photoshop help: so easy i don't know...

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by dphamily, Mar 22, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2007
    i learned photoshop the non-traditional way (trial and error).

    of all the things i learned, i never figured out how to draw a square box. the options on the left hand side shows u can make a rectangle and fill it with color, but i want a solid line square box with no colors filled inside and be able to control how thick the box line is...

    i've been drawing squares and then cutting the inside out but i hope theres a better way.

    another thing is if this is possible, how do i make the edges curved so it's a smooth square?

    thanks for the help guys
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2007
    If you want to draw a box, use the open box zaph dingbat. Turn it into a graphic and fill it with whatever you want!
  3. macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2007
    Amsterdam, NY
    Draw the square with the rectangular marquee tool, go to edit/stroke and select the width and placement of the line.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2003
    There are many ways to do things in Photoshop. Here's my take.

    Easy Framed Box
    1. Use the marquee tool to drag a selection to the appropriate size. (While the marquee tool is highlighted, it is possible to specify an aspect ratio or fixed size in the info panel above.)
    2. Then select the menu item Edit: Stroke.
    3. A dialog box opens where you can enter the stroke width width in pixels. For the location, specify "Inside" for sharp corners.

    Easy Round Corner Box
    Photoshop does not do rounded corner boxes easily. It is better to create such in Adobe Illustrator, expand the appearance and bring the path into Photoshop to file with a desired color.

    Convoluted Round Corner Box
    • On a layer mask you could drag a circle with the elliptical marquee tool.
    • Fill it with contrasting solid.
    • Constrain and drag/duplicate (shift-option-command) it to the right.
    • Select both and constrain and drag/duplicate (shift-opt-comd) down.
    • Drag a tangent square rectangle in the of two horizontal circles.
    • Fill with same color as circles.
    • Drag a tangent square rectangle in the of two horizontal circles.
    • Fill with same color as circles.
      You should now have the outer boundary of a rounded corner box.
    • Command-click the layer mask to make it a selection.
    • Choose from the menu Select: Modify: Contract.
    • Enter the appropriate pixel value for desired thickness.
    • Fill the slightly smaller selection with the background color.
    • Command-click the layer mask to make the new border a selection.
    • Highlight the desired layer and fill the selection with color.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    Very nice! I would have never thought about setting the stroke on a selection tool. Works great for circles too!
  6. macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    It used to; doesn't it have the rounded corner box shape tool anymore? (Still using 6.0 here. ;) )

  7. macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    Just draw a box with any fill or color, set the fill to 0% in the layers palette, then use layer styles to set the stroke width and color.
    Use the inside stroke option to achieve crisp corners.

    The advantage of doing it this way:
    You can scale the box without also changing the stroke thickness.
    You can tweak the stroke width and color with realtime preview.
    The style can be saved and quickly applied to other elements to create a more consistent look for the entire document.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2003
    Aha, those awful shape tools I never use. ;)
  9. macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2007
    das Fort
    I agree with this. If you hold down the Shift key while making your box, it will be a perfect square. If you select the outside stroke, the corners will be rounded, I believe, but I also agree that it's better to do it in Illustrator, if you have the means.
  10. macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006
    yes it does, select the rounded rectangle shape tool, make your shape, then cmd+click to make a selection and stroke it. The stroke will be AA'd unlike if you do the modify selection>round corners thing which sucks. Or you can tell it to create a path instead of a raster shape and just hit cmd+enter to make it a selection (I think thats the command). Theres no need for illustrator.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2005
    graphic design is really meant to be done in vectors in programs such as illsutrator, you can always throw them back to ps for effects
  12. macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006
    He could be making a website, which is a pain in the ass in illustrator. Photoshop is the easiest and most versatile if youre making raster stuff.
  13. macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    Photoshop does vectors. The shape tools and text, to name two. This is what the "Rasterize..." menu item is for, so you can rasterize your vectors if necessary.

  14. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2007
    you guys are great! thanks a lot.

    and for reference, i'm mostly doing 8x11 print ads for my advertising classes.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2008

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