Rounded Corners by Susan Tuttle
1. Open original photograph: File> Open.
2. Select the "Rounded Rectangle" tool from the pull down menu in the tools palette.
Set the Radius (top left of screen) to your desired pixel count (I chose 150 for this photo). Note: The smaller the number, the smaller the corners. Play with the setting until you achieve the desired size for your corners.
Make selection on photo (if there is a Fill Color, reduce the Opacity level to 0% in the layers palette).
3. "Right-click" somewhere in your selection and choose "Make Selection" from the box. If you are not sure how to "right-click" with your mouse, you can press the "Ctrl" button on your keyboard and click with your mouse somewhere on your selection. Sometimes the "Ctrl" button is spelled out "Control."
In box, set Feather Radius to 0 and check the "Anti-Aliased" box. Click "OK."
4. If you are using Photoshop Elements: Edit> Copy Merged File> New> Image From Clipboard.
If you are using Photoshop/CS: Edit> Copy Merged File> New (make sure file is set to "Transparent" and click "OK.") (Note: the new file will automatically be made the same size as your photograph file)
For both programs, save by going to "Save As" (I save any new projects this way.)
Note: The transparent background, which is visible at the edges, will only stay transparent if you save your file as a .gif or .png (I do this by going to File> Save for Web). I prefer the .png format, as the colors will be better preserved than with a .gif. Saving it as a .jpg will turn the transparent parts to white. This is important if you wish to post your photo on a website or blog that has a background other than white. The .png will ensure that the edges remain transparent.I found this very easy to do and now I may have to refrain from doing it on all new photos I play with . . . As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I also tried my hand at combining some layers (with the help of Susan's book), and here’s the result of that. First, the original photos (the blue texture photo comes on a disc with the book!), and then the merged file. If you want to learn more (and your probably learn all this stuff easier than I do anyway), you owe it to yourself to take a workshop from Susan or to buy Digital Expressions. Either way you’ll love what you learn.
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