How to Create Rounded Corners in Photoshop CS5

In this tutorial you are going to learn how to create round corners in photoshop which can be a great effect to add to any photograph.


Step # 1 – Adding a New Layer

In Photoshop make sure that you have the image that you want to add the rounded edges to open. In the layers panel right click on the “Background” layer and click “Layer From Background” and in the window that appears click “OK”. Click “Layer” in the main menu, go to “New” then click “Layer”. Click “OK” in the window.

Creating a layer from the background image

Step # 2 – Drawing the Rounded Corners

Now, select the “Rounded Rectangle Tool” in the menu on the left and in the menu at the top select the “Shape layers” icon. To the right of this you will see a radius option. You will need to experiment with this until the shape has the rounded edges you want, click and drag the shape onto the image. As you can see 10 pixels is not enough, but when we try 60 it looks good. This will vary on your photograph, just experiment until it looks right.

Selecting a radius setting

Step # 3 – Copying the Image

Double click on the layer that we just adjusted in the layers panel. In the “Layer Style” window reduce the “Opacity” to “0” and click “OK”. Now click the “PATHS” tab in the layer window and right click on the only option. Click “Make Selection” in the menu that appears. Click “OK” in the window that appears.

Reducing the opacity of the image

Step # 4 – Pasting the Image into a New Document

Click “Edit” in the main menu and click “Copy Merged”. Now click “File”, “New” and click “OK” in the window that appears. Click “Edit” again and click “Paste”, your image will appear in the new Photoshop document and that is how to round corners in photoshop.

The photo with the rounded edges complete