I have not been blogging for, like, ages and ages. To be honest, I think it has only been about two months, which in the blogging world isn’t really that long. I still consider myself a beginner and I am constantly learning new things. One main aspect of being a blogger is checking out and supporting other fellow bloggers. When you do this, you also notice elements on their blog that look awesome and you get the ‘how do they do that? I want that‘ moment.
I came across one of these moments multiple times. I had noticed so many people had some of their images in a circle and I thought it looked awesome. I had no idea how to do it. So, as we all do, I gave it a google and found this website. If you would prefer not to hear my ramblings and teachings on how to do this then click the link to see the website I learnt from. If not, read on and we shall begin!
Choose your image. I am going to use a picture of my Ginger. Here he is. He’s a beauty, I know.
Import your image into Photoshop. You can either do this by dragging and dropping your image into Photoshop itself or by
File > Open > choose your image to upload.
Choose the Ellipse Tool on the left-hand side Toolbar. This may be a different shape on your Photoshop. Don’t worry, just click and hold the icon and you are provided with a range of shapes to choose from. Choose the Ellipse Tool, which is essentially a circle.
Draw a circle around the part of the image you wish to use. Do not worry about it being perfect as you can change the size. To do this, I use the Width and Height options along the Topbar. Change your circle to the shape you wish. To get a perfect circle, make sure your Width and Height are the same pixels to be an even circle.
In order to move your circle, once you have it the right size, click on the Move Tool and this will allow you to position your circle.
Click on the Layer 0 and make sure your image is not locked. To unlock, simply click the padlock icon (this will be shown after the wording ‘Layer 0, if there is not a padlock, you don’t need to do anything). Drag the Ellipse 1 layer under your Layer 0. See the images below for a visual demonstration. Click Layer 0 and then click on the three little lines at the top. This will give you a list of options. Choose Create Clipping Mask.
Whilst holding down Shift, select both the Ellipse 1 layer and Layer 0. Once again click the little three lines and choose Merge Layers. Your image is now one layer.
Click the Crop Tool and crop your image to just the circle image. Now, you’re all set to save your image. I suggest you save it down as a jpeg but that is your preference.
And there we have it! Go crazy with the circle images.
Try it for yourself
Please note: I used my own image.