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Dotted borders and corner roundness

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Let's start things off with a simple exercise in So most likely, if you're working with along with me, you're

Dotted borders and corner roundness

Let's start things off with a simple exercise in which we surround this text with a dotted board. Notice down here, near the bottom of the tool box are a group of shape tools. You can see a total of six of them listed here inside this fly up menu. They're a pretty straight forward bunch, but they're extremely useful, as we'll see. I'm going to go ahead and select the rounded rectangle tool, which is the second tool in the list. If you're working along with me, make sure that this first option up here in the Options bar, is set to Shape.

You can also draw a path outline that will appear in the Paths panel or you can draw pixels. But we don't want to do either of those things. We want to create an independent vector-based shape layer. Now I'll draw with the tool like so. And notice you draw the rectangle from corner to corner. You also have the option incidentally of pressing the shift key in order to create a perfect square. You've gotta keep that shift key down until after you release the mouse button. Or, if you want to create a shape from the center outward, you press and hold the alt key or the option key on a Mac.

I'll go ahead and release both of those keys. The final keyboard trick is to press the space bar in order to move the shape on the fly. I'm going to go ahead a create it from about here down to this location like so. And I end up with a big black rounded rectangle which is not what I want. Fortunately, you have all kinds of ways to modify this shape including these options that automatically pop up here inside the properties panel. So let's say for example that the corners aren't round enough.

You might assume you could go up to this radius value here on the options bar and change it, for example, I'll take that value up to a 100 and press the enter key and nothing happens. And that's because this value effects the next rectangle you draw. So, just so I don't get super rounded rectangles, I'll go ahead and take this back down to ten pixels. It's the values inside the properties panel. That control the roundness of the active rectangle. So, if I changed any one of these values to 100, then that would round off all the corners, because all four corners are linked together with each other, but you don't have to work that way.

I could go ahead and turn off the link, and I could change the bottom-left value to zero, and then I would have a sharp corner at this location. What I'm really looking for is a radius of 36 pixels all the way around. So I'l go ahead and turn on this link icon, and then I'll change this bottom value to 36 pixels. What ends up happening is that I add 36 pixels to all of the values. Because I raise this one from zero to 36, now the other ones are going up from 100. So what you have to do is click inside here.

Notice how it says 136, 136, 136, and then just 36? Change that 36 value to 136 like so, so that everybody's in alignment with each other, and then change any one of these values to 36 and they will all change to 36. So it works a little differently than you might imagine. I'm also going to change the height value. To 684, because I just happen to know that's the measurement I'm looking for. And now I'll hide the Properties panel. The next thing you want to do is change the Fill and Stroke attributes.

And you can do that, either from the Properties panel, or from the Options bar. I'm going to click inside the fill. And notice that you can fill the shape with a gradient, if you like. You can fill it with a pattern, after which you can then specify which pattern you want to use from the list. But the option I'm looking for is none, because I don't want any fill whatsoever. Instead, I'm looking for a stroke. And notice once again you have the option of using a pattern or a gradient. The gradient is not going to trace around the stroke, however.

It's merely going to fill the stroke as we're seeing here. I'm looking for a solid color so I'll go ahead and click on black even though black is not the color I want. I want white and then I'll click on white either inside my recently used colors or I can select this white swatch. Right there. And if you're having problems finding it you can click on the gear icon and click large thumbnail which is going to give you a little more room to work. I'm going to go ahead and hide my colors, and I need to modify my line weight. But before I do, what I want you to notice The Align Edges checkbox, which is turned on.

And what that's doing is aligning the rectangle to the pixel grid, so we have as little anti aliasing as possible. But for that to work, you need to specify a line weight value in pixels. So I'm going to set the line weight to 12 pixels. Like so, and that'll just ensure the best alignment. Now we want to create a dotted rectangle, so click on this next option over and notice you can switch from a solid stroke to a dashed one. If neither of these dash or dotted options are what you're looking for, go ahead and click on more options.

In order to bring up this Stroke dialog box. And I'm going to change the dash value to zero, which is the way things work when you're looking for dotted lines, and I'll change the gap to 25. We're not going to see anything different on screen until I switch the caps option from **** to Round. And then we'll get these found dots. Problem is my gaps are to big and that's because I failed to specify the distance in pixels, so I need to enter PX. And finally, I'll change a line from inside to center in order to create this effect here.

