Category Archives: Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop Learnings

How to text on a path:
Using either the shape tool (A) or pen tool (B) draw your path. Make certain paths mode is enabled (C).

Text on a path in Photoshop

Text on a path in Photoshop



Once your path is drawn (I used a simple ellipse tool) select your type tool. All type tools work, but the horizontals work best. Vertical creates a neat graphical effect.
Select text tool and apply text to path

Select text tool and apply text to path


Apply text to path

Apply text to path


Using the Vertical Type tool on a path

Using the Vertical Type tool on a path



Once your text is applied, all transformations (rotate, skew, etc) can be implemented.
Edit your text

Edit your text


Hal Orb in Photoshop

Hal Orb in Photoshop

Today I learned about Sphereize and how to put text on a path in Photoshop – all too easily done in Illustrator.

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Vector Bokeh

No, not the name of a Russian villain, but yeah, that sounds close.

Trying to make some vector bokeh, I started where anyone starts; I googled it and found my model:

Bokeh example found through google search

Bokeh example found through google search

I opened up Illustrator and thought about my approach as it loaded. I’d need opacities, strokes and gradients. Hrmmmm. That sounded more like a job for Photoshop, so I switched over.

In Photoshop I created the obligatory black background and tossed in a rainbow linear gradient overlay. EZ PZ. Some 25%, 50% and 75% opacity circles with 2px and 4px strokes got tossed in and gaussian blurred a bit here and there. This is what Photoshop’s version came out like:

Bokeh done in Photoshop

Bokeh done in Photoshop

Then I thought hay, I can make this in Illustrator. Maybe even make it more elegant. So I gave it a go. In Illustrator I also employed an outer glow effect and some noise in the circle’s fill. While more realistic I’m not sure it’s “prettier” than the Photoshop version:

Boken done in Illustrator

Boken done in Illustrator

Perhaps when I learn more about mesh gradients I’ll kick out something more impressive. All told, I’m glad for the exercise.