How to Draw a Circle Around Text in Photoshop - QUICKEST Method

Just use the Ellipse Tool with a transparent fill and a black stroke to draw a circle, and then add your text along the outline. Trust me, whether you're a beginner or looking to sharpen your skills, this method is foolproof and adaptable.

September 14, 2023
How to Draw a Circle Around Text in Photoshop - QUICKEST Method
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How to write text in circle in Photoshop

If you're a Photoshop rookie looking to make a killer emblem or just align text in a circle, I've got you covered.

First things first, grab that Ellipse Tool. It's hiding under your shape tools. (Shortcut: just hit 'U' and scroll through your options with Shift+U until you find it.)

For settings, look at the top bar. Make the fill transparent—that’s the white box with a red strikethrough. Next, pick black for the stroke color. A stroke value of 3 pixels is solid. (You can go 2-4 pixels, but honestly, who’s counting? Adjust as needed.)

Ready to draw? Place your cursor where your guides intersect. Hold down 'Shift' and drag out that circle. Why 'Shift'? It keeps the circle perfect. Let go when you're satisfied. By the way, if you're more of a numbers person, double-click in the center of the canvas. Input the same values for height and width (I went with 400 pixels, but it's your world). Check 'From Center' and hit OK.

Alternate methods: You could use the Pen Tool for more custom shapes or draw the circle in Illustrator and import it—different strokes for different folks.