Before creating a warped text, we first need a design where we can place the warped text. In this example we’ll be using a ribbon that’s curved and display the text in front of the design.
You can change the font type, size, and color and even its spacing based on your desired output on the character window. If you can’t see your character window make sure it is checked under your window tab. For this example we will use the Baskerville font type with a yellow font color.
As you can see we have 3 layers, at the bottom we have the background layer, in the middle is our ribbon and right on top, the text layer. Remember that the layer on top is the most visible as compared to the rest that is below. It’s like filling up a trace drawing with the top as the main character.
Before we can apply the warped text effect to our text, it is very important that the text layer is selected (With the highlight in blue) and the text tool is used (the one with the depressed button). With these two highlighted and clicked you can now see the warped text tool appear on the upper interface of Photoshop. It is the one with the curve line below a caps lock letter “T” (This can be placed in a different order depending on your current version of Photoshop)
After you have clicked on the warped text tool a warped text dialog will appear. Giving you options how you want the warped text to look. Bend, Horizontal and Vertical distortion sliders are not available because “style” is set to “none”. The options will only be visible once a style warp text has been chosen.
Once you have clicked on the “none” text, various warped options appear for you to chooses from. In this example “Arc” is the best choice for our design.
After clicking on the “ARC”, we will see the text change to the chosen warped style. The arc can be styled horizontally or vertically. For this design we will click on the horizontal style. As you can see the text changed to the desired arc but the text is a little displaced from the ribbon. Don’t be too concerned about that as it can be changed using the sliders.
The bend slider bends your text according to its percentage. The more you move your bend slider towards the right the more your text bend upwards. When moving it to the left the more it bends downwards. Now the 2nd and 3rd slider is for the distortion of the text. As the slider speaks for itself, the horizontal distortion distorts your text horizontally and as for the vertical distortion, it distorts your text vertically.
You can always come back and change any settings you want, this warped text is fully editable after any changes made on the text layer without losing its quality. Just remember to save as PSD if you plan on editing it again.