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How do I crop a picture that is circular.  It has to be the right size, how do I do that?
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Question by:VBBRett
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by:epichero22
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I would use the circular selection tool.  Make your selection, Edit->Copy, then File->New.  It will automatically adjust the canvas size to the size of your selection.  Paste it on a transparent background.
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by:VBBRett
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Where can I find the circular selection tool?
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Sorry, in Photoshop it's called the elliptical marque tool.  On the toolbar, it should be in the upper left corner.  If you see a rectangle with broken lines, it's underneath that tool.  Either click and hold it, or try pushing "M" on the keyboard several times to select it.

If you hold shift while dragging the elliptical marque tool, it will draw a perfect circle.
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The best way is to use the Ellipse Shape Tool to achieve this. Firs click on the Ellipse shape tool from the left side toolbar (click and hold the square tool to access the Ellipse tool). With it selected you can now click on the custom shape option menu from the top toolbar. In the options you will see text input areas for you to specify the size. Here is a screenshot:
 Ellipse
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LOL gee thanks VB Brett.  Jeremyjared74, you posted the exact same solution I posted before you, yet you get all the points.  Wtf IMO.
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epichero22:


I wouldn't say it was the same exact solution
If you will notice I showed him how to set the ellipse tool dimensions from the top toolbar without having to create a separate file (which is the correct way).

I really don't care about the points, but if you feel you have been wronged you can request attention.
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by:jeremyjared74
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Also, you suggested the "Elliptical Marquee" tool, I mentioned the "Ellipse Shape Tool". The marquee tool doesn't allow you to set the dimension so it really is a better solution IMO. No hard feelings.
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by:VBBRett
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Sorry guys, you all did a good job of answering my question.  I am going to raise this question to the moderators so that I can give all of you credit evenly.  I truly do appreciate all of your efforts.
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