January 8th, 2006
A look at a listener question about making circular images in Photoshop. This show includes tips on: selections and the select menu along with tips about layers and transparency.
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Thanks to the Hijiyama Project for our closing theme.
Step 1: Open an image in photoshop you would like to make round, and click the sticky note button on the layers pallet to create a new blank layer.
Step 2: Double click on the background layer in the layers pallet and rename it. Then hit OK. This will unlock your background layer if it was locked and will allow us to have a layer lower than our background layer.
Step 3: Drag the layer you created in step one to the bottom of the list in the layers pallet.
Step 4: Click and hold on the rectangular marquee tool in the tools pallet. A popup menu will appear after you click and hold on the tool, select the elliptical marquee tool from that popup menu.
Step 5: Now simply click and drag with this elliptical marquee tool on your image. This will create a circular or elliptical selection in your image. You want to select the part of your image that you want to keep with this tool. To create a perfect circular selection just hold down the shift key as you click and drag with the tool.
Step 6: If you are having trouble getting your selection exactly right, you can make an approximate selection with the tool, then go to the select menu, then pick the â€œtransform selectionâ€ option. This will create a little box around your selection with little handles on each corner and side. Clicking and dragging these handles will allow you to adjust your selection very precisely. When you have your selection just like you want it, simply hit the return or enter key on your keyboard.
Step 7: Now go to the select menu and pick the select inverse option. This will invert the selection from what you had selected to selecting everything but what you had selected. Then make sure you have your image layer selected in the layers pallet the hit the delete key on your keyboard. This will delete everything in your image layer except the oval you selected earlier.
Step 8: Now we can automatically crop our document size down to remove the excess border by going to the image menu and selecting the trim option. A dialog box will pop open. Pick the transparent pixels option in the top portion of the dialog and the make sure all 4 direction check boxes on the bottom are clicked on. Then just hit the ok button.
Step 9: Finally, save a copy of your image in a format that supports transparency, like gif, psd, or png.