Turn Digital Elements into Circles using Photoshop
June 20, 2007
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When I saw this kit by Patricia Christensen, I immediately thought of my mom. She loves sunflowers, and I always think of her when I see them. I guess that’s the reason I love them too :)!
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Tips and Tricks:
- I wanted to highlight some of the beautiful original sunflower artwork Patricia included in this kit, since they are the theme of the page. I layered one of the sunflower elements above the seed packet, so that it looks like it is popping off the page. The circle placed around them draws even more attention in.
- Allowing some of the elements to hang off the edge of the page makes their placement look more natural and interesting.
- Since the sunflowers are very bold design elements, I clustered them on one side rather than filling the whole page with them. The lighter design areas on the rest of the page give your eyes a place to rest.
Technique: How to Turn a Digital Element into a Circle
This is one of the COOLEST photoshop tricks I have learned recently!!! Fryske, one of the other Weeds & Wildflowers creative team members taught it to me, and ever since then I can’t stop using it :). I used it to turn the yellow, stitched ric-rac (seen behind the photo in it’s original form) from a straight line into a circle. Awesome, huh? Here’s how:
- You place the element (or text that has been simplified or rasterized) horizontally in the exact middle of a 12×12 inch (or any square) document. I’ve found that it will make the best circle if it hangs off the left and right sides slightly.
- Next, in “Free Transform” mode, make the element twice as high , by changing the height to 200%. If you are using text, you should rotate it 180% at this point.
- Now select Filter> Distort> Polar Coordinates, and click on “Rectangular to Polar”.
That’s it – easy and fun :). I hope these instructions are clear, let me know if you need help getting it to work!