Learn Adobe Photoshop – Ellipse Tool

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In this video, Mahalo expert Justin Z. briefly describes how the Ellipse tool works in Photoshop.

Ellipse Tool

The Ellipse tool is a path tool that allows you to create shapes from making paths that can create masks for image manipulation or shapes for graphic design. This tool is just one of a few different shapes tools.
1. Click and hold the button that looks like a “solid rectangle” in the tool bar and drag down to the Ellipse Tool in the drop down menu.2. Click and drag across the image to create a selection.3. The most common use for this tool is creating masks, which is covered in another video in this Photoshop course.4. In the panel at the top of the workspace you are given various Options. The first section of this panel includes the following, starting from the first button on the left:
* Shape Layers allows you to automatically create shapes in your image that will be separate layers.
* Paths allows you to create selections that will be made into masks for image manipulation.
* Fill Pixels will simply create a shape filled with a color and is un-editable.
* The second section of the top Options panel allows you to quickly swap between different path creation tools. This shows how the Pen and Shape tools are united as one main function. Using all of these to their maximum potential allows you to create very precise and controllable masks, making for very easy photo manipulation.
* The third section of the tool bar allows for different options regarding path and shape customization. You can Add Path Areas to allow for combining paths, you can subtract from a path area, you can intersect path areas, and you can create paths that exclude other overlapping paths.

The tool is very simple, but it grows in complication and power as you learn to use it more. It is definitely a tool for the patient as you get to know it better, but it will prove completely worth it when you see what it can do.

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