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Create easy image callouts with this trick

Added on Tuesday 17th of February 2009 01:07 am EST


Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3

Operating System:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


Sometimes I need to circle parts of my digital images to show the designers where there are color problems or to point out objects I’d like removed. I often print them and circle the areas with a marker, but what’s the easiest way to do this digitally?


Whether you need to point designers to an image’s flawed areas or call out an object from a crowd, circular strokes are a great way to accomplish this. Unfortunately, Photoshop doesn’t have the same tools as Illustrator or InDesign where you have the luxury of adding a stroked shape to your file. But don’t worry, we’ve got a workaround!


Call attention to a spot

When you need to add callouts to images, you want to do it in a way that is non-destructive to your original image. We’ll add a callout to the Jeep shown in Figure A. Can you spot it? You will in a minute!



To add a callout to your image:

1.       Open your image in Photoshop.

2.      Create a new layer (to preserve the image detail) by clicking the Create A New Layer button in the Layers palette.