And I'll click OK, and now you can go ahead and hide those stroke options just by pressing the enter key. Or the Return key on a Mac. Now, you're probably going to see some kind of misalignment going on here, and it's not necessarily really obvious where it is. What I'm going to do is, I'm going to take my Width value down just a little bit so I can demonstrate this. So I'm taking it down to 1512 pixels up here in the options bar and now notice I'll go ahead and zoom in right there that we have a little bit of misalignment of these two dots.

So most likely, if you're working with along with me, you're going to see it in the upper left corner of the rectangle. To solve this problem here's what you do. Go ahead and zoom out. Actually a little further so I can see all of my points. And I'll switch from the black arrow tool to the white arrow tool. Which Photoshop calls the direct selection tool. And then I'll go ahead a Marquis these four points like so. In order to select them. And now you want to make sure that you're zoomed into 100%. And I'll press the left arrow key for starters.

In order to nudge these anchor points, and that just makes the problem worse as you can see. So I'll press the right arrow key in order to nudge them the other direction. And at a width value of 1509 pixels I get the results I'm looking for. So the width is 1509. The height is 684. Now, I'll go ahead and zoom back out by pressing Control-0, or Command-0 on the Mac. And I'm going to switch back to my black arrow tool. Which Photoshop calls the Path Selection Tool. And I'll click on the path to select the entire thing.

And I want you to see something. I'll bring back up my Properties panel. And notice how we have all these Live Shape properties that are available to us. But if I Shift-click on this path outline, to deselect it. They all disappear. So in case you see those options disappear, the problem is that the path is deselected. You have to click on it, with the black arrow tool, and then those options will come back. Now that I've selected the path, I'll go up to the align icon, up here in the options bar. And I'll switch it to align to canvas and then I'll go ahead and choose from the same menu horizontal centers and that'll go ahead and center the shape inside of my image.

And then finally I want to get rid of these dots behind the letters. And you can do that using a layer mask, so I'll go ahead and switch back to my rectangular Marquee tool, and I'll draw selection like so, across all those dots that are crossing the letters. And then you want to drop down to the add layer mask icon and press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and click on it. And that will go ahead and mask that selected region away. And that friends is how you draw a very simple, rounded, dotted border here inside Photoshop.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

