5 Replies Latest reply on Dec 29, 2017 8:32 AM by BarbBinder

    Help with "saving" ellipse for cropping

    sg583

      Hi everyone, I am trying to create a layer (?) that is an ellipse. I want to save this ellipse to use to crop different images. I know how to do this for a single photo (i.e., create an ellipse over a square photo and crop a section of that square photo into an ellipse), but I want to use the same ellipse (same size, placement, etc.) to crop different images. Basically, I want to crop a standardized ellipse out of different square images.

       

      Please help! Thank you very much.

        • 1. Re: Help with "saving" ellipse for cropping
          davescm Adobe Community Professional

          I am not sure if I am reading your question correctly but I think you are trying to use a selection shape  from one document as a selection in another?

           

          If so then try this:

           

          1. In document one make your selection, I've used the elliptical marquee

          2. In the channels panel click on the icon to save the selection as an alpha channel

           

          3. Turn on the eye symbol for the Alpha channel and on RGB eye symbol to turn the others off. Ensure the Alpha channel is highlighted

           

          4. Your image should show your selection shape in B&W

           

           

          5. Use the move tool, outside the selection on the image to drag the selection to your second image document. Hold down shift before releasing will centre it

           

          It will appear in the second document as an alpha channel. By clicking the symbol at the bottom you can turn it into a selection on your second document

           

           

          Alternatively you could record an action - making a selection and cropping which you can record and play in the other documents

           

           

          Dave

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          • 2. Re: Help with "saving" ellipse for cropping
            BarbBinder Adobe Community Professional

            Basically, I want to crop a standardized ellipse out of different square images.

            Dave's idea works with a Layer mask so here's an alternative: a vector mask. I like vector masks because of their precision, their ease of editing and because I can see the size and position in the Properties panel.

             

            Set the Mode to Path, then draw the Ellipse with the Ellipse tool. Adjust with the Selection and/or Direct Selection tools if necessary.

             

            Screenshot 2017-12-28 16.32.08.png

             

            With the Path still selected, choose Layer > Vector Mask > Current Path.

             

            Open up one or more files and use Window > Arrange so that you can see all of them (not required, but makes it more visual). Then drag the Vector mask ellipse to the next file.

            Screenshot 2017-12-28 16.32.43.png

             

            If you need it centered, hold the Shift while dragging. Otherwise check the placement in the Properties panel. These pups aren't lined up like headshots might be, so I moved the second one a bit with the Selection tool (the black arrow). The sizes are identical. Then Layer > Vector Mask > Current Path.

             

            And repeat.

             

            Screenshot 2017-12-28 16.34.42.png

            ~Barb

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            • 3. Re: Help with "saving" ellipse for cropping
              Semaphoric Adobe Community Professional

              Using an elliptical path, you could do it like this

               

              Use the Elliptical Shape tool (with Path set in the Options) to get your ellipse the shape you want it, and Edit > Define Custom Shape. Give it a good identifying name. Then, when you want to use it, use the Custom Shape tool, and select your saved shape from the drop-down Shape menu. In the little cogwheel drop-down menu, select Defined Proportions. Now, when you drag out this shape (again, as a path), it will have the same proportions as your original ellipse. Finally, Layer > Vector Mask > Current Path.

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              • 4. Re: Help with "saving" ellipse for cropping
                mglush Adobe Community Professional

                Just for fun, here is one more option you can try: Use the Elliptical Marquee tool to create your selection (ellipse). From the Select menu, choose Save Selection and give it a name. You can now Load the selection any time and in multiple documents anytime you need it.

                 

                You can also use the Save Selection option to save it into another open or new document:

                Screen Shot 2017-12-28 at 10.39.55 PM.png

                Just wanted to give you one more option in your Photoshop arsenal!

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                • 5. Re: Help with "saving" ellipse for cropping
                  BarbBinder Adobe Community Professional

                  So many great options, sg583! Let us know which one you go with!

                   

                  ~Barb