Ok, I want to do this in Photoshop CS5:
- Create text in a half circle with no distortion. The current text tool does not work at all and only produces very bad distorted letters when applying settings like arc, lower upper, etc.
- Create a background color around the text exactly like what occurs when you use the text tool to highlight it (and it turns black with white lettering). Right-clicking on the text when highlighting doesn't provide any new options for selecting the text's background color...so I'm lost.
I know how to do step 1 with paths and everything no problem. The problem is creating the background color. I can't find it in layer styles...anywhere. The only way I've figured out how to do it is create a screenshot of the highlighted text and copy/paste it into the image and transform it...which proves to be of seriously bad quality (which I want to avoid).
So how do I create a simple solid color background behind the text after highlighting it?
For the text:
- Select the Ellipse tool and select Paths (it defaults to Shape layers I think)
- Hold shift and draw a perfect circle
- Delete the bottom anchor point or necessary line segents until you have a half circle remaining
- Select the horizontal type tool
- Click on the path where you would like the text to begin
- Type away
For the background:
I just did a rough version using the Rectangle tool and manipulated the points via the Direct Selection tool and by moving the tangent lines until the rectangle was 'banner-like.'