Each ellipse or circle drawn with Photoshop's Ellipse tool is, by default, created as an individual shape layer. As long as you didn't convert the layer to a raster one, flatten the image or save the file in a format that doesn't support layers, you can change any of the ellipse's properties at any time. This includes the colour of the stroke and fill, the stroke's thickness and pattern, and the height and width of the ellipse.
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Click "Window" and ensure there are check marks by "Layers" and "Options," indicating that the Layers palette and the Options bar are visible. In the Layers palette, click the layer that contains the ellipse you want to edit.
Click the "Shape" tool in the Tools palette. This ensures the Options bar displays shape options.
Adjust the colour of the ellipse's fill using the "Fill" drop-down menu in the Options bar. You can make the fill transparent or use a solid colour, gradient or pattern.
Adjust the colour of the ellipse's stroke using the "Stroke" drop-down menu in the Options bar. You can make the stroke transparent or use a solid colour, gradient or pattern.
Adjust the thickness of the ellipse's stroke using the text field immediately to the right of the Stroke drop-down menu. If you prefer, rather than typing in a thickness you can click the arrow next to the text field to display a slider you can use to adjust the thickness.
Adjust the pattern of the ellipse's stroke using the drop-down menu immediately to the right of the Thickness text field. You can choose between a solid, dashed or dotted line, or design your own.
Adjust the ellipse's width and height using the text fields labelled, respectively, "W" and "H." Alternatively, press "Ctrl-T" to enter Transform mode, which allows you to click and drag to rotate the ellipse as well as change its dimensions. If you modify your ellipse using this mode, press "Enter" once you are done to confirm your changes.
Tips and warnings
- Information in this article applies to Photoshop CS6. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions.
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