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Tech Confidential: How to Create a 6 Circle Photo Vignette in Photoshop03|17|12
This is a tutorial on how to create a cute little photo vignette in 6 circles-- perfect for use in a blog, mood board, or any other digital files you can think of.
What this tutorial requires is some sort of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements software, though it can probably be done similarly with a lot of other photo-editing software. Here, I'm using Photoshop CS5.
Then I placed all of my images. I used File>Place, and rasterized [Layer>Rasterize or Right-click>Rasterize] them all, each on their own layer. I named them 1-6 so I wouldn't get lost. I trimmed each photo so they weren't overlapping by selecting the overlapping bits and deleting them from each photo's layer.
See what's going on below? Sacre Coeur, Photo 5, is overlapping that Eiffel Tower at night picture (Photo 6). So I selected the overlapp-y part, made sure I was on Photo 5's layer, and then deleted that part of the image.
This is where the magic happens. I move the Circle Mask Template layer to the bottom. Then, I select each of the photo layers (Shift+click on the layers). Then, I right-click on the layers, and a menu pops up. Scroll down to "Create Clipping Mask" and click.
You can also point your cursor at the lines BETWEEN the layers, and opt.+click. This will give you a little overlapping circle icon. That will create a clipping mask as well.
Save that bad boy as a .jpg for Web and Devices [File> Save for Web and Devices], and you are set to publish to your site.
Click here for the full PSD file with photo layers
Click here for the Circle Mask Template file (.psd)
Disclaimer: I'm a self-taught Photoshop gal, and there may be other ways to do this that I just don't know. Also, this might be very different in other Photoshop versions. But the basics will remain the same.
All of the images in this tutorial (including the photos from Paris) are property of Melissa Fasolino, Zucchini & Co.