Mini tutorial day! I am going to show you how to add text to spherical elements - like all those fun ornaments in the lovely Christmas kits releasing now. There's also a little freebie at the end of this post. The ornament from this tutorial is a sample from my Country Christmas kit, which is 50% off through Saturday.
and coordinating templates
A little basic effect goes a long way towards making your text or wordart look real. I am working in CS5 - not 100% sure what other versions this will work in. With your wording layer selected, you are going to go up to FILTER>DISTORT>SPHERIZE. Then set your amount to 100% and mode to "normal".
And in case you don't have the spherize effect available to you, here's a little freebie. "Joy" word art in its normal form, spherized form, and applied to an ornament. I applied a glitter effect and slight shadow for realism, and see how it really looks like it's wrapping around the ball shape - magic!