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Problem cutting a rounded image out of existing picture in Photoshop.

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Last Modified: 2013-11-05
I have a picture that I would like to cut a section out of so that is has rounded corners.  I googled and found many tutorials like this explaining the process.


I can follow the steps until the point it tells me to go to Paths.  I'm unable to choose Make Selection from the menu.  It is a greyed out option.

Is there an easier way than this or can someone tell me how to get the Paths section working?  I'm using CS3.


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Make sure the correct layer is selected ( the "Shape" layer).


I've tried them all.  When the Shape layer is selected, the Paths tab is empty and the Make Selection option is greyed out.
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i still can't get the path to work but I figured this out.  Don't know if it is the best method or not but here's what I did:

1.  Created 1 Layer w/ Orig Photo.
2.  Created new layer and drew a rounded rectangle over the desired portion.
3.  (On shape layer) Chose blending options and, under Advanced, set opacity to 0%.
4.  (On shape layer) Ctrl+A and click to select shape.
5.  With rounded rectangle selected, went to Edit->Copy Merged.
6.  Created new layer and pasted the merged image on to it.

Again, maybe not the best solution but I got the desired result.

Thanks for your help.  

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Im glad that you found a work around. However smdcrc was correct in telling you to select the correct layer, however you ALSO have to have the path selected. Normally, when you select a shape layer, the path is selected as well. However, if you inadvertently click on the layer path, you can turn the path selection off and not even notice it.

Here is an example of having the wrong layer selected. Im sure that you didnt do this.

Here is having the correct layer selected BUT the shape path is NOT selected

See the subtle difference between the above example where the shape path is NOT selected and this one where the shape path IS selected:

When you go to the paths palette and the shape path IS NOT selected it will look like this

If the shape path is selected in the layers pallet then the path will be selected when you open the Paths palette.
You can touch on the path in the Paths Palette to select it. Either way, your Make Selection option will be available

You were almost there, you just didnt know it.

David B


I selected the "Proposed Solution" by mistake...it should be "Comment"

smcdrc had the correct answer all along and should get the points!

I was just clarifying what he had said.

David B


D Brugge - Thanks for the explanation.  I knew I was missing something in the process from what smcdrc was saying.

I agree.  Points awarded.


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