Last updated: January 5, 2017
The Photoshop rounded rectangle tool can save you a lot of frustration when you need to make that shape, but the tool itself isn’t easy to find. Manually creating rounded corners on rectangles in Photoshop can be difficult, especially if you are trying to keep some symmetry on the rectangle. Fortunately the rounded rectangle tool in Photoshop CS5 can be incredibly useful, as it can automate the process, which makes it both faster and, typically, achieves superior results.
This tool can be especially useful if you are creating something with buttons for a website, where 90 degree angles on navigation buttons might not look very appealing. You will also have some control over the appearance of the rounded rectangle, as you can specify the amount of rounding that you want to occur on the corners.
How to make a Rounded Rectangle in Photoshop CS5
This tutorial will show you how to find the rounded rectangle tool in Photoshop CS5, as well as show you some of the options that you have for customizing it. Creating a new rounded rectangle shape will generate a new shape layer, so you do not need to worry about the shape disrupting any of the content that you already have on existing layers.
Step 1: Open your image in Photoshop CS5, or launch Photoshop CS5 and create a new image.
Step 2: Right-click the Shape Tool near the bottom of the toolbar, then click the Rounded Rectangle Tool option.
Step 3: Select your options from the settings at the top of the window. Adjusting the value in the Radius field will increase or decrease the amount of rounding that occurs on the corners of the rectangle, and adjusting the color will change the color of the rounded rectangle.
Step 4: Draw your rectangle on the canvas.
Summary – How to make a Photoshop rounded rectangle
- Right-click the Shape Tool in the toolbox, then select the Rounded Rectangle Tool.
- Adjust the rounded rectangle tool option in the toolbar at the top of the window.
- Click on your canvas, then hold down the mouse and drag outward to create the rounded rectangle.
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