRCLE Now that Photoshop CS can really give you type in a circle, getting a perfect circle that you can add type to is not as obvious as you'd think. To get this perfect circle, click on the Shape tools in the Toolbox and choose the Ellipse tool from the flyout menu. Then go up to the Options Bar, and in the second group of icons from the left, click on the middle icon, which creates a regular path, rather than a Shape layer or a pixel-based shape. Then, hold the Shift key, and drag out your circle (the Shift key constrains the shape to a perfect circle). Now you can move your Type tool over the circle, and it will change into a Type on a Path cursor. Click on the circle, and get to typin'.