This super easy Photoshop tutorial will show you how to create rounded corners for any image. It might sound like a silly thing to do a tutorial on, but I cannot tell you how many times I forgot the steps involved with doing this!
For this tutorial, I chose a picture of a beautiful tree I took while in Virginia.
As with all tutorials, this is using Photoshop CS4. (click to expand images)
STEP 1: Start by turning the image into a layer. In the layers palette, double click on background and click OK on the pop-up menu. Next, create a new layer by going to the top of the screen and clicking on Layer>New. (You can also create a new layer by selecting Shift+Ctl+N)
Your layers palette should look like this:
STEP 2: With the new layer highlighted, go to the right toolbar and select the rounded rectangle tool.
Now draw a rectangle on the new layer you created.
The fill color makes no difference, so do not worry about that at all.
STEP 3: Double click on the layer you just drew the rectangle on. The Layer Style box will appear. In the advanced blending box, slide the fill opacity to 0%.
STEP 4: Now go back down to the Layers palette and select the Paths tab. Click on the upper right corner of the palette and select Make Selection.
STEP 5: With the selection still highlighted (dotted lines) go to Edit>Copy Merged. Create a new document and select Edit>Paste. There you go! Here’s my final result: