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Round and Round and Round We Go: A Photoshop and PSE Tutorial

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Good Morning scrappers! Tamara here back with another fun Photoshop (and Photoshop Elements) tutorial.

Have you ever been scrapping and, when you went into your new kit,  realized that you did not have a round frame? Or, that you have a round frame but  isn’t made out of an element you WISH it was made out of??   Well, when I was scrapping a layout the other day, I came across that same problem and I thought I would share with you how I solve that problem!

To begin, create a canvas that is 12×12 300 dpi. Make sure that you make the canvas transparent.

The best thing to use when you are wanting to make a round frame is a flat ribbon or some type of element that is long and straight. Open your element, Hold the Shift Key and drag it onto your blank canvas. This will center your element on the page and give you plenty of room to turn it into a circle!  Resize your element so that it extends to the full size of the page.

Next you need to press CTRL + T on your keyboard to access the Free Transform options bar.  Locate the Height box and type in 200% in the box. PSE users need to make sure the the Constrain Proportions box, next to the height box, is unchecked) Hit enter or click on the check at the right of the Options bar to set the new dimensions.

Once you click Enter,  your element will look distorted. Do Not is supposed to look like that!!

Go to Filter> Distort> Polar Coordinates ( this applies to BOTH programs)

A dialogue box will appear

You will need to use the  (-) sign to make your image appear in the screen. Make sure that you have Rectangle to Polar selected and select OK.

If your element made a complete circle, then you can save the image as a png file and use it in your layout. However, many times  the element will not make a complete a full circle and when that happens, there is a quick and easy fix!

First, you will need to duplicate the image by selecting the new element in the layers panel and pressing CTRL + J.

Then, using your transform controls, rotate the top layer to cover the hole.

If you find that your ribbon or element is not matching up, you can add a mask to the layers to help blend the two layers together Add your layer mask by clicking on the Add Layer Mask Icon on the bottom pf the Layers Panel. (PSE users will need to add a mask using the PSE method)

Since the mask is white you will need to change your foreground color to black to erase the unwanted parts of your element.  Select a medium sized brush and set the opacity to 50% . This will help blend your element and not totally erase it.  When you are all done, select the bottom layer, right click on the layer and select Merge Visible.

Here are a few of the items that I converted using various elements

Stitches:                                                                                 Ribbon:


Stitches:                                                                                    Ribbon:


And that is it! You can now select “Save As” and save your new element as a PNG file so that it will keep its transparent background and use it on your layout!

Hope you have a great week! See you right here next Monday!


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  1. Meagan

    February 13th, 2012 at 4:53 am

    This was totally cool! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Berniek

    February 13th, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Can’t wait to try this out! It totally looks amazing!

  3. Leslie

    February 13th, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I used to do this with text in PSE, until PSE started allowing us to put text on a path.

  4. Jeannie

    February 13th, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    You rock! This is fantastic! Thank you for sharing. Have never even tried the polar coordinate distortion before.

  5. Tamara

    February 13th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    aww..thanks!! Have fun trying will have a blast!

  6. Jhari

    February 13th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing this with us Tamara and Mye. This is really so helpful.

  7. Janice

    February 15th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    ooh.. I’m going to try this, Tamara. Thanks!

  8. Rona

    February 15th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    What an awesome tutorial! I have got to try this out! Thanks for the step by step! 🙂

  9. Ephémère13

    February 19th, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Merci beaucoup!

  10. miss renee

    February 19th, 2012 at 1:15 am

    These tutorials are wonderful thank you so much for everything you do Mye, and for Tamara, thank you for including screen grabs and clear concise instructions – it’s a godsend for visual learners like me, who sometimes find video tutorials to be a little bit assuming about every step and button, so I like the written ones such as these that break it down. I want to do this hobby so much and invest time to learn new things, but good original tutorials that work for my learning style are not as common as I would like. I really really love this feature, please keep up the great work! You have a gift !
    Thanks again,
    Miss Renee

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