Hi, I would like to use a font in Photoshop, create a path that goes through the middle of the letters. If I create a path now it's always and outline. I am using the command stroke path and I only want the text to be stroked once, not back and forth. I can't create my own paths by hand. So what is the way to do this in Photoshop?
Hi Dan, thank you. I am trying to accomplish this without having to draw over the text. Is there a way to do it?
You can add a line through text using Strikethrough:
You can't customize how that looks (position, thickness, etc), but it will make the horizontal line through the middle of the text for you automatically.
Hi, thank you for your answer, however I am not looking for a strikthrough line, I am looking for a line in the shape of the font, meaning at the the center of the font instead of an outline of a font. Sp the path that is created now if you create a path is actually an outline, and I need the path to be a 1 line path.
Oh, sort of like converting to outlines... but only one line in the center of the shape of the text? Like you're retracing the character shapes with a single link? I don't know of any way to do that automatically in either Photoshop or Illustrator.
Yes, exactly, there should be a way to do this. I have been looking for 2 days now, but the closest I can get to that result is just using a single line font, but still it makes an outline. If anyone knows, please respond here, it would be much appreciated 🙏
Fonts will always be fills and not strokes.
The image you just shared looks like it was created in Adobe Illustrator as a blend using a custom spine path that was drawn by hand.
No it was not actually, I created it myself, it was created with a single line font in photoshop, created a path (which became an outline) and then stroke path.
Actually, here's a technique that uses Adobe Illustrator's Image Trace to convert it a path. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi-soCp7dbc
If you need the path in Photoshop you can copy and paste from Illustrator into Photoshop.
Hi, yes thank you, I did find that video as well, but I don't have Illustrator and don't have to time to learn it right now. I was just wondering if this can be replicated in Photoshop in a different way, the illustrator way does not work in Photoshop
Photoshop is pixel-based with some vector editing capabilities. Illustrator is a vector-based app, and fonts are vector... so you can do more with Illustrator. Therefore Photoshop does not have the same high-quality conversion to vector feature that Illustrator has.
At the moment I can't think of a way to do this exact same thing only using Photohop without Illustrator.
Hi, thank you so much for your help, maybe we can find someone who has tried this before, I would like to keep the question open so if someone knows the way, I would appreciate to learn about it. I thought if you have a single line font with a 1 pixel line it should work, but it doesn't so would be good to understand how to get that line in the center using pixels.
I too had this very same challenge. I wanted to animate a signature like it was being hand written.
After going down many of the same resources, I finally discovered an option that worked for me.
First, I found a single line font, which seems to be popular with CNC cutters. I found a free one <https://k40lasercutter.com/product/fancy-king-single-line-font/> and installed it on my system.
I then used Illustrator to create the name, converted to outlines, the copy and pasted directly into After Effects where I could animate using the genate stroke effect.
Worked as I had hoped.
I think the key take away here is to find and use a single line font that you like.