I am trying to get a long string of 1's and 0's to line break within a simple rectangular path created in Photoshop CS6 (Extended 13.0.1 64Bit). However, when I reach an unknown number of characters ALL of them disappear! Is this a known issue or am I doing something wrong?

Steps to recreate:

  1. Create a new canvas 600px X 600px
  2. Put any picture in there as a new BG layer (not sure if this is required)
  3. Create a rectangular path over the entire image
  4. Change your font to 8px Fixedsys (or other mono-spaced font, i.e. Consolas)
  5. Paste a ton of 1's and 0's with NO line-breaks in it - OR - if you want to actually see it happen, type out a couple of lines of 1's & 0's then copy and paste those until they all magically disappear!

Why is this happening and what can I do about it?

Edit: I just checked and the magic number it's pooping out on is 3613.

  • If I lower the font size I can add even more characters.. But the same thing occurs - it all disappears before I can fill the entire path with text.
    – u353
    Jul 13, 2014 at 22:46

1 Answer 1


When a line of text can not be wrapped to fit it's container, it disappears.

Either add spaces, line breaks, or use point text. Or use a clipping mask rather than constrained text.

  • Couldn´t you add a discretionary line break between every char for this effect to work?
    – joojaa
    Jul 14, 2014 at 7:58
  • I don't believe Photoshop supports discretionary line breaks. I could be incorrect though.
    – Scott
    Jul 14, 2014 at 9:16
  • probably it does only if you copy form indesign
    – joojaa
    Jul 14, 2014 at 9:33

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