A blog reader recently asked, “Cathy, how do you get some of the corners rounded in your designs, but not all of them?” and I thought it’d be a good idea for a quick video tutorial.
For many moons, I did this effect of opposing or single rounded corners using an Apple script for use only in Adobe InDesign, the page layout program. But since I’ve been working in Photoshop and creating templates for scrapbooking, I figured I’d better learn how to do this in Photoshop. Here, I present the results of my figuring as figured using Photoshop Elements 8.
Of course in Photoshop, there is always more than one way to achieve the same end result. I just wanted to share with you how I would achieve this result using PSE 8. (A side note: you can’t actually do Command+Z until the cows come home. Usually there’s a set limit and honestly, I’m not sure what it is, but just keeping Command+Z’ing until you hear something resembling mooing. You get my point.)
To create an outline to a shape in Photoshop CS, you simply apply layer styles by double clicking on your shape layer and selecting the Stroke option, and then under Blending Options, change the opacity of the Fill to “0”
Note: I have my PSE and my PS grid set up to 1 inch increments so that when I am designing with my grid on, I can easily see in inches as I go. You can access your grid specs through Preferences, or in some versions of PSE, under the Edit menu.
P.S. Isn’t that the most AWESOME shot above of my 10-year-old boy? So many of them look like this:
Rounded corners or not, let’s hear it for good shots of pre-teen boys.
As always, feel free to share your best tip for achieving the same end result! As I said, there are more than one way to accomplish goals in PSE and PS. Don’t be shy if you know of another way.