Photoshop Elements 2018 - Dotted line around a picture...

New Here ,
May 12, 2019 May 12, 2019

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OK - relatively newbie with Photoshop (so please be gentle... )

I have a couple of simple b/w clipart images that I want to add a general dotted line around the outside - ideally about 10mm around the general shape, which will give us a cutting guide line for my team of volunteers to cut around said picture.

To give the basic idea - these are two clipart butterflies which we're sending to schools for the kids to colour in - once done they'll be sent back and the team need to cut them out ready for a big public display, so ideally the cut lines need to be fairly generic.

I can't see an easy way of doing this - have tried drawing the line freehand but not the easiest thing with just a mouse (don't have a pen/pad facility sadly).

So hoping someone out there might have a suggestion.

Thanks

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May 12, 2019 May 12, 2019

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See if something here helps:

How+do+I+make+a+dotted+line+in+Photoshop

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 12, 2019 May 12, 2019

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As with all things Photoshop, there are multiple ways to accomplish this. The trick is knowing what you want to do.

In the video below, the approach uses the following steps:

  • Create a selection around the object using the quick selection tool;
  • Use the Select menu to smooth and expand the selection;
  • Convert the selection to a work path, and use it to create a shape;
  • Modify the shape properties to have a transparent fill and dashed stroke.

Its easier than it sounds:

As I mentioned, there are many ways to get the job done in Photoshop. I hope this helps!

Mike

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May 13, 2019 May 13, 2019

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I'd been sent that same video but stumbled when it said 'right click and select MAKE WORK PATH' - unless I'm doing something wrong (likely) that work path option is not available that I can see...

I do appear to have a different screen layout to that shown in the video, though - I'm on PS Elements 2018...

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May 13, 2019 May 13, 2019

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Ynot_D  wrote

I'm on PS Elements 2018...

Moving to Photoshop Elements from Photoshop

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May 13, 2019 May 13, 2019

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Ynot_D  wrote

I'd been sent that same video but stumbled when it said 'right click and select MAKE WORK PATH' - unless I'm doing something wrong (likely) that work path option is not available that I can see...

I do appear to have a different screen layout to that shown in the video, though - I'm on PS Elements 2018...

Hi that tutorial is for Photoshop and you're using Photoshop Elements, 2 different applications

Creating Path from Selection in Photoshop Elements

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LEGEND ,
May 13, 2019 May 13, 2019

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In Elements select the brush tool and choose a square brush of about 9 or 10 pixels

Click the brush settings button and adjust spacing and roundness until you see a dashed preview

Click once on your image where you wish to start the line, hold down shift and click again at the end point. Holding down shift will give you a precise horizontal or vertical line. Click image below to  enlarge. If preferred you can make the brush setting give just dots by using roundness/spacing and choosing a different brush preset.

dashed.jpg

Settings.jpg

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Mentor ,
May 13, 2019 May 13, 2019

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More on 99jon's method...

To get rounded dots you can initially choose a hard round brush size.

For a straight horizontal or vertical line: click start point, hold Shift, and draw.

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New Here ,
May 13, 2019 May 13, 2019

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Thanks all for the pointers.
I was still struggling so enlisted assistance from a friend who was better able to interpret the solution than I was.

All sorted now.

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