Trying to create a perfect circle in line art...

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by J, Sep 18, 2005.

  1. J

    J Guest

    I know Photoshop is not a vector tool like Illustrator is, but I was
    wondering...

    Fonts are vector-based. As long as you don't rasterize them, they can be
    stretched to any size. You can even convert them to shape so they retain all
    their flexibility without requiring having the font installed on the
    computer.

    I assume that the Eliptical Marquee Tool is also vector-based until you use
    somekind of fill instrument (like the paint bucket). The selection was
    technically line art, but the fill wasn't. Once you deselect, you are left
    with filled pixels.

    So my question is... is it possible to tell Photoshop to keep the circle I
    created via the Eliptical Marquee Tool as a shape... and stroke it using the
    layer effects? All I need is a perfect circle to finish my logo. I realize I
    should have used Illustrator for this, but I'd really like to finish this in
    Photoshop, and the only thing missing is a perfect circle.

    Can I create a perfect circle in Photoshop and leave it as line art, without
    going through all my fonts and looking for a perfect "O" (because even if I
    found one, I'd have no control over the thickness of that "O").

    Thanks!
     
    J, Sep 18, 2005
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  2. Why don't you use 'shapes'? Chose the 'ellips' tool and keep the shift
    key pressed. That makes it a perfect circle.
     
    Johan W. Elzenga, Sep 18, 2005
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  3. J

    edjh Guest

    The Elliptical Marquee tool is NOT a vector based tool, but the
    Elliptical Shape tool is.
     
    edjh, Sep 18, 2005
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  4. J

    Voivod Guest

    Hold down the shift key to constrain the proportions of the marquee tool
    then stroke it.
     
    Voivod, Sep 18, 2005
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  5. That will give you a circle, but not a vector based one. As mentioned
    earlier, you should use the Shape Tool rather than the Marquee Tool.
     
    Johan W. Elzenga, Sep 18, 2005
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  6. J

    tacit Guest

    This is incorrect on two counts.

    First, the Marquee tool is not vector based. A selection is by its very
    nature a raster object. A "selection" is nothing more than a black and
    white raster image where black areas are not selected and white areas
    are. When you go into Quick Mask mode, you are actually looking directly
    at the selection.

    Second, the Paint Bucket tool is not the Photoshop fill tool, though
    many newbies mistakenly believe that it is. Photoshop does not have a
    Fill tool. To fill a selection in Photoshop, you hold down the ALT key
    (Mac: OPTION key) on the keyboard and press the Backspace or Delete key.

    The Paint Bucket tool is not a fill tool; instead, it is a combination
    of the Magic Wand and the Fill command. When you click on your picture
    with the Paint Bucket,m this is what happens:

    1. Photoshop looks at the color of the pixel you clicked on.

    2. Photoshop fills that pixel with the foreground color.

    3. It moves out in all directions, continuing to fill with the
    foreground color as it goes, until it runs into a selection edge OR it
    runs into a pixel that is a different color from the one you clicked on.
    Then it stops.

    What the Paint Bucket does is identical to what happens if you click
    with the Magic Wand, then use the Edit->Fill command on the selection
    that the Magic Wand makes. The Paint Bucket *is not* the general way to
    fill a selection with color. The way to fill a selection is to press
    ALT-Backspace on your keyboard.
     
    tacit, Sep 19, 2005
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