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Q: Photoshop ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Photoshop
Category: Computers > Graphics
Asked by: patrice29-ga
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Posted: 18 May 2006 10:12 PDT
Expires: 17 Jun 2006 10:12 PDT
Question ID: 730108
How can I draw a circle or elipse in Photoshop?
Subject: Re: Photoshop
Answered By: webadept-ga on 18 May 2006 10:40 PDT

I couldn't find this either, which is why I know right where to find
this ... :-) Under the T (for Text) on the floating Tool Bar, is the
Square button... you'll notice the bottom right-hand corner of this
button is filled in to make a arrow (sort of an arrow, more like a
triangle). If you click the mouse on this button and hold it ( a 2
count is about all you need to hold down the mouse button), a option
menu will pop out giving you more options for that button, and one of
those is the ellipse. Select the ellipse option and the button will
change from a Square to an Ellipse. Kind of cool, because it saves
room over there on the tool bar, but if you don't know how to use it,
its not intuitive at all.

On this image:

The button you are looking for is called the Rectangle Tool (#25)



Request for Answer Clarification by patrice29-ga on 19 May 2006 09:03 PDT
Does this make a circle or the circle periphery?

I'm looking to make the periphery, so that this could be drawn on a
picture to highlight the section inside the circle.  If the circle is
solid, then details inside the circle can't be seen.


Clarification of Answer by webadept-ga on 19 May 2006 11:59 PDT
Hi Patrice, 

I'm afraid you have picked a rather sophisticated program to do a very
simple task, and while we can do it, it is going to be a bit more
steps than what a simpler (though less useful) program would require.

First, get your image out there, select the Eclipse as we discussed
before. Now, choose a color for the outside line of the eclipse and
the inside fill for the eclipse... yes i know we don't want that fill
color there at all, but pick a nice blue or red anyway...

Now, if it is not already up on the desktop, we need the Layers Window
open. If you don't see it, go to the Menu bar at the top and click on
Windows, then from the drop down, choose Layers.

We might need to click our tool back on Eclipse at this point, and
then draw the eclipse where we want our circle to be.

Now, back to the Layers Window; near the top of this little tool
window you will see the word "Fill" with 100% beside it, and a small
arrow button. Click on the small arrow button and slide the slider to
the left. This changes the percentage of "Alpha" for the fill of your
circle (or what ever the layer is). Once you have it where you want
it, you are done.

I'm made two pictures so that you can get an idea visually of what I'm
talking about.. as I draw a circle to highlight my pal Omi from the
Xiaolin Showdown.




Subject: Re: Photoshop
From: ironiq-ga on 20 May 2006 11:35 PDT
Okay, this is what I normally do when I need the periphery of a shape.

1. Open whatever it is you need the ellipse on. I am using a random
picture I found on the web.
2. Select the ellipse tool and draw the ellipse where you want it.
(Yes it will be filled in, but not for long.)
3. Right click the layer that has the ellipse and select "blending options."
4. A box will pop up, you will see at the bottom of the box something
that says, "blend if:" and then "This layer:" and "Underlying layer:"
5. Move the little arrows untill all you see is the periphery of the ellipse.

Here is a picture that explains everything I just said.

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