I am new to drawing using APsE, so pardon me if this is a stupid question.
I am having a terrible time drawing a complex segmented circle. The outer circle I got from a file. I then drew 3-pixel black lines dividing the circle into 12 pie-shaped regions.
Problem 1: I wanted an inner circle that would be transparent fill but have a normal 3-pixel outline. Any circle I draw can have a black or white fill (but not a transparent one), and there doesn't seem to be any way to have the circle edge be black. The menu item Edit/Stroke Outline would seem to be the answer but it is always dimmed.
Temporary solution: I made the inner circle black-filled, then added another slightly smaller white-filled circle, and moved the latter over the black-filled circle so only the thin black outer edge showed, effectively giving me a circle with a black edge.
Problem 2: I still needed those 3-pixed lines dividing the inner circle into pie-shaped segments that matched the outer circle. I can draw only 1 pixel-wide lines (wider lines disappear - why is this?), but as soon as I draw a third line the second line disappears. For example, I can draw vertical and horizontal lines, but as soon as I draw a line 30 degrees off-vertical it one of the other lines disappears.
Temporary solution: None
I believe I went wrong when I started doing multiple circles. I would have no problem if I could just make an inner circle with the edge showing black but the inside being transparent.
BTW, I want to then select, in the inner circle, alternating pie shapes and filling them with black. If you see I am going to get into trouble doing that please let me know and offer a solution.
Thanks. I'm quite good at computers but graphics is like color to a blind person.
P.S. I am on Windows 7 64-bit SP-1 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.0
Until I have more time to work on this, there's just one comment:
You'd be better off using a vector-based drawing program, such as CorelDraw. Vector programs can create the objects you're looking for very easily.
Try this for the circle with black outline, transparent in the center:
6 Access the magic wand tool. Be sure that "contiguous" is checked on the tool's option bar, then hit delete on the keyboard
For the straight lines, you can access the line tool(U), hold down the shift key to get a straight line. Each line will be on a separate layer. Use the move tool to position the line(s) to suit.
Here is a link to protractors:
https://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=pfwl&tok=G1X0pJJFQ4Ldf5kTK1miQA&c p=5&gs_id=e&xhr=t&q=protractor&pf=p&sclient=psy-ab&source=hp&pbx=1&oq= protr&aq=0&aqi=g4&aql=&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp =9662fec27b9e4b73&biw=948&bih=374
The final layers:
And the final image:
Whooooops! I see that the line segments aren't centered in the circles. Add step 24a:
24a. Select the layers and use the Move tool's Alignment options to center everything.
After step 25, you might have to re-align the loaded selection with the image....
To get the transparency you want in the segments of the inner circle, simply select the segments with the Magic Wand and hit the Delete key, hide all the layers except the top one, then save the image as a PNG:
Message was edited by: photodrawken to add correction.