3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 20, 2015 4:25 AM by Rick Gerard

    Reference a Shape Path as Text Path




      Is it possible to reference a shape path from a shape layer as the path for the text to follow?




        • 1. Re: Reference a Shape Path as Text Path
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

          No, not directly. You can however use a pickwhip expression to connect a shape layer path to a mask path if they are identical and then reference the mask path as the text path.



          • 2. Re: Reference a Shape Path as Text Path
            hkrol83 Level 1

            Thank you. That helps a bit.

            • 3. Re: Reference a Shape Path as Text Path
              Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              I think you simply want to use a shape layer's path as a path for your text to follow.


              If there is no scaling applied to the shape layer then you can copy the path by setting a keyframe for it then start a mask on your text layer using the pen tool and putting the first point anywhere and then doing a paste. You can now reveal the text layer's properties and set the path options to the new path. This works best if you use the pen tool to draw your shape layer path, then add a text layer using New>Text Layer and typing the text. If you just click in the frame and start typing or you move or scale your shape layer you will run into position problems because the paths will not line up.


              If you use the shape tools (rectangle, polygon, etc.,) you will have to convert the shape to a path before you start. You can do this by right clicking on the path. Here again, if your path is not in the center of the comp you'll have position problems that you will have to adjust. The most efficient workflow if you were using the shape tools would be to hold down the Alt/Option key before you start dragging out your shape so that it creates a bezier path instead of a shape. This would solve position problems. If you have already created the shape layer with a shape tool then center it in the comp and parent the shape layer to the text layer so you can reposition them both later.