Mombu 2009-10-30 18:15:51
I want to crop a photo into different shapes such as an oval, a circle or a heart. How do I do that? The shape tool doesn’t seem to accomplish what I want – it puts the shape over the photo like a mask.
Sorry if this question may seem basic but I just started using Photoshop and I can find anything in help that covers this topic.
Alpha_papa 2009-10-31 22:21:09
Create a heart shaped mask, with the image layer selected you then can drag the mask remnants to another document – eg: a new transparent document if desired, via a selection.
Try loading the shape via a selection as an Alpha Channel, which can then act as the mask itself – or maybe freehand it via Quick Mask (with a ragged brush for a nice effect if you like).
Happy Valentine’s Day 😉
Nick_decker 2009-10-31 22:22:03
“The shape tool doesn’t seem to accomplish what I want – it puts the shape
over the photo like a mask.”
Or, once you have your heart shape in place, Ctrl click that layer to create a selection. Drag the heart shape layer to the trash. Go to Select>Inverse, then hit delete. Like Adam said, Happy Valentine’s Day.
Mombu 2009-10-31 22:22:21
1. Ctrl + click on the heart shape layer to select it…(indicated by a
dancing marquee/ or marching ants as some call it)
2. copy the image in question into the clipboard
3. then go ‘Edit/Paste Into’
this will create the new layer and the mask in one shot, based on
create a selection. Drag the heart shape layer to the trash. Go to
Select>Inverse, then hit delete. Like Adam said, Happy Valentine’s Day.
Mombu 2009-10-31 22:22:28
Or when drawing the path, use the 2nd pen tool regular path. Save and use that as your clipping path.
Mombu 2009-10-31 22:22:45
time saver. draw half the heart as a path, copy and flip it. 🙂
Robert_levine 2009-10-31 22:23:03
I’ve taken the liberty of editing out your autoquote. It’s not necessary here and tends clutter things up a bit.
Please turn that feature off in your newsreader when posting to these forums and simply quote only the appropriate parts of the post you are replying to.
John_r_nielsen 2009-10-31 22:23:24
If the image is on a named layer (not ‘Background’) and the path is just a path, not a Shape Layer, just Layer > Add Vector Mask > Current Path.
Phosphor 2009-10-31 22:23:32
Just a point of technical clarification:
“Cropping” an image has generally come to mean that the starting image has edges removed, and the resulting image’s outline is a rectangle.
Any other final shape is said to be “masked” or “clipped”.
Philo_calhoun 2009-10-31 22:24:48
The symbol font using Alt-0169 has a heart, if you don’t want to draw it with the pen tool. You can use this as a mask.
Mombu 2009-11-02 03:59:21
eek – i’ve been chastised 🙂
i had no idea it was a feature until your suggestion..
except for that last message i’ve always cut it out manually..
np – done
thanks for the heads up