Draw a Circle Around a Face

by Jonathan
(Los Angeles)

Q: I have an old class photo and I want to draw a colored circle around one face.

This is a very simple and common need and yet there does not seem to be a simple way to do it: using the various tools blots out the face or results in some other unwanted transformation. There appears to be some multi-step way using layers to do this, but all I want is to draw a simple circle. Is this possible?

A: Hey Jonathan, It's actually pretty easy to do in Photoshop Elements. Just follow these easy steps:
  1. Choose the Elliptical Marquee tool from the Toolbox by clicking on it. It may be nested under the Rectangular Marquee tool so just click and hold on the Rectangular Marquee and you will be able to select it.
  2. Drag diagonally with the Elliptical Marquee to make a selection around the face you want. If you want to draw a perfect circle hold down the Shift key as you drag.
  3. Go up to the Edit menu and choose Stroke (Outline) Selection…. In the Dialog box that appears you can choose the color and width of the line, as well as some other options you can try. Click OK and waalaa, you have your circle.

I hope that does it for you.
Good luck,

Click here to post comments

Return to Photoshop Elements Q & A.

Search This Site:

Sign up for my newsletter
BECAUSE… You get

  • 4 Step-By-Step Videos showing Tips being used 
  • One-Page Printable Cheat Sheets of Tips

Get My Photoshop Elements Books for just $3.99 from Amazon

More Content… follow me:

"Just a note to say I LOVE your site! There seem to be a few PS Elements tutorials sites, but yours is by far the clearest and easiest to understand. Thanks!" - Ellie

"Watching your tutorials even about things that I think I know I ALWAYS learn something new. A big thank you!" - Douglas

"I am thrilled to find such useful and easy-to-understand information for using Photoshop Elements. I can't wait to use your tutorials (especially with my scrapbooking obsession)" - Judy in MS

Good day Rick, "I very appreciate ALL, ALL of your tutos. Very very clear and useful tips, tricks and techniques of how-to in PSE9. A great great work!" - Hoan

"Love your tutorials on YouTube. Very clear and helpful. Thanks a bunch." -

"I love your videos! They have been such a BIG help. I bought the Dummies book, and it's OK, but I do better by watching instead of reading. Kudos to you!" - Cheers, Kathy

"Thank you for this site! I found it through one of your videos on YouTube.
Again, thank you so much!" - Vanessa

"This is really a truly generous and very admirable website!" - Cheers, Jonas

"Hi Rick! First I've got to say thank you for all the information you share. I can't wait to see the "tips and tricks" you are working on because it sounds like those will help things all come together.
I've gone thru several of your tutorials and learn so much. I can't praise you enough for your time and patience." - Vicki.

"Your website is a great service and I thank you!"
 - Kind Regards, April

"A big thanks to you and your website, and the
 information and help I get from it, its much appreciated." - Rob

Rick - "Many thanks for your advice, that I will take. A big thank you as well for you outstandingly good tutorials. You do seem to have an amazing knack of making quite complicated tasks seem easy and straightforward. I am a fan!" - With Best Wishes, Tony

"Much more helpful than PS Elements 9 for Dummies book.... Thanks so much for your site..truly easy to follow." - Karin

Hi Rick. Just wanted to say a big thank you for all of the great information contained in your tutorials. I've stumbled around PS9 for quite a few weeks now and can't believe quite how easily you explain the different aspects. It's way, way more powerful than I imagined and now, for me, usable too. A big, big thank you from the UK. - Guy