The Long and Winding…Path? Part 1

Paths can be a very fun way to play with text in a layout, but they seem to intimidate most scrappers! Once you try them though, I promise you will be addicted!! The title on the layout below was created with a text path from Natali Designs that I brought into my layout.


Supplies: Papers and flower are by KristinCB from The Digi Files 4, Stitching is by Syrine, charm by Zoe Pern, font by Stephanie2

For more complex paths, I will often use purchased paths, but for more simple shapes, I always make my own. As always I have some really GREAT tutorials that are easy to understand (I hope) and will help you create your own paths to add text to. The tutorial for PSCS from Kim at CGEssentials is one of the best I have seen and she also simply explains how invert the flow of the text (the flow of the text in the above layout is inverted). Inverting the flow also helps if you want the top of the text to curve on the inside of a shape such as a circle, instead of the bottom flowing on the outside. Here is a break-down of the tutorials by software:

Photoshop CS

Paint Shop Pro

ACDSee (scroll down to Text on a Path)

If you are using PSE (or if you are wanting something really quick) you can buy text paths already made. PSE doesn’t have a path function, but you can drag and drop pre-made text paths on your layout and then just change the text! Here are some that I found around digi world…

This first set includes the path I used on the layout above.





These paths by Wendy work in PSP too!