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Text Shape Layers

Converting text into shapes allows you to distort the text as you like while retaining straight, clean edges.

74 comments on “Text Shape Layers

  1. Great tutorial! On your next one can you show us how you made the logo for the new design? Also, love the new website layout!

  2. dang! I wish I had something to use this on! I am just a digital scrapbooker, but you have taught me so much with your excellent tutorials!

  3. I’ll be converting text to shapes from now on.
    As always, Corey’s teaching is excellent.
    This is a great planet to visit often.
    It has a cool atmosphere!

  4. I have been visiting your website for a little over a year. Always great stuff, love your tuts. It is always the small tips like the hold control to drag without snapping. You show me things that I never knew I wanted or thought was possible, in not only PS but AI as well. So thanks a lot, you have no idea how helpful you have been!

  5. I get an error when i try to convert to shape “error,could not complete your request because the type layer uses a faux bold style”

    What am i doing wrong?

    Please help

  6. just as carl said,,i get the ssame error

    “error,could not complete your request because the type layer uses a faux bold style”
    is there a missing step ?

    please help

  7. I cannot convert to shape. It dosen’t have the option. Even when i control right click. But i am using a non upgraded photoshop.

  8. For those of you who receive the “faux bold error”. This is because you have enabled faux bold (a setting that fakes a bold style). You can switch it off in the character palette.

    On a related note, it would be awesome if you could show a quick and easy way to extrude text. The way I know are cumbersome and not very fancy, so I am usually forced to make it in actual 3D-programs instead. Thanks for a very useful tutorial, though.

  9. Cool video tutorial… I am starting to feel that I wanna buy a new spaceship and fly to this planet! Thank you very much!

    Márcio Guerra

    P.s.- Yet simple, you still amaze me in every single tutorial you make. It really rocks! Thanks

  10. Hi,

    I’ve been looking at our site a few weeks now and tried a few video’s. I’m an absolute NOOB when it comes to Photoshop but with the help of your video’s I’m getting great results !

    Thank you ! This is really a very unique website and I’m recommending you to everyone who want to hear it 😉

  11. i download the font of off but im having trouble getting it on photoshop can u plz tell me how to insert the new font into photoshop

  12. Thank you for the tutorial.
    For those who were looking to download this tutorial – you will find an flv file in your Temporary Internet Files folder (use search) after you watched it

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  14. Very well tutorial. Lots of smart tips & tricks as well.
    Learned alot from all of your tutorials. great work.

    Best regards form Norway.

  15. How come hardly any of these work for me? I’m using exact same program.. I get up to the bit where he does the gradient of the reflection.. It doesn’t work, just stays a solid color even though I do the exact same thing he does. So instead I just change the opacity of the reflection, then I right click on the top word and no option comes up saying ‘distort’? It just has two of my layer names, and then an option ‘Select similar layers’ – I go into distort under the ‘filter’ heading and it just has options like glass, glow, grain etc… Can anyone help?

  16. Hallo! Im just trying to see the complet video and it doesnt work… it cuts off in the middle… Am i doing something wrong?

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  18. can’t seem to convert my text to shape. it says, “the type layer uses a faux bold style”

    reply asap.. thanks..

  19. I love the effect!! Can Illustrator do anything like this?
    How do I then use this as part of an Illustrator doc. If I wanted this effect in a postcard or logo, how do I get it there, since it is already this a rational question? any tips are greatly appreciated -Kevin

  20. Thats was cool. This is first visit I stumble on to your site looking for tutorial on how to how to make a see thru text and glad I did . Thanks Troy

  21. Just found this website and this is one of the most amazing PS videos I’ve seen. Love the detail and explantion that you include. Thank you so much. Awesome job!!! Can’t wait to go see more!

  22. Is there a way to purchase this tutorial and others you’ve done on CD or DVD? I always hate when I find great videos and then try to go back and review later to discover they’ve been removed or the site is gone. This is by far one of the best I’ve seen! Thanks so much!

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  24. Everything in this works well for me except selecting the vector text and doing a transform on it. When I try to select the text, it selects the individual letters. Working in CS3.

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