Circle Embellishments {Photoshop Elements Tutorial}

Yesterday I showed you the layout I made listing our family’s favorite restaurants.  Today I thought I’d give you a quick tutorial on how I made the discs.

In PSE (I have PSE8) open a new blank file.

If you are making more than one disc I would make a 8.5×11 file. But for the purpose of this tutorial I just made it 3×3.

I made sure my background was white.

Now it’s time to open your image.

Then select the image you would like to use.

(If you are wanting to use logos as I did, just google the name of the restaurant with the word logo.  Then save the image to your computer.)

Before adding your image to the disc you need to adapt it a bit.  To begin use the magic wand tool.

 You can’t see it in this screen shot, but use the wand to select the white areas around the logo.  By holding the shift key as you click it will add each area to the selection.  If you are using a logo made up of just text remember to select the white areas inside the letters (such as a, e, R, etc).

Then choose Select, Inverse.  Now your icon should have marching ants around it rather than the white space.

You can see the ants around just the Starbucks circle here.

Now create a New Layer via Cut.

In the layers palette choose the background layer.

When you add the logo to your disc you don’t want to see the white area.  To make it transparent double click the background layer.  Then make your opacity 0.

The gray and white boxes means the background is transparent.  Now select both layers in the layer palette.  Be sure to choose merge layers NOT flatten image.  If you flatten you will loose the transparency.

Now your logo is ready to be placed on the disc.

Select your blank canvas in the project bin.  Go to the shape tool and choose elipse.

Add an elipse to your page.  I chose to turn on the grid (under view click grid) to help me size the circle correctly.  I chose to make mine 2 in.

At this point you can choose to color the shape using the paint bucket or clip some digital paper to the shape.  For help on clipping see this post.

Once your circle is the color you want you can add your logo.  Just drag and drop the logo onto the circle.

Then resize your logo to fill most of the disc.

To make circular text you need a separate PSD file.  Jessica Sprague has a free one on her blog that you can download here.

So open your circular text file in PSE.

Double click the text (if it prompts you with a warning just say ok).  Then go up to the font box and choose the font you want to use.

As well as the size.  You will be limited by the circle so choose a bigger size for only a few words and a smaller size for more text.

Once you have your font and size chosen begin typing your text.

Just like before we need to make the background layer transparent.  Double click on the background layer and turn the opacity to 0.

Select both layers in the layer palette.

Then merge layers (not flatten).

In the project bin choose your main canvas.  Then drag the text onto the canvas.  If your text is hidden behind the circle it’s just because the layers are out of order.  In the layer palette drag the text layer to the top.

Resize your text to fit your circle.

If everything looks the way you want you can now flatten the image.  Save your file and print.

One thing to note…you do NOT want to save the text PSD file.  That would write over the original file.  So just close that one and say don’t save.  That way it will be ready for you the next time you want to use it.

I realize you may have no interest in making restaurant discs like I did, but there are so many ways you could use this!  Pictures with text around them, digital embellishment clusters, or even to make your own coasters.

Any other ideas on how to use these layered discs?  Have something you wish you knew how to do in PSE? What is your drink of choice at Starbucks?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. HappyPlaceJen
    Posted July 30, 2011 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Love this tutorial! I will definitely put it to use since my skills on PSE are very limied. Thanks, Monica! 🙂 ~Jen

  2. HappyPlaceJen
    Posted July 30, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Love this tutorial! I will definitely put it to use since my skills on PSE are very limied. Thanks, Monica! 🙂 ~Jen

  3. sm_bradford
    Posted July 31, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Jen! I hope it helps you make something fun! And come tell me if you do cause I wanna see! 🙂

  4. LCSmithSAVED
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    So excited to explore some ideas with this technique – thanks!

  5. sm_bradford
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! I'm glad you found it helpful!

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