Using ellipse tool - what' wrong?

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Tom Miskiewicz, Sep 15, 2003.

  1. Hello!

    I'm doing some technical documentation. I take screenshorts and then I want
    to add circles around some areas. I was trying to use the Elipse Tool making
    a circle on the screen. After I saved it and reopened the file, the circle
    disappears... Is just not there. I tried couple of times, but it seems that
    I'm doing something wrong or I'm just using the wrong tool. Also how do I
    increase the line withdt drawing an ellipse-tool-like circle?

    Thank for your help!

    Tom Miskiewicz, Sep 15, 2003
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    Rick Guest

    All the info you need is in your manual. You DO have a manual,
    Rick, Sep 15, 2003
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  3. Hi Rick,
    I understand, that you might be a bit angry having to answer my basic
    question. I do indeed have a manual and I have used the search function
    before bothering you here, but I didn't find any usefull info in the manual,
    so that I was forced to ask the question here.

    Tom Miskiewicz, Sep 15, 2003
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    From: "Tom Miskiewicz"
    If I understand your question, you're just drawing the circle with ellipse and
    saving, right?

    If that's what you're doing, you're missing a step --- after you draw the
    circle then do Edit > Stroke to actually make a circle you can save and
    re-open. The Stroke screen offers options for width, inside/outside/center and

    Try that and see if it does what you wanted.

    Bill Hilton, Sep 15, 2003
  5. Bill,
    Unfortunately that option Edit > Stroke is unavailable after I draw the
    circle with
    ellipse. What else am I missing?

    Tom Miskiewicz, Sep 15, 2003
  6. Tom Miskiewicz

    Bill Hilton Guest

    From: "Tom Miskiewicz"
    What tool are you using to draw the ellipse? Try using the one in the top-left
    of the tool box, the "elliptical marquee tool". If you have a rectangle in
    this box just hold down the mouse button over it and you'll get four choices,
    switch to the ellipse.

    What mode are you in? I just tried it in 8 bit RGB mode and it works fine, but
    if you're in 16 bit/channel mode it won't work, or possibly some other mode or
    file type it might not work there either. Should work for tiff, jpeg and psd
    files in 8 bit mode.

    Let us know what happens, but under these conditions it should be a snap.

    Bill Hilton, Sep 15, 2003
  7. Tom Miskiewicz

    Tacit Guest

    I was trying to use the Elipse Tool making
    Sounds like you are using the elliptical marquee.

    It's important to understand that all of the selection tools--the marquee, the
    elliptical marquee, the lasso, and so on--only make selections. They do not in
    any way change even a single pixel of your image. When you use the marquee to
    make your circle, you have not drawn a circle. You have created a selection--a
    way to tell Photoshop "okay, the next thing I do should change only what's
    inside this circle, everything outside is off-limits."

    But the selection does not *do* anything. It does not modify the image. Once
    you make a selection, you then modify the image according to the selection.

    To make your circle, select the area where it should be, then use Edit->Stroke.
    Tacit, Sep 16, 2003
  8. Tom Miskiewicz

    myJanee Guest

    Hey there, Tom!
    If you're using the Ellipse Shape tool, you need to use the Fill Pixels
    option in the Options bar. It's over toward the left. Alternatively, you
    can choose a brush and click the Stroke Path button at the bottom of the
    Paths palette. Or use the Elliptical Marquee (top left) and use Edit >
    Stroke, as they suggested.

    If you want a little walk-through of some ways to deal with shapes, you
    may want to have a look at my shape tutorial series. You can get to them
    from . Here you'll learn
    the diff between vector and raster shapes. Useful stuff.
    Always me, Janee

    -- for Janee's PS Tutorials and PS Resource Links,
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    You can find my email address at .

    If you like my answers or my website, you may want to have a look at my
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    myJanee, Sep 18, 2003
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