Adding Type in the Shape


ALTHOUGH TECHNICALLY, Photoshop isn’t a layout software; however, many people utilize Photoshop to create Web designs, Web advertisements, banners, cards, logos, and even the occasional print advertisements. Alongside the addition of points of types (click on the type button and click again) as well as paragraph types (click then drag the cursor to make a bordering box then type) using The Horizontal Type tool, you can also include text inside shapes. Also, you can include text on the shapes you create using either of the Shape instruments (U), including the Ellipse tool or Custom Shape tool, path shapes that are created by selecting the outline of an object is an element, layer, channels, and even shapes that are created using a saved path.



The illustration in this tutorial involves the use of the no-cost geographic font known as GeoBats developed by the generous Daniel Zadorozny of If Photoshop is running, close and reopen it for access to the new font.

Step 2:

Click File > New, and you will be presented with the New Document dialog box. In the Preset section, select Photo Set the Width at 5.25 inches, and the height to 5 inches, then select OK. Then press T to select Horizontal Type. Horizontal Type tool and on the Options bar, change your font size to GeoBats and the size to 68 pixels, and the color to something vibrant and easy to read, such as green or red. Move your cursor to the middle of the document and then use the lowercase s key to add Australia as a continent. Australia.


Control+click/command+click the type layer’s thumbnail to select the shape, click over to the Paths panel, and click the Make Work Path from Selection button at the bottom of the panel. Double-click the newly created Work Path layer and name the path Australia. Then, return to the Layers panel turn off the layer’s visibility Australia Type layer. Then and press”T” to choose the type tool and then set the font to Georgia Regular, Regular, 8 pt Sharp, and it set as Rusty brown, with a Hex number of #92500e. Click within the Australia path outline (the dots around the cursor must be square, not round or linear prior to pressing) to determine the insertion point. Then write or paste into the copied text enough to fill in the outline.

TIP: When using this particular outline shape with two separate pieces, the text won’t automatically be able to flow into that island in Tazmania. To add text there, you’ll have to select a different work path and then enter an additional text layer directly into the shape.


Return to the Paths panel and Control+click/command+click the Australia path layer’s thumbnail to select the shape again. Return into the panel for Layers. Press Shift + Control+I/ Shift +command+I to reverse the selection, then select the Layer tab, then New Fill Layer Solid Color. In the dialog box for color that appears, type in #0797b1 into the Hex field, and then click OK. Your layout now features a blue background and text that is flowing within the shape of Australia with white background.

Step 5:

To further define the shape of the continent, you’ll apply drop shadows. Control+click/command+click the thumbnail of the Color Fill layer to select the shape once more and then press Shift + Control+I or Shift +command+I to reverse the selection, then select layer > new fill layer Solid Color. The mask is now filled by using White (#ffffff ) and then clicking OK. Make sure to adjust the fill on this layer until it is 0% and then choose Layer > Style, then Drop Shadow and set your Angle at 120deg and the Distance to 10p = x, the Size to 16 px and then click OK.

STEP 6 For the last finishing touches, apply a bright gradient on the interior of the continent. Then, you can add an outline of a talk bubble and add some exciting text within it, and finally, add the text layer, which includes an URL to read more details about Australia.