123 video lessons · 13364 viewers

Deke McClelland
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 1h 1m
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
      35s
    2. Content-Aware Fill and Color Adaptation (CC 2014)
      7m 44s
    3. Combining two layers with a layer mask (CC 2014)
      5m 37s
    4. Content-aware healing (CC 2014)
      10m 17s
    5. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    6. Using Content-Aware Patch
      7m 17s
    7. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch
      3m 45s
    8. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 41s
    9. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    10. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    11. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    12. Protecting skin tones
      3m 31s
  3. 32m 55s
    1. Editing the histogram
      1m 50s
    2. The new automatic Levels adjustment
      4m 33s
    3. Customizing a Levels adjustment
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the Gamma value
      2m 7s
    5. Opening up the shadows
      2m 48s
    6. Previewing clipped pixels
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching with Output Levels
      4m 25s
    8. Making channel-by-channel adjustments
      2m 19s
    9. Faking a gray card in post
      2m 51s
    10. Assigning shortcuts to adjustment layers
      3m 29s
  4. 57m 43s
    1. How sharpening works
      1m 38s
    2. Introducing the Smart Sharpen filter
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding the Radius value
      5m 20s
    4. Gauging the best sharpening settings
      5m 45s
    5. Addressing color artifacts and clipping
      5m 49s
    6. The Remove and Reduce Noise options
      4m 22s
    7. The Shadows/Highlights options
      7m 36s
    8. Correcting for camera shake
      6m 47s
    9. Sharpening with the Emboss filter
      5m 45s
    10. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      4m 44s
    11. Painting in sharpness
      3m 1s
  5. 1h 12m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text
      8m 8s
    3. Font and type style tricks
      7m 58s
    4. Type size and color tricks
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters
      8m 9s
    6. Creating and editing area text
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs
      6m 50s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path
      5m 34s
    9. Creating text along a path
      6m 12s
    10. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 45s
    11. Creating and stylizing a logo
      6m 49s
    12. Masking text into image elements
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 9m
    1. The other vector-based layer
      1m 39s
    2. Dotted borders and corner roundness
      8m 14s
    3. Drawing and aligning custom shapes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating your own repeatable custom shape
      5m 43s
    5. Selecting and modifying path outlines (CC 2014)
      6m 5s
    6. Isolating selected layers (CC 2014)
      6m 39s
    7. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones
      6m 31s
    8. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes
      8m 49s
    9. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    10. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    11. Turning a small image into a huge one
      8m 38s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Depth, contour, and texture
      1m 28s
    2. Imparting depth with a layer effect
      9m 9s
    3. The power of the drop shadow
      7m 37s
    4. Modifying a layer and its effects
      6m 21s
    5. Saving custom default settings
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a custom contour
      8m 5s
    7. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      8m 8s
    8. Multiple effects and multiple layers
      7m 45s
    9. Global Light and rasterizing effects
      8m 5s
    10. Gloss and surface contour
      6m 4s
    11. Adding texture to Bevel and Emboss
      7m 21s
  8. 34m 48s
    1. Styles store settings
      1m 38s
    2. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      3m 41s
    3. Redefining a style and styling a word
      5m 38s
    4. Creating and styling a placeholder style
      5m 43s
    5. Applying and creating layer styles
      5m 45s
    6. Loading and customizing layer styles
      5m 42s
    7. Merging and saving layer styles
      6m 41s
  9. 56m 48s
    1. Meet the transformations
      1m 55s
    2. Transformations and Smart Objects
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting the interpolation setting
      5m 10s
    4. Rotating a layer with Free Transform
      5m 22s
    5. Scale, duplicate, and repeat
      4m 30s
    6. Creating a synthetic star field
      5m 20s
    7. Warping a logo with Arc and Flag
      5m 34s
    8. Distort, perspective, and skew
      4m 15s
    9. Using transformations to draw and correct
      7m 0s
    10. Bolstering text with layer effects
      5m 43s
    11. Adding highlights with Lens Flare
      6m 13s
  10. 43m 36s
    1. Removing the weight that the camera adds
      1m 7s
    2. The Warp and Reconstruct tools
      6m 44s
    3. Brush size, hardness, and opacity
      4m 29s
    4. The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools
      7m 12s
    5. Saving and reapplying Liquify settings
      4m 9s
    6. Lifting and slimming details
      9m 42s
    7. Warping legs, arms, and fabric
      5m 33s
    8. Improving a model's posture
      4m 40s
  11. 58m 46s
    1. Shoot in color, convert to black and white
      1m 55s
    2. Three ways to grayscale
      5m 36s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      7m 31s
    4. Simulating an infrared photograph
      6m 39s
    5. Creating a sienna-infused sepia tone
      5m 38s
    6. Creating a hyper-saturated image
      5m 26s
    7. Introducing the Black & White command
      3m 16s
    8. Customizing the Black & White settings
      4m 50s
    9. Black & White meets the Channel Mixer
      7m 29s
    10. Infusing an image with tint and color
      5m 9s
    11. Grayscale and Split Tone in Camera Raw
      5m 17s
  12. 41m 34s
    1. The many ways to print
      1m 41s
    2. Using the test document
      3m 18s
    3. Print, position, and size
      5m 57s
    4. Description and printing marks
      3m 3s
    5. Establishing a bleed
      3m 44s
    6. Getting reliable color
      5m 54s
    7. Special printing options
      5m 1s
    8. Previewing an image at print size
      4m 16s
    9. Creating contact sheets
      4m 49s
    10. Creating a multipage PDF
      3m 51s
  13. 31m 9s
    1. Making Internet imagery
      1m 6s
    2. Introducing Save for Web
      4m 39s
    3. Creating the perfect JPEG image
      5m 14s
    4. Creating a high-contrast GIF image
      6m 23s
    5. The two varieties of PNG
      3m 57s
    6. Downsampling for the web
      5m 59s
    7. Adding copyright and contact info
      3m 51s
  14. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
      1m 3s

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