I have noticed that several websites I have seen in the past have either round or oval shaped pictures. Since they are generally on a colored or textured backgound, it would appear that they really are circular and that the "canvas" must also be circular. Does anyone know how this is done?
I just tried downloading one and looking at it in Photoshop, and got an error message saying PS could not "parse" the picture format.
If one uses digital programs such as PSE or Microsoft Picture It!, there are cropping masks and cut outs that are laid over the picture. Just press the right buttons as per the help/tips.
Traditionally, this done almost the same way, but a piece of card board in the shape you want is placed on top of the paper at the time of exposure.
In either situation, it is called vignetting, and has been a standard proceedure for over 100 yrs.
In order to frame the picture oval and round matte cutters are available as well as frames.Small pictures can also be placed in a special made die and cut into a round shape that fitd into a photo button.
In PS, when you select the elliptical Marquee tool, an option bar appears where you can choose the style between Normal, Fixed Aspect Ratio and Fixed Size. When choosing Normal, you'll be able to make an oval selection.
You can then modify the shape and size of the oval after you've made it by using Select->Transform Selection.
I am familiar with the classical darkroom deal, but I could not figure out how you do it in PS! I appreciate the input. One thing tho, after I get the thing selected with the marquee tool, it can be moved to a new canvas. But this then brings up a new question - is there any way to save it with the transparent background as opposed to being forced to set the background to some specific solid color?
I have never been able to figure out how to save a transparent background even tho it is transparent (checkerboard) while it is still in PS.
At the bottom of the New dialog box, select transparent instead of foreground, or background color. Then when you extract your image from the original file, and move it on top of the New file, the background will be transparent.
Final note though...when you save the file after you are done, you MUST save it as a PSD file, not a JPEG file. If you save it as JPEG, the transparent background turns to white.
Yes, but if you want to put it on the web, which is what piqued my curiosity today, you need jpeg . . . I figured out that by making a new textured background of the right rectangular size and then moving the oval picture onto it, it worked fine in jpeg, and when I went back and looked at a site I had seen a round one on and looked at the source code, that is apparently exactly what they had done. Why PS could not open the thing after I downloaded it, I don't know and I also wonder why the background color did not come down with the picture (the background came down as white when I opened it in the browser, which of course has a white background) because having tried it on the experimental one I made, the background appears in the browser window with colored texture for the size of the rectangular "picture" area as it did in PS which is what I would expect.
Steve, I have a transparent "pixel shim" that I have used on my website, so I knew there must be someway to do it, at least in .gif. Your link does not seem to work, but I am going to try the Google search you mentioned.
After you have opened a square shaped picture then using the tool as explainded to you by Mr. Jalapeno, make sure that you go back to "select" and "inverse" then hit the "delete key". That will allow you to delete what is outside of the oval shape then will keep the inside of the oval. That also select the outside of oval, that is why the delete cut the outside of the oval. To cut the inside of the oval, then just do the tool as explained to you by Mr. Jalapeno. You can always go back by using the go back function.
Remember - select to select the portion inside the selection.
Invert selection - to select the outside of the selection or viceversa if you are on the other side.
You can also add or remove from selection when trying other things.