Creating circular text can be a simple and quick way to embellish your layouts & photos. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create this circular text as well as a custom monogram in Photoshop Elements. I’ve used Carina Gardner’s “Very Cherry” mini-kit that you can download for free at the Design House Digital shop. This tutorial was created using PSE (Photoshop Elements) 7.0, but should work for most PSE software.
First let’s open a new file. Any size will do, I began with a 6 x 6 inch canvas at 300 dpi and a transparent background.
When you choose your font you want to consider how easy or difficult it might be to read For this tutorial I am using “Jailbird Jenna”.
Click on the Text tool. Place the cursor about half way down your canvas as close to the left edge as you can get it. Select your font, size, and other details, then type the words you would like. You could type in journaling, repeated numbers, or sayings. Expand the font side if you need to make your text longer. The goal is to have whatever you have typed go from the left to the right side and cover the entire canvas. Then at the top of your workspace select, Image> Rotate> 180º. This will flip your text
Then Ctl + T to resize your font. You will want your font to be almost doubled in height. Select the green check mark to commit.
Go to the top of the workspace again and choose: Filter>Distort>Polar Coordinates
A window will pop up from Adobe saying that this type layer must be simplified before proceeding. It’s text will no longer be editable. Simplify the type? Select OK.
Another window will pop up and under your options select Rectangular to Polar, if it is not already your default. Then select OK.
You now have circular text you can use on your layout. You can now drag this image on to your
layout where you can resize or alter it in any way you need.
Here you can see it placed over the photo in my layout:
You can also create a stylized monogram with this same principle. I made this monogram by placing theletter “M” inside the circular text and the year 2010.
To save this monogram as a PNG that you can use on future layouts or photos simply choose: Layers>Merge visible and that will merge all your layers, but will not flatten them. Then simply save as a .PNG file.
Monograms are a beautiful and classic touch to add to your photos as well as layouts. They come in handy when you need a quick and simple way to add a date.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on making circular text. Try it out when you’re looking for a fun and custom addition to your layouts.