How to make a round frame in Photoshop?

With the help of the "Photoshop" program, it is possible to place various shapes on the edited picture, as well as to give the corresponding shape to the images. For example, you can draw a round frame on a picture. What tools should be used for this? How to make a round frame in Photoshop?

In practice, such actions can be expressed:

Let's study the peculiarities of solving the problem using the three marked Photoshop tools in more detail.

Round frame using the Elliptical Marquee Tool

How to make a round frame in Photoshop using the considered method? Very simple.

Launch the program, create a new project - preferably on a transparent background (Transparent).

After that select the Elliptical Marquee Tool - from the menu on the left. To do this, you may need to right-click on the appropriate group of tools - to select the one you need. Draw a circle (to do this, hold down the Shift key) or an oval.

When using the Elliptical Marquee Tool, initially only the outline of the future figure is drawn. It also needs to be turned into a frame, after which it must be painted in the desired color. To do this, right-click on the contour and select Stroke. After - set the required frame thickness and color.

Using the Elliptical Marquee Tool in conjunction with the Stroke function has an interesting feature. As soon as the above operations for creating a frame on the background of the contour, giving it the desired thickness and coloring this element will be performed, the user will have the opportunity to “divide” the resulting shape into 2 ellipses with the same thickness using the Move Tool.

If this is not necessary, then after coloring the frame and giving it the required thickness, select the Elliptical Marquee Tool again, right-click on the ellipse and select the Deselect item. After that, a complete ellipse will be displayed on the screen.

Actually, it will already be a round frame and can be used as a full-fledged graphic element. But, as a rule, the designer needs additional editing. Which is able to express itself, in particular, in giving the frame some effects.

For example, if the designer wants to fill it with a gradient, right-click on the layer corresponding to the picture, select the Blending Options item, and then configure the required options.

The resulting frame can be modified by various methods. To do this, right-click on it, again, with the Elliptical Marquee Tool active, and select the Free Transform item. After that, a whole group of options will open for transforming the corresponding graphic element.

The Elliptical Marquee Tool can be used in different ways. So, with the help of it it is quite possible not only to draw a frame, but also, for example, insert this or that drawing into it.

This problem can be easily solved. You need to open the original picture, select the Elliptical Marquee Tool option, and then select the required area in the picture. Next, you can create a new layer to which you will need to copy the part of the image placed in the ellipse.

The original drawing will probably be opened as a background layer - Background, so it needs to be transformed into a regular one - Layer. To do this, double-click on its name and click OK. After that, the area of ​​the picture selected by the ellipse can be copied to a new layer - using the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl and C, as well as Ctrl and V.

For clarity, it is proposed to disable the previous, original layer - clicking on the image of the eye in front of him. As a result, the selected area of ​​the picture will be displayed against the background of a new, transparent layer.

The corresponding graphic element will initially have a frame, which, as in the first case, can be edited. For example - by applying the same gradient effect to it.

However, in this case, you need to select the appropriate option in the Stroke item of the Blending Options window.

Another way to draw a round frame in Photoshop involves using the Ellipse Tool.


How to make a frame in Photoshop using the Ellipse Tool

Create a new project with a transparent layer. After - select the appropriate tool in the panel on the left, draw a circle or ellipse. Its color will initially correspond to the system color, which is set in the palette.

In order to use it as a frame, you need to perform several operations.

First, right-click on the layer corresponding to the ellipse and select Blending Options.

Secondly, go to the Stroke tab - and thus set the frame of the required thickness and color.

Thirdly, go to the Blending Options tab - it is located above all the others - and reduce the value in the Fill Capacity line to the limit. As a result, the area of ​​the ellipse that is inside the frame will become completely transparent.

The edited ellipse can then be used as a frame.

The considered method is considered by many designers to be one of the most convenient from the point of view of subsequent editing of the created graphic element. For example, if you apply one or another effect to a frame using the Free Transform group of options, then later you can change the settings for it as well, which are present in the Blending Options interface.

For example, if the frame is significantly modified using the Warp option, which is included in the Free Transform toolbox, you can nevertheless easily transform its thickness, color, etc. options.

So now we know how to make a round frame in Photoshop using the Elliptical Marquee Tool as well as the Ellipse Tool. But, as we noted at the beginning of the article, there is another option for solving the problem. It assumes the use of the Custom Shape Tool option.

How to make a frame in Photoshop using the Custom Shape Tool

Create a new project again - with a transparent layer. Then select the appropriate tool - it is in the same group with options such as the Rectangle Tool, Ellipse Tool, etc. When you activate the Custom Shape Tool, a panel with a selection of shapes that can be placed on the edited drawings will open at the top of the program interface.

Select the one that has the shape of a circle - and draw it (for this you need to hold, as in the case with the previous tools, Shift) or an ellipse. The original color of the shape, as well as when using the Ellipse Tool, will correspond to the system color.

The Custom Shape Tool differs, in particular, from the Elliptical Marquee Tool in that it does not select any area on the edited image, but draws an independent round frame...

By right-clicking on the name of the layer corresponding to the ellipse that we have drawn, you can select the Blending Options item and set up certain effects for the graphic item in question.

These are the main possibilities of Photoshop in terms of creating round frames and using program tools that are designed to process finished images.