How do I draw a given size circle

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by SS, Aug 24, 2011.

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    SS Guest

    I need to produce a 7.5 inch circle which I will then cut out.
    How do I do this so that when it prints on an A4 sheet it is the correct

    SS, Aug 24, 2011
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    Savageduck Guest

    In Photoshop it is quite simple, and can be done several ways. Here is one way:

    1: Create a new document large enough for your circle. Since you are
    using inches set your rulers to read in inches.

    2: I assume you are referring to diameter when you say 7.5 inch circle.
    So now set some guides. Do this by moving your cursor to any of the
    rulers (it should now appear as an arrow). Pull the first one down to a
    mid-point on an inch mark. Do the same in the other orientation. Now
    you should have a document quartered by guide lines.

    3: Now set 4 more guides, each 3.75 inches from the center point. This
    will give you a square 7.5x7.5.

    4: Choose the ellipse tool. Start by placing the ellipse tool cursor at
    the top right hand corner of the square. Pull it down to the bottom
    right hand corner of the square. Then move it over to the left until
    the circle fits in the square. There is your correct sized 7.5 inch
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    Savageduck, Aug 24, 2011
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    SS Guest

    Thanks for that, that will save me doing trial and error.
    SS, Aug 24, 2011
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    SS Guest


    Followed your instructions and worked first time (unusual for me)
    and measurements spot on.

    thank you
    SS, Aug 24, 2011
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    Savageduck Guest

    Glad that worked for you. There is always a way with PS. ;-)
    Savageduck, Aug 25, 2011
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    Carrie Guest

    Don't need a circle right now, but good to know!
    Carrie, Aug 25, 2011
  7. Way too much trouble. There is a setting for creating an ellipse in the
    shape icon (left column) (an ellipse can be a circle, of course). Just
    type in the dimension you want in the top menu. It's found by clicking
    the little down-arrow by the shape icon.) You can even tell it to grow
    from the middle of the cursor, and move it around afterwords
    John J Stafford, Aug 27, 2011
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    Savageduck Guest

    See! There are all sorts of ways of doing things with PS. ;-)
    Savageduck, Aug 27, 2011
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    SS Guest

    Ok the settings for the size, I have found that but how do I convert pixels
    to inches, which is the diameter ( 7.5) that I want.
    I dont see a setting to change pixels/cm/inches etc
    SS, Aug 28, 2011
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    tony cooper Guest

    You enter "7.5 in" in width and height when you have "fixed size" in
    "Style". The default may be "px", but you can enter "in".
    tony cooper, Aug 28, 2011
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    SS Guest

    OK got it now, thats much easier than previous method and does allow me to
    position easier as well.
    However both versions have been more knowledge gained.
    so thanks to both.
    SS, Aug 28, 2011
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    Ulysses Guest

    good tip, thanks
    Ulysses, Sep 2, 2011
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