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