• Creating an Offset Circle Frame in Photoshop or PSE

    Last week, we began a new series of video tips that will show you how to work with shapes to create interesting accents for your digital projects. The series continues with this tip for making funky little frames with circles.

    To create an offset circle frame, begin by opening a new document in Photoshop or Elements. Set the Foreground color to a color that contrasts with your background.

    Next, get the Ellipse tool. This tool shares a space on the toolbar with the Rectangle tool, the Rounded Rectangle tool and the Custom Shape tool.

    Clicking and holding any of these tools reveals the hidden tools beneath it. Choose the Ellipse tool from the fly-out menu.

    In Photoshop, select the Shape Layers icon in the Options Bar across the top of the editing window.

    Then click the Create a New Shape Layer icon in both Photoshop and Elements.

    Holding the Shift key, click and drag out a circle on your document. Holding the Shift key ensures a perfect circle.

    The shape will be created on its own layer in the Layers Panel.

    Next, click the Subtract from Shape Layer icon in the Options Bar.

    Shift, click and drag out a circle on top of the first circle you created. Without letting go of the Shift or clicker, press the Spacebar on your keyboard to reposition the new circle.

    When you have your new circle in place, let go of the Spacebar, then the clicker, and then the Shift key. This cuts a circular hole in your original circle, creating a frame.

    Fill your new frame with a photo, digital paper, or digital elements. You can digitally “glue” paper to the frame by using it as a clipping mask or apply a layer style to it to give it a different look. These fun little frames are an easy way to add a little whimsy to your pages and get more from kits that you purchase.