Thursday, January 29, 2009

Rounded Corners Tutorial in Photoshop

Have you been wondering how to create rounded corners on an image? Well, it's really not as hard as you might think. I am sure there are other ways to obtain this goal, but this is the way I do it. It's pretty straightforward. The pictures look a bit complicated, but just follow the directions and you will see it's pretty simple.

First, find the image you wish to create the rounded corners on and open it. Then you will need to make just a couple of settings. With Photoshop there always seems to be more than one way to reach the same goal, so bear with me.

A.) Choose the "Shape" tool from the tools pallete. You will then be able to access the fly-out menu by clicking on that tiny triangle in the bottom right hand corner of that tool, or you can also see the same options on the tool bar at the top once you have chosen the "Shape" tool. Choose the "Rounded Rectangle Tool" here.

B.) Be sure that you have also chosen the "Paths" option on the upper tool bar...this is the middle square box with dots at the corners and a picture of the pen tool in the center...see the image above.

C.) Changing the pixels in the "Radius" option will round your corners more or less depending on what number you place in here.

Next, (Step 1) with the "Rounded Rectangle Tool" chosen drag from one corner diagonally across your image to the opposite corner.

(Step 2) Choose the "Paths" tab from the layers palette.

(Step 3) Choose "Load Path as a Selection" at the bottom of the "Paths" palette. This will now give you the animated dotted line around the area you have chosen to round off...(this dotted line is sometimes referred to as "marching ants). a new workspace or canvas and drag the selected area from the original image onto the new workspace...there you have it! A new image, much like the old, only now with those wonderful rounded edges...see, it wasn't that hard, now was it?

Let me know if you have any questions, and please, if you enjoy these tutorials, share them with others. I would love to have your comments!

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