Do you find yourself creating perfectly round circles in Photoshop (or any other image editing software) that aren’t actually perfect? If so, check out this tutorial on how to draw a perfect circle in Photoshop every single time! All you need is the right tool and the right technique! And the best part? No math involved! As long as you follow along with our step-by-step instructions, you’ll be able to create flawless circles in no time at all.
Suppose you’re going to be creating web graphics and don’t have access to Adobe Illustrator or another vector-based drawing program. In that case, you’ll find that Photoshop can be frustrating to use if you aren’t familiar with the pen tool. And because the pen tool only allows you to draw on pixel-level, you may find yourself trying to draw perfect circles in Photoshop with little success. But even though it can be difficult, it’s not impossible! Follow these steps to learn how to create perfect circles in Photoshop every time.
Step 1: Set Up the Document
This step-by-step tutorial will walk you through how to create a perfect circle in Photoshop. We’ll be working on a standard 8.5 x 11 inch document, so we’re going to set up our canvas size to match it. Head over to your Canvas Size tab and set your width and height dimensions: The width should be 20 pixels longer than your document, while the height should be 4 inches longer than your document’s width. So if you have an 8.5 x 11 inch document, you would input those dimensions into Width and Height respectively. Click OK when you’re finished. Step 2: Add a New Layer: Now that we’ve created our canvas size, let’s add a new layer. In order to do that, go up to Layer > New > Layer or press Ctrl + Shift + N on Windows or Command + Shift + N on Mac. A dialog box will appear asking for you to name your new layer; simply type circle without quotes and click OK.
Step 2: Draw
Hit P on your keyboard (that’s letter P, not number p) to bring up Photoshop’s Pen tool. As you can see below, it looks like an old-school fountain pen. Make sure that Shape is selected at the top of your toolbar and then click anywhere on your canvas and drag outwards. We don’t need anything specific yet, we’re just setting up some guides so we know where our circle will be drawn. You’ll notice that as you move your cursor around, different kinds of anchor points appear. These control how smooth or sharp corners are; right now they look all wiggly which means we’ll get rounded corners when we draw our circle. Click once outside of where you made your last mark and then back inside again once more. This tells Photoshop that you want to create a perfect circle from these two points. When you let go of your mouse button, you should have something that looks like a cross between an egg and Pac-Man with four little anchors hanging off each corner. If everything went according to plan, congratulations! You’ve just created a perfect circle using nothing but your mouse. And if not? No big deal—just hit Ctrl+Z (or Cmd+Z on Macs) until things are looking good again.
Step 3: Edit
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To be very specific, I am using Photoshop CC. There are many different ways of drawing circles in photoshop, so I will show you how to draw them perfectly every time. First of all, create a new layer above your lineart on top of which we’re going to begin our circle work. Second, select your brush tool (b). Then right click and choose stroke path. This allows us to draw our circle without having any permanent shapes on our actual lineart. Click anywhere on your canvas and move around it, then adjust until you have a perfect circle; after that get rid of that stroke layer by hitting delete on your keyboard. You should now see your first circle! But wait… something is wrong here. You can see that there is a white outline around your lineart, which looks horrible and ruins everything. To fix that, simply add another blank layer below your lineart and set its blending mode to color burn or soft light depending on what kind of effect you want. In my case I chose color burn because it gives me an almost 3D look with no outlines whatsoever. Now just add some detail lines inside your circle or wherever else you want them! And there you go! A perfect circle every single time in Photoshop!
As you might imagine, there’s no magic formula for making sure your drawing tools are perfectly on target. But if you double-check yourself after every few strokes—and especially if it’s an intricate project that involves many layers—you’ll get better and better at nailing perfect circles time and again. Even if you already know how to draw perfectly round circles, our tips can still come in handy when you’re working with a variety of shapes and lines (especially irregular ones). So print out these instructions now so they’re ready whenever you need them! Good luck! The main advantage of Adobe Illustrator is its powerful vector editing capabilities which enable users to manipulate images in multiple ways without any loss in quality. There are other applications such as CorelDraw and Xara Designer Pro that also have similar capabilities but their versions may not be as up-to-date or stable as Adobe Illustrator. Additionally, vector graphics enable you to produce high resolution images without sacrificing quality. The result is smoother curves, better transitions between colors and smoother fonts compared to bitmap images where scaling usually causes pixilation or distortion. Vector graphics also have less file size than bitmap images since they don’t contain any pixel information like bitmaps do.