Feb 4, 2010

How to create rounded corners: photography tutorial

Ok, everyone's askin' so I'm here to share, how to round the corners of your pictures. I used  Photoshop Elements in this tutorial but you can do the same thing in CS4 too.

*Open your picture.

*Right click on the layer that says background. Click on "Layer from Background"
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*Here is where you can rename it if you'd like. Click ok.

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*Now go over to your shapes tool and click on the "rounded rectangle tool".
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*In the radius box you can adjust how round you want your roundness to be. I usually go anywhere between 100 pixels and 150. But you can play with it and get it how you like it.

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*Start at the corner of your picture and drag your mouse across the whole picture.
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*This is what it will look like. The color of your rectangle may vary.
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*See how the rectangle isn't covering the whole picture. This is just a matter of preference. We can leave it like that but I am going to adjust mine to fit the whole picture. I will click on the move tool. Which will select the whole rectangle and then I can drag it down to the edges.
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*Currently our layers look like this and are in this order.
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*Drag the shape layer down so it will be behind our picture layer. See how the order swapped?
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*Now click on the layer tab at the top. Scroll down and click on "create clipping mask".
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*See our picture now has rounded corners! ......almost finished.
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*Go back to the layer tab and click on "merge visible" That will merge all of our layers into one!
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*Now save your picture. When saving pictures for my blog I always save in .png.
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There you have it!


  1. o now I really want Photoshop! :-) Thanks

  2. Thanks for sharing! I will have to get Photoshop Elements now! :)

  3. Yay! Thank you! The create clipping mask part was the part I either missed/ or wasn't in the other tutorials I found.

  4. Great tutorial! I have been rounding my corners when I write in Live Writer but at a BlissDom workshop today they said that Live Writer isn't good to use. Bummer b/c it's a lot easier that way! I'll have to follow this for Photoshop. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks, Monica!
    I am curious about the .png thing too!

  6. I don't have the Clip option... I am using Elements 6.0... thinking I need to upgrade :-(

  7. Is there another way to clip? I'm using photoshop 7 and didn't have that function under the Layer tabs. Thanks for the tutorial though!

  8. Hey Monica...I'm having some trouble with this...I go through all of the steps, but when I get to the "create clipping layer" part, it won't let me click it...Any ideas??


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