In following this tutorial on Using Text as Container which essentially explains how to create a path from a letter, I've run into difficultly when trying to follow this on any letter that has a counter... like a, b, d, etc. When I right-click inside the original text, and convert it to a work path, and then I click inside the work path to begin typing with a new type tool... letters! lose their counters and the path is defined strictly by its outer edge. See the screenshot:

Where's the counter?

How can I adjust the work path so that the counter is preserved and you can see the hole in the letter a like you'd expect?


When using Photoshop, you can not.

Photoshop only offers constrained text, not wrapped text. For the difference between the two, see this question: What is the difference between "wrapped" text and "constrained" text?

  • Noooooo! Appreciate the answer even though it isn't what I'd like to hear. Is this something that I can do with vectors then? Say in Inkscape? – helgatheviking Sep 29 '12 at 19:06
  • I'm not familiar with Inkscape. I do know that wraps are possible in Indesign or Illustrator. – Scott Sep 30 '12 at 0:12

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