Spiral text Photoshop

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By Andrew Buckle, Updated : 2021

How to create a spiral text / type based on a spiral shape and then add text / type to that path in Photoshop. You can then manipulate the spiral text in all kinds of ways in Photoshop such as add layer effects and more

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1. No tool

Sadly, there is no inbuilt tool for this. You have to create the path either using some of the path tools or copying the design from Illustrator.

2. Curvature tool

Go to the tools panel and select the curvature pen tool which should be below the pen tool but if not, you should find it in the extra tools section. Once you have that, select it and then go to the top left of the options bar and set to path and then go to the gear settings for the tool and set the width to 3px (maximum) and set the color (this is not for the end result). Click the tool with the tool and drag and create manually the points for the spiral. The curvature tool makes curved paths so it is fairly easy to create a point and then drag and create another point and so in a design that matches your end requirement (please check our video channel via the link above to see some possible designs for that). You can create as many arms and points as you wish. You can end by pressing the esc to stop the tool trying to close the path. You can then use the curvature tool to manipulate the existing points or add some more points.

3. Paths panel and path

Go to the window menu and paths and make certain the path is selected.

4. Characters and adding to path

Go to the tool in the tools panel and then hover over the path and you will see the cursor change so you can add characters to the current path. You can then click anywhere on the path to add your letters. You will by default get lorem ipsum but you can edit the characters and you can also use the path selection tool in the tools panel to move the insertion point to move the characters back and forth or change the alignment. It does have a tendency to move back and forth but you should find as long as you use alignment left that is quite easy after a few seconds of practice to move the insertion point of the your characters as well as flip the alignment of the characters onto the alternate side of the path

5. Characters and changing the font etc

You can use the standard tools to modify the font size, spacing etc by selecting the characters and changing the size, font, vertical sizing etc as well as color. You can repeat this with all the characters or just keep as is.

6. Convert

If you wish, you can also go to the type menu and go to the convert command to convert them to shapes etc and you can then manipulate the individual points of your characters. You can also convert the design into a smart object via the layer menu and convert to smart object and then use that design with filters and adjustments etc

7. Original path

If you want, you can now delete the original path unless you want to use it again by going to the paths panel and delete button. The characters are a separate set of paths to the original design.