How to make my pictures into an oval shape

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How to make my pictures into an oval shape
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Thanks to a variety of computer graphics programs, budding artists and experienced photographers can transform their work into detailed and intricate displays of art. Graphics software programs can help desktop publishers too, such as creating oval-shaped pictures for yearbook layouts, family tree posters or other displays. To create photo cut out shapes requires a little bit higher functionality than the software included on your computer (such as Microsoft Paint); to transform your pictures into oval shapes, upgrade to the Adobe Photoshop graphics software and create shapes in just a few clicks.

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Things you need

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Digital image

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  1. 1

    Open Photoshop and click “File,” then click “Open” and browse to where your picture is on your computer. Double-click it so it appears on your workspace.

  2. 2

    Click the “Crop” tool, which looks like two intersecting elbow-joints, and draw a line around the part of the picture you want included in the oval, such as someone’s head or a group shot. When the dotted, blinking line appears, press the “Enter” key. If you want the entire picture as the oval, skip this step.

  3. 3

    Click the “Oval” tool in the “Tools” palette on the left side of your screen. If you don’t see the oval, look for a line, rectangle or star shape. These tools all share the same spot and stay in place until you change them.

  4. 4

    Position your cursor at the very top-left corner of the picture. Press down and hold the mouse button, then drag your cursor toward the bottom right corner. Release the mouse button when an oval encompasses your entire picture except the corners. A blinking dotted line appears. Right-click the blinking oval and select “Layer via Copy.”

  5. 5

    Look over at the “Layers” palette on the right side of the screen. Nothing may have seemed to have changed on the workspace, but the palette has a new layer called “Layer 1” with your picture in an oval. Right-click the layer below it, “Background,” and select “Delete Layer.” Click “Yes” at the warning box. Your picture is now an oval on the screen.

  6. 6

    Save the file by clicking “File,” then choosing “Save As.” Rename the picture; never save it on top of the old one. Choose .GIF (graphics interchange format) as the “Save as type.”

Tips and warnings

  • Because your image starts out as a rectangle, there’s no way to get the edges of the picture into the circle without leaving white space, since circles don’t have pointed edges. To have an entire circle of an image means you’ll be losing what’s in the corners of your pictures. Otherwise, you can have an oval-shaped picture, but it will have blank spaces in the corners.

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