3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 3, 2012 2:00 PM by Barbara B. RSS

    How do I use the cookie cutter tool?

    awestruck Community Member

      I have a lot of questions to ask on how to use this program. I have Adobe Photoshop Elements 8, and I can't seem to get the tools to work. I click things on and nothing happens or I get a buzz indicating that whatever it is I want to do, I can't. I went to the cookie cutter tool and clicked that on. I figured out how to pick a shape, but then what? No matter what I clicked, nothing happened. How do I get it to work? I have a book called 'Teach Yourself Visually Adobe Photoshop Elements 8' and the pages are very clear, but whatever options are given in the book, I can't find in my program. I am sure part of the problem is that i have this program on a Mac. Maybe the Mac version doesn't work like the PC version. I can't seem to find any directions for this. I clicked on help and it brought me to a web page for Mac Photoshop Elements 8, and I did a search for 'cookie cutter' and nothing came up. I also looked at all the options available for help and didn't see any 'cookie cutter' tool instructions. How can I learn how to use this software? Thanks for any help.

        • 1. Re: How do I use the cookie cutter tool?
          Barbara B. ACP/MVPs

          The editor is pretty much identical between mac and windows, except that on a mac you would use the command key when a keystoke calls for CTRL and the Option key for Alt.


          Do you have a photo open when you go to the cookie cutter? You basically just click and drag over your photo to draw the crop shape. Are you sure you are using the cookie cutter and not the custom shape tool?

          • 2. Re: How do I use the cookie cutter tool?
            awestruck Community Member

            I don't remember what the directions were yesterday, when I was experimenting with Photoshop, but I believe that the directions told me to use the custom shape tool, but I couldn't find it. It said to click on the rectangle, and a menu would come up, but no menu came up. So I thought I would just experiment and click on 'cookie cutter' and see what would happen when I clicked on it. I tried using some keyboard shortcuts to see what would happen (just trying to figure out how to get something to work) and at the web site for Photoshop for Mac, it said to click 'Q' (I can remember what was supposed to happen), but I clicked 'Command' and 'Q' at the same time and it closed the program! The web site didn't say which other key to use with the Q, and nothing happened when I just clicked the Q. Another thing I was trying to do was to make something in Photoshop (this was on another web site) and I had to go to 'window' then the next step was to go to 'channel' and click it on. I went to window and there was no 'channel' in the drop down menu. There were other options, but no 'channel'.

            • 3. Re: How do I use the cookie cutter tool?
              Barbara B. ACP/MVPs

              Okay, first of all, if you want to learn PSE, I'd suggest you stop looking at tutorials for full photoshop till you know your way a little more. There are no channels in PSE.


              What you are reading is evidently a much more complicated way to do what the cookie cutter does in PSE(it's not in PS). Just click here:


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              and then follow the directions in my previous post.