I am using Adobe Photoshop Version: 19.1.5

My issue is just as the title sounds: Text along path issue i.e. no more dotted wavy line if text deleted.

Every time I follow this algorithm:
Make path -> Add some text [image 1] - > Reposition text (if needed [image 2]) => No issues as the wavy line always appear next to the I-beam

BUT!.. If I do follow such a algorithm:
Make path -> Add some text [image 1]- > Decided to delete the text on the same path (let's say changed my mind)-> Want to add some text again to the same path => No more presence of the wavy dotted line next to the I-beam [image 3].

I ended up with idea, what if it's not an issue then I will always have to follow the first algorithm presented above, otherwise delete overall path and do some text again from scratch.

[image 1] enter image description here [image 2] enter image description here [image 3] enter image description here

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    Hi Lukas, Welcome to GDSE. Looks like you forgot to mention what software you are using. Also it might help to share a screen shot demonstrating the problem.. So, please edit your question and add more details. Thanks.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Jul 19, 2020 at 10:26
  • @BillyKerr thanks for the comment. Just added extra detail. Hope it will clearify my issue. :)
    – Lukas G
    Commented Jul 19, 2020 at 14:59

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In Photoshop....

You must have the path selected and highlighted (with the Direct Selection Tool [white arrow]) before the Type tool will recognize it and then implement the Type on a Path with the associated "squiggly" I-beam cursor.

Your images show the path is not selected and active. That is why the type on a path is not initiating.

Once type on a path is set, and a type layer is created, the original path becomes inactive. You'll notice, by checking layers, that you still have the path and now a type layer that is separate. You can move the type layer around and the path won't move.

To set new type using the same path, you need to highlight the path. That may mean you need to highlight a Shape/Vector layer in the Layers Panel then activate the path. Or it may mean you need to click the path in the Path Panel to activate/highlight it. Then you can place new text on the same path. That new text will again create a completely separate text layer and won't be "connected" to the original path.

In short... it's all about highlighting the path first, then using the Type tool.

  • Completely guide on how to fix this particular issue. Thanks a lot! <3
    – Lukas G
    Commented Jul 20, 2020 at 10:32
  • It's me again. Solved the issue. All I did after text deletion on the path was: I selected the same path within Paths panel (next to Layers panel) which did a job i.e re-initiliaized text on path with dotted wavy line next to I-beam. So glad and motivated. Thanks again! <3
    – Lukas G
    Commented Jul 20, 2020 at 10:44

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