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Rounded Corners in Photoshop
Tutorials Photoshop Tips 30609 November 21st, 2018

In this quick tutorial I will show you how to create rounded corners in Photoshop using some simple masking techniques and filters. You can customize the corner radius to obtain a round edge corners for your shape, text, etc. It is a fast and simple method to create a round corner and you will obtain great results. You can use it for rounded corner photos using the result as layer mask.

Round Corners & Smooth Edges (Photoshop Actions)

If you want to save time, use this free Smoothing Edges Photoshop action. You can also try this free Rounded Corners Photoshop action if you want to make rounded images.

How to Create Rounded Corners in Photoshop

You can make rounded corners in Photoshop using this simple and quick technique. In the same way you can make smooth edges in Photoshop.

how to create rounded corners in Photoshop

Shapes with Rounded Corners

You can create a rectangle with rounded corners in Photoshop using the Rounded Rectangle Tool. Another shape that has rounded edges is the circle or the ellipse. But, Photoshop doesn't have a filter or other tool to create a round corner. Illustrator for example allows you to apply non-destructive rounded corners effect to pretty much any object. In Effects menu, simply choose Stylize > Rounded Corners.

create rounded corners in Photoshop

In this quick tutorial I will show you a simple method to apply rounded corners in Photoshop to text, shapes or any other raster image. One thing that you need to know is that we have to rasterize the text and shapes, so you will not be able to edit them after that.

Let's start with a simple star vector shape with acute angles(it works great for right angles as well).

Now you have to rasterize the shape; right click and choose Rasterize Layer. You will have to do the same if you use Text Layers.

Go to Filter>Blur menu and choose Gaussian Blur. The radius of the Gaussian Blur depend on the size of your image and the result that you want to obtain. I will choose 5 pixels.

Press CTRL and click on the layer thumbnail to make a Photoshop selection. Go to Select menu and choose Refine Edge with the following settings. You can experiment with Smooth and Feather options to see different effects. Leave the Contrast to 100.

Refine Edge in Photoshop CC

To bring back the Refine Edge in Photoshop CC thy the following technique.

With the selection or mask active, press-and-hold Shift, and go to Select > Select and Mask. This will open the Refine Edge window instead of the Select and Mask Workspace!

Pick the color of the shape, in our case yellow anf Fill the selection with that color. Press SHIFT+F5 to fill with color.

The last step is to add this selection as layer mask and that is all. You have now a star shape with rounded corners.

You can apply this technique for creating text with round corner as you can see in the image below. You can create your own customized font.

Rounded Corners in Photoshop

Images with Rounded Corners

Add a rounded rectangle using the Rectangle Tool. You can set the radius. I will use 100px radius to make a rectangle with rounded corners. You can not change the radius of the rectangle after you draw it.

Rounded Rectangle

Then place your image above the rounded rectangle layer. Righ click and choose Create Clipping Mask. You now have an image with rounded corners.

Rounded Image

Rounded Corners Photoshop Action | FREE Download

Use this free Rounded Corners Photoshop action if you want to make rounded images with 1-click!

If you don't have Photoshop, there is another alternative to make rounded corners images or circle images. Crop image to circle online with MockoFun photo editor which is a free online tool.

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3 comment(s) for "Rounded Corners in Photoshop"

1:37 AM Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Here you have an useful tutorial for creating rounded corners in Photoshop using custom shapes. It is great Photoshop tip for making shapes with round corners. reply
1:22 AM Sunday, November 25, 2018
Will this tutorial work in PS CS6 for Windows 10????? reply
1:23 AM Sunday, November 25, 2018
I am not sure, you have to try it! reply

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