I don't know how else to word this question. This is literally it. HOW do I stair step?

I have never heard of such an option, until now, and need a visual guide with screenshots, otherwise I'm lost.

I have diagonal text sitting on a path, but I just don't know how to stair step it.

There is a related question: Typesetting on a diagonal path. But the solution there is not available in Photoshop.

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  • @ JaneDoe1337 That person doesn't answer the question. They tell the person to use the Stair Step and Gravity control, which I do NOT have. Sep 2 '16 at 21:41
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    @JaneDoe1337 this question only talks about Photoshop. Scarlett (and JaneDoe) the answer on that other question uses InDesign which is why you aren't finding it.
    – Ryan
    Sep 2 '16 at 22:10
  • @Ryan Yes, and thanks to that person miserably failing to police my question, I'll never get an answer. I've googled. Utterly nothing comes up in reference to photoshop cs3. Sep 4 '16 at 2:49

You can still do it in Photoshop, it takes a little more effort than on Illustrator or Indesign. It will not work with just diagonal text.

Activate the grid (Show > Grid) and (View > Snap to Grid) to make the following steps easier.

  1. Use the Pen tool (P) to draw a "staircase" Path.
  2. Type your text in the staircase: Use a monospaced font (I used Courier in my example), and adjust the tracking until the letters fall horizontally each one on a step.
  3. If you want different sized texts, duplicate and convert it to a Smart Object, then just resize the Smart Object. You can then edit the text.

The image below shows my attempt, I turned off the grid so you can see the Path. to create more text just duplicate the first one and edit with the Text (T) tool.

Staircase text in Photoshop